Corporate Venture Capital Is King In Japan

social CANDY japanWhen it comes to raising money in the U.S., corporate venture capital is seemingly synonymous with “Plan C.” If you can’t raise money from top-tier firms, you move on to Plan B, second-tier firms. Failing that, Plan C is corporate.

There are exceptions, but corporate does tend to be the last resort: The place you go when your company has been shopped, or your valuation is so high that the only investors insane enough to write you a check have hoards of “dumb money” to spend.

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All You Need to Know About Business Incubators

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Definition: An organization designed to accelerate the growth and success of entrepreneurial companies through an array of business support resources and services that could include physical space, capital, coaching, common services, and networking connections .

Business incubation programs are often sponsored by private companies or municipal entities and public institutions, such as colleges and universities. Their goal is to help create and grow young businesses by providing them with necessary support and financial and technical services.

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Considering VC for Your Business? Here’s What You Need to Know

Venture Capital In case you hadn’t noticed, funding by venture capital firms has declined significantly in the last few years. But investments by big companies such as Google, GE, Intel, SAP and IBM have picked up the slack. In fact, the National Venture Capital Association reports that 2013 was a banner year for corporate venture capital, with companies participating in nearly 20 percent of the deals and 10 percent of the dollars invested.

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Google Ventures Launches $100 Million Startup Fund in Europe

Google venture fundCiting the “compelling” success of European companies like SoundCloud and Spotify, Google Ventures is starting a new $100 million fund to support the work of entrepreneurs across Europe.

The new office will be headquartered in London, adding to locations in Boston, New York and San Francisco.

In a blog post announcing the move, managing partner and Google Ventures co-founder Bill Maris wrote “startups need more than just capital to succeed: they also benefit from engineering support, design expertise, and guidance with recruiting, marketing and product management…We believe Europe’s startup scene has enormous potential.”

Google Ventures, Google’s venture capital investment arm, launched in 2009 and has since contributed funding to 250 companies, including Uber, Flatiron Health, cloud-based companies ZenPayroll and Cloudera, social site About.Me and smart-thermostat maker Nest Labs, which Google bought for $3.2 billion back in January.

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Announcing Tech.London

Tech.LondonAs an epic milestone for London’s rapidly growing technology ecosystem, Mayor of London Boris Johnson announced yesterday the launch of Tech.London, a comprehensive online hub designed to connect, support and grow London’s tech and startup community. The result of a public/private partnership between Mayor of London, IBM and Gust, Tech.London is the city’s place to meet tech and startups and will bring together detailed information about over 1,000 London-based tech and digital companies. 

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Will Corporate Venture Capital Disrupt the Traditional Investment Ecosystem?

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Corporate venture capital is picking up speed in the investment industry, as large companies start setting aside funds for external investment in fledgling companies or startups.

Tech giants like Intel, Dell and AMD all have strong track records with their proprietary funds, and more companies like Microsoft and Salesforce are now entering the venture-fund game. During the past four years more than 475 corporate venture funds have started, bringing the worldwide total to more than 1,100, according to Global Corporate Venturing.

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The Difference Between Angel Investment and Venture Capital

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When it comes to financing your startups, shows such as Dragon’s Den can make you think it’s all about impressing investors and winning millions of pounds off the bat. In fact, investment comes in all shapes and sizes. Investment in the tech sector has already reached £459m this quarter, but if you are seeking to bring an investor on board, what are the options for you?

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How and Why Startups, Corporations Can Work Together

social CANDY 03IN AN ACQUISITION-HAPPY environment, many in the tech world believe that corporations and startups can’t form mutually beneficial relationships without one ultimately buying out the other. In fact, startups that are adamant on keeping their identity and building their own reputation are often reluctant to partner with larger, more established companies. But startups shouldn’t feel like they are “selling out” by teaming up with bigger companies, and corporations shouldn’t feel wary of startup culture not jiving with company ethos.

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Why Big Companies Want In

Corporate venture capital is picking up speed in the investment industry, as large companies start setting aside funds for external investment in fledgling companies or startups.

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Tech giants like Intel, Dell and AMD all have strong track records with their proprietary funds, and more companies like Microsoft and Salesforce are now entering the venture-fund game. During the past four years more than 475 corporate venture funds have started, bringing the worldwide total to more than 1,100, according to Global Corporate Venturing.

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