Welcome to the June issue of the NVCA CVG Connection. I am delighted to inform you that we have the most packed issue of this publication since we launched. This quarter’s featured theme is Deep Learning/AI and we have some terrific content on that topic. George Ugras, Managing Director IBM Ventures explores the promise of… Read More Welcome to the June 2016 Issue of the NVCA CVG Connection
By Kaloyan Andonov and Toby Lewis, GCV Analytics There are few areas generating more buzz than artificial intelligence at present. This in turn is driving a boom in corporate venturing in the sector. Since 2011 funding rounds of AI startups with corporate participants have increased significantly from merely a couple per year to over twenty back… Read More Corporate AI Venturing Booms
By Gopal Rajaraman Investment Principal, Motorola Solutions Venture Capital The history of the Motorola Solutions Venture Capital (MSVC) team began in 1999 when Motorola Inc. leaders centralized corporate venture capital (CVC) investing activities under one banner. In the early 2000s, the focus of the CVC unit was primarily mobile and telecom technologies. After the spinoffs and divestiture… Read More How Deep Learning Is Emerging As A Path Toward Real Time Public Safety Intelligence
By William Kilmer In 1998 Eastman Kodak was still a powerhouse in the photography market, holding 85 percent market share for photo paper. Nascent digital camera technology was already 13 years old, developed internally by a Kodak engineer. Fast forward four short years to 2002, and Kodak’s paper and film processing business was undermined by… Read More Venturing from the Core: Risky, Hard, and Necessary
By Jessica Straus, NVCA VP of Development Welcoming New Leadership The NVCA Corporate Venture Group (CVG) serves as the voice and advisory council of corporate venture investors within the broader NVCA community. Together, these leaders advance the education, professional development and networking mission of corporate venture groups, enabling them to accelerate the progress of innovation and… Read More Welcoming New Leadership of the NVCA Corporate Venture Advisory Group
By George Ugras Managing Director, IBM Ventures There was a recent discussion in New York City titled, Should We Trust The Promise Of Artificial Intelligence? The two sides argued passionately about how the creation of something in our image leveraging the continuous march of Moore’s Law and better networks and faster data storage and improving algorithms… Read More The Promise of Artificial Intelligence
By Laurence Hayward Make a wish that corporate venture continues to grow. It is an increasingly vital source of capital for many companies.