Survive to Thrive – CVC is Here to Stay

Survive to Thrive – CVC is Here to Stay

CVC Forum

For CVCs, investors, strategy and corporate development executives

Date: May 28, 2020 Time: 12:00 - 2:00 Zoom
CVC Forum

For CVCs, investors, strategy and corporate development executives

CVC is Here to Stay!

CVCs significantly expanded their operations and investment activity during the 2008 financial crisis, will the current COVID environment provide similar opportunities to get into deals and expand their footprint in Silicon Valley? Or will tight balance sheets result in less corporate spending overall and as a result a substantial slowdown in deal flow? Start-ups may want to also reconsider corporate investors to the extent traditional venture capital retrenches.

Most CVCs focus on later stage deals which may also become out of favor in the current market. Healthcare CVCs may be more active given the increased interest in life sciences opportunities. Please join our panel of experts as they assess the current market environment for corporate venture capital.


Eric Ver Ploeg
Eric Ver Ploeg
Managing Director
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, Dynamic Signal, Innovid, and Pinger, and works closely with portfolio companies Lookout, BlueJeans, Global Savings Group and Nominum. 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, and OZ Communications, among 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 BS in Electrical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, as well as an MBA and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Vijay Rajendran
Vijay Rajendran
Head of Corporate Innovation and
Partnerships, 500 Startups
Vijay is an innovation leader and technology investor with a history of advising global companies, coaching startups, developing new markets and creating innovative products and services, especially in those industries disrupted by digital. Vijay has expertise in Innovation Strategy, Corporate Venture Capital, International Business Strategy, and Design Thinking. He previously served as Director of New Ventures at BBVA and is a multi-time founder. Vijay has experience working across a number of industries including financial services, energy, power, mobility, eCommerce, and CPG; as both a founder and management consultant. He holds an MBA and an MS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Science from Boston University.
Jay Eum
Jay Eum
Jay co-founded TransLink Capital
Jay Eum is a venture capitalist with 20 years of extensive investment experience across both institutional and corporate investment firms.

Jay co-founded TransLink Capital, a Palo Alto-based early stage venture capital firm supporting entrepreneurs develop customer connections and partnerships in Asia. Jay was responsible for leading investments in artificial intelligence, fintech/blockchain, and consumer technology. Noteworthy exits including Carbonite (NASDAQ: CARB), Coin (acquired by Fitbit), Enterprise DB (acquired by Peak Equity), and YuMe (NYSE: YUME). Jay led investments in artificial intelligence company; SoundHound, valued at over $1.2B, and established investment thesis and obtained LP support of investments in fintech/blockchain companies; Forte, Klaytn, Provenance, Quantstamp, Rally, and Terra. Jay also executed investments in consumer technology companies; Chartboost, CoolerScreens, Epic, Gamevice, nWay, Peel, Penrose, Singular, and SquareTwo.

Prior to TransLink, Jay was Managing Director of Samsung Ventures where he established and led the US venture capital operations for Samsung, responsible for U.S.-based investments and portfolio management. Jay recruited and managed team of 5 investment professionals, supervised over $50M in equity investments in 16 start-up companies, and oversaw introductions of over 600 start-up companies to various Samsung business units. Jay led investments in AnalogicTech (NASDAQ: AATI), Athena Semiconductor (acquired by BRCM), Continuous Computing (acquired by RadiSys), DivX (NASDAQ: DIVX), GCT Semiconductor, InPhi (NASDAQ: IPHI), Intellon (NASDAQ: ITLN), MontaVista (acquired by Cavium), Pure Digital (acquired by Cisco), Techwell (NASDAQ: TWLL), and Teknovus (acquired by BRCM).

Jay received an MBA from Stanford University and M.S/B.S. in Chemistry from Seoul National University. Jay serves as Chairman and Board Director of the Asia America MultiTechnology Association (AAMA) and as Board Director of the Association of Asian American Investment Managers (AAAIM). Jay is also an active angel investor and advisor to several start-ups including Coupang, KiwiCo, Korbit, Merit, Noom, SoFi and Tapas.

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 Panel discussion and Q/A
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02:00 Program ends

CVC Program Chair
Kumar Velu
Elias Reyes

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