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CVC Forum: Key Questions to Address When Forming a CVC

CVC Forum: Key Questions to Address When Forming a CVC


Date: March 19, 2020 Time: 11:30 - 1:30 Venue: Santa Clara, CA

Issues covered
  • Strategy
  • Governance
  • Entity Choice
  • Compensation
  • Talent Recruitment


Eric Ver Ploeg
Managing Director,
Venture Capital,
Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners
Eric is a Managing Director at DTCP in the Venture Capital team. He serves as a Board Member/Observer at Anomali, CipherCloud, Innovid, Inuitive, Pinger, Ranovus, and ShareThis. Prior to DTCP, Eric was a Managing Director at VantagePoint Venture Partners, where he headed the mobile practice, leading rounds of funding at Spatial Wireless, OZ Communications, and many others. Eric has personally invested in numerous startups and has also run a quant hedge fund. Before beginning his investing career, Eric co-founded two venture-backed startups, where he raised five rounds of venture capital.

Eric earned a BSc in Electrical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, as well as an MBA and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Paul Holland
Managing Director,
Corporate Investing Practice,
VC-in Residence, Mach49
A successful veteran of Silicon Valley, Paul Holland is Managing Director and VC-in-Residence at Mach49, where he leads the company’s Corporate Venture Investing Practice. Paul works with global businesses to design, launch, and manage CVC Funds that leverage the experience, deal flow, global network, and success of his team of top-tier Silicon Valley VCs.

Paul supports Executive Investment Committees, bringing the discipline, portfolio mindset, metrics, and best practices needed to drive meaningful growth. He also teaches clients best-in-class methods for partnering with and leveraging external startups to drive maximum value and innovation across the core business. Paul has been a General Partner at leading venture capital fund, Foundation Capital, for 18 years helping take start-up companies from zero to $100M to IPO or acquisition. He enjoys being on the front lines—working side-by-side with entrepreneurs developing fast-growing, dynamic new ventures—experience he is also bringing to support Mach49’s work helping large companies build their own disruptive ventures.


Patrick Eggen
Founding General Partner,
Counterpart Ventures
Previously Patrick was the Managing Director of Qualcomm Ventures North America where he led all U.S. investments ($500M AUM) and scaled the U.S. fund to 80+ investments across all stages and sectors. He also elevated the group to think with the mindset of a financial VC based on pure financial returns, domain expertise and activist investor role (leading rounds and taking board seats). He drove key thought leadership around all current core investment themes ranging from hardware, software, adjacent verticals and frontier tech. Based on last 13 years of direct venture investment experience, personally involved in 100+ transactions and 30+ exits.

Patrick opened and led Qualcomm Ventures’ SF/Bay Area practice. Additionally he founded Qualcomm’s Global Early Stage Fund, focused on Seed and Series A opportunities. This Early Stage Fund was the first of its kind in any Corporate Venture Capital organization. Under his leadership, he scaled the Fund to 70+ investments, which include big wins such as Cruise Automation (acquired by GM), 99 (acquired by Didi) and Zoom (IPO:ZM).



11:30 – 12:00 Registration and Lunch
12:00 – 01:30 Panel discussion and Q/A
01:30 – 02:00 Networking

CVC Program Chairs
Kumar Velu
Elias Reyes

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