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CVC Forum: Collaboration & Post-Deal Management

CVC Forum: Collaboration & Post-Deal Management

For CVCs, investors, strategy and corporate development executives. Panels of CVCs discuss topics relevant to Best Practices for CVCs.

Date: March 25, 2021 Time: 12:00 - 1:30 Zoom
This CVC Forum webinar will feature a panel of experienced CVC professionals who will discuss examples and best practices around finding creative value-adding approaches to collaborate with startups. Post-deal management of portfolio companies will be addressed with an emphasis on ways to set up and realize strategic impact. We will touch on some of the following topics:
  • Measures for performance relative to collaboration
  • Gaining corporate attention and priority to partner with startups
  • Types of agreements that get traction
  • Red flags and watch-outs regarding interactions between corporations and startups
  • Sharing of responsibility for post-deal management outside the CVC group


CVC Forum moderator Mark Klopp
Mark Klopp
Mark Klopp is an independent consultant and advisor on corporate venture capital and innovation. He is also a Managing Director with Coronis Medical Ventures, an accelerator and seed fund focused on medical devices. Mark is an active angel investor, co-founder and advisor for private companies and serves on the board of several charities. Mark is a former Board Member of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and served as Chairman and a member of the Executive Committee for the Corporate Venture Group. Formerly Managing Director of Eastman Ventures, Eastman Chemical Company’s corporate venture capital arm, Mark started up and led the company’s efforts to invest in and partner with private companies, providing early access to emerging technology and growth options to Eastman. He and his team forged relationships and co-investments with premier venture capitalists and corporations. Eastman invested with a top-quartile IRR track record in investing directly in 25 ventures and as an LP in 5 venture funds in areas spanning Information Technology, Life Sciences, Advanced Materials and Clean Technology.
CVC Forum speaker Tom Whiteaker

Tom Whiteaker
Partner of IBM Ventures

Tom is an executive passionate about driving growth, impact, and innovation for some of the world’s leading organizations through the art and science of blending strategic investing with corporate development. As an early-stage investor in tech startups, I have led dozens of investments in amazing startup teams, several of which have reached “unicorn” status and IPO exits. Tom is currently institutionalizing industry-leading strategic minority investment programs for IBM. These programs are designed to align IBM’s interests with innovative and strategic startup partners. A cornerstone of these programs also includes a robust focus on social impact through consciously advancing diversity and inclusion efforts.

CVC Forum speaker Anand Kamannavar
Anand Kamannavar
Global Head of Applied Ventures, LLC

Anand Kamannavar is the Global Head of Applied Materials’ venture capital fund. In this role, he manages Applied’s > $300M global venture investment portfolio of 90+ companies across 16 countries. Mr. Kamannavar has led over a dozen venture investments with successful exits including Adesto (NASDAQ: IOTS), Enphase (NASDAQ: ENPH), and Voltaix (acquired by Air Liquide). Mr. Kamannavar has over two decades of experience in the technology and venture capital industry and new business development. He first joined Applied Ventures in 2006, with a focus on identifying and leading investments in the area of Semiconductor, Energy, Materials, and India. He then went on to head Applied’s new business group which led to Applied’s entry into Optics, Life Sciences, Materials, and other high growth markets.

CVC Forum speaker Monica Johnson
Monica Johnson
Operating Partner and CFO of NGP Capital

Monica has a strong strategic and operational CFO with deep experience in eCommerce, digital health, software, and hardware companies. She is known for building the foundational accounting and financial capabilities within companies and working collaboratively with her business partners to achieve company goals.

Monica is currently the Chief Financial Officer of NGP Capital, a global venture capital firm with over $1.2 billion under management, investing in growth-stage technology companies.

Most recently, Monica spent 2 years at Kranz & Associates providing CFO services to a range of eCommerce, SaaS and Digital Health startups. Before that, Monica was the CFO of CafePress, a Sequoia investment, where she led the financial, accounting and legal functions during the company’s growth from $30 million to $250 million in revenues as well as through its IPO.
Prior to CafePress Monica was the CFO of ARC, a software IP company that was listed on the London Stock Exchange before being sold to Synopsys. She was responsible for the financial, accounting, HR and IT functions and let the company through its recapitalization. Monica was also the VP of Finance at Webvan and ultimately took over as CFO during the last 6 months of the company. Monica also held numerous financial positions at HP in their consulting, field, hardware and semiconductor businesses.

Monica has an MBA from the Johnson School at Cornell, as well as a B.A. in Economics from UC Berkeley.


12:00 Panel discussion and Q/A
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1:30 Program ends

CVC Program Chairs
Elias Reyes

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