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Masters of Corporate Venture Capital: Collective Wisdom from 50 VCs Best Practices for Corporate Venturing How to Access Startup Innovation & How to Get Funded Paperback – August 18, 2016
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At Rubicon Venture Capital we are organizing a series of events in San Francisco, New York and London bringing together panels of top CVCs to discuss the subject and network.
Our first event is planned for September 29th in London. Register here: CVCLondon.eventbrite.com.
We are still finalizing dates and venues for the same event in SF and NYC. Please contact me if you want to host or sponsor a similar event anywhere worldwide. Our typical format is networking, VC panel, quick talk sharing findings of my research and then plenty of time for networking, food and drinks bringing together entrepreneurs, angels, VCs and corporates.
Here's the back story of why I wrote this book.
A large Chinese technology corporate asked me to advise them on forming their own CVC. I told them that I would interview at least 20 to 30 of the top CVCs I already knew and ask them how they do everything from strategy to operations, investment committees, etc. I promised to compile this research and deliver it to them in a private form and also write a book to be shared with the public. I asked my CVC colleagues to share information that I could share with my client and also to sign off on case studies and stories to be included in this book. I also reached out to the large Rubicon VC database asking for stories and interviews from independent financial VCs, CEOs, lawyers and bankers and compiled the best stories with the best advice. I realized that this book was not just essential reading for existing CVCs and corporates thinking of launching CVCs, but that entrepreneurs and VCs thinking of raising CVC funding would also benefit from reading this book. If you outline the playbook of how a CVC invests, their process, what synergies they can unlock and related challenges, this is like reading the playbook of your opponent before going into the negotiation. A deeper understanding of this topic also helps the startups, angels, VCs and CVCs work together more effectively understanding each other's challenges to maximize chances for achieving the huge possible synergies. This is essential reading for anyone seeking to raise capital from these 50 CVCs and other CVCs. I truly believe that when CVC is done right it can move mountains for the startup. When it's done wrong it can be a disaster.
I hope to see you at one of our events (rubicon.vc/our-events/) this fall!
Andrew C. Romans
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I learned quite a bit about CVCs I thought I knew well. It turns out knowing the principles isn't the same as knowing the mission and habits which can be a bit guarded when in a deal situation. Hats off to Mr. Romans again.
I build entrepreneur centers around Texas in partnership with cities, investment groups and corporations and this book helped me not only understand the investment world deeper but on the strategies for innovation and the ecosystem of buyers and sellers.
If you are an:
- entrepreneur - read this so you can build a product with an acquisition or strategic corporate partnership in mind
- investor - read this so you can learn to attract capital from corporations and work with them to fund your portfolio
- corporation - read this so you can learn from the successes and failures of other corporations who have grown through cvc.
Well done Andrew.
All in all a timely read for both corporate executives thinking of (or already having) CVC, start-ups (as approaching and dealing with CVCs is substantially different from financial VCs) and VCs (considering corporates as potential LPs).
1. It may be the only recent book that focuses on corporate venture capital (CVC). Among the VC books, some are more suited for entrepreneurs, while others are for VCs. Among the books for VCs, Andrew's is very focused on CVC. CVC is different from independent VC, thus it's invaluable to read Andrew's book that addresses CVC issues. My search on Amazon has yet to yield another book quite like it.
2. It's very practical. Corporations are different from one another, therefore CVCs are different. How do you address the kind of "it depends" questions? Andrew's answer is through case studies. He interviews a large number of people seasoned in the field and, through their experiences, sheds light on the best practices. This approach makes the book very practical and very relevant for every reader's situation.
3. It's structured well. For the impatient readers, go to the conclusion chapter of the book. You will get a distilled summary of the chapters before. For the patient ones, the rest of the chapters offers more details and references to further explore even beyond this book. On the structure itself, first, the book talks about the goals of CVC, as crystallizing the thinking is key. Second, it talks about the entry strategies of a CVC, i.e., direct investment, accelerator and FoF. Third, it talks about best practices. After that, the book has more chapters for entrepreneurs working with CVCs, industry overview, etc.
This is a must-have book for people working in CVC. Thank you, Andrew, for bringing it to the world!
What I found in this book that I couldn't find anywhere else was a collection of the insights and observations from fifty VCs whose perspectives ran the full gamut from those investing primarily for financial returns vs. those looking for strategic investment leading to acquisition to move the needle on corporate innovation and growth. There are benefits and dangers involved in working with different VCs and this book provides the background investors and entrepreneurs need to be successful when engaging with this now huge sector of venture capital.
Highly, highly recommend buying this book if you're a founder, VC, or just curious about the Corporate Venture Capital world.