CVC Forum: Keeping Your Corporate Commitment in Challenging Times
For CVCs, investors, strategy and corporate development executives
As we all ponder the implications of COVID-19 on our lives both personal and professional, we are reminded that legendary investor Warren Buffet encouraged us to “be bold when others are fearful.” With fearfulness at an all-time high, he reminds us that there is enormous potential here for growth.
Some businesses will, no doubt, pull back, conserve, and wait it out. Forward thinking leadership will see a once-in-a-generation opportunity to accelerate, disrupt competitors and forge new markets. They will use this downtime to better position themselves through thoughtful investments and incubations in key markets for when the dust inevitably settles on these challenging times and the recovery begins.
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.
Managing Director, TDK Ventures
|Nicolas drove the creation of TDK ventures for TDK, a technology-focused venture fund based in San Jose, California. With a first fund of $50m, TDK Ventures will focus its investments on technologies and solutions that embrace digital and energy transformation. We are investing globally in Seed to B-round startups that leverages fundamental material science to unlock an attractive and sustainable future for the world. Nicolas believes life is full of special moments and is deeply passionate about products and technologies that enhance these special moments.
Director, Hypertherm Ventures
|Nathan Pascarella is the Director of the recently launched Hypertherm Ventures organization. He joined Hypertherm, Inc. in 2015, leading product marketing for the Automation and Controls business team. Prior to Hypertherm he directed global business development in Energy market verticals and had multiple product line management and development roles with Panduit, Siemens, and Teradyne. Nathan is a thought leader in technology strategy and business development based in Hanover, NH.
Founding General Partner
|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).
CVC Forum on Zoom
Here’s the feedback from last week’s CVC Forum on Zoom Webinars
- “Great quality content and practical tips”
- “Really great panel — they addressed various critical points about CVC. It was very valuable to hear confirmation from their real-world experience.”
- “They were clearly experts in the field of CVC.”
- “Composition of the CVC team: seasoned investors, seasoned company-internal veterans, and persons with startup experience.”
- “Met my expectations completely. Great program! The Zoom format worked really well.”
- “Yes, I learned some new things and had my knowledge confirmed.”
- “Exceeded my expectations. Higher level discussions than I expected.”
|12:00 – 02:00
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Host: John Park, Partner, Morgan Lewis
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