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Free Chapter 1 from my book “Masters of Corporate Venture Capital”

SharePlease download Chapter 1 of my book Masters of Corporate Venture Capital – Chapter 1 – Andrew Romans and feel free to share on Linkedin, FB, Twitter, print, republish or use any way you like. Please also be invited to our events and workshops on corporate venture capital (CVC) and other VC and startup related topics. http://rubicon.vc/our-events/ Upcoming events: London, June 27, 2017 https://FamilyOfficeLondon.eventbrite.com – London family office event London, June 28, 2017 https://CVCseminar.eventbrite.com – London half day CVC seminar Paris, June 29, 2017 https://ParisCVC.eventbrite.com – Paris half day CVC seminar Tokyo, Osaka, Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Chongqing, Dubai and Istanbul coming this fall. Please get in touch if you want to host or sponsor a CVC or VC event with us. info@rubicon.vc Please also download a free copy of chapter 8 “Which Way to the Exit?” from my first book – THE ENTREPRENEURIAL BIBLE TO VENTURE CAPITAL: Inside Secrets from the Leaders in the Startup Game (McGraw Hill hardcover & all e-book formats) Contributors to this chapter include: • Gary Johnson, director of corporate development, Facebook • Jackie Reses, executive vice president of people and development at Yahoo! (interestingly in charge of both M&A and HR) • Parag Patel, Vice-President of Worldwide Sales, Software-Defined Storage at VMware formally VP of global strategic alliances at VMware • Dave Berkus, author and business angel • Nic Brisbourne, partner at Forward Ventures, former partner at DFJ-Esprit • Russ Fradin, CEO and cofounder of Dynamic Signal and former CEO and cofounder of Adify sold for $300m • Antoine Papiernik, partner at Sofinnova Partners • Benjamin D. Kern, partner at McGuireWoods • Additional contributions from directors of...

Rubicon Venture Capital Hosts Corporate Venture Capital (CVC) Seminars in London and Paris

ShareCorporate Venture Capital (CVC) has doubled in size since 2012 and now participates in over 20% of all VC financings London, June 27 – 29, 2017 – Rubicon Venture Capital, a leading venture capital firm with offices in Silicon Valley and New York City, will host half-day seminars on the topic of Corporate Venture Capital (CVC) in London on June 28 and in Paris on June 29, 2017 as well as an evening VC panel and networking event in London June 27, 2017. The CVC sessions will be led by Andrew Romans, author of the leading book on CVC – Masters of Corporate Venture Capital. Romans conducted over 100 interviews with leading CVCs such as Intel Capital, Qualcomm Ventures, Salesforce Ventures, Motorola Ventures, Microsoft Ventures, Cisco, IBM and many others in the US, Europe and Asia. London, June 27, 2017 https://FamilyOfficeLondon.eventbrite.com – VC & family office panel and networking London, June 28, 2017 https://CVCseminar.eventbrite.com – CVC seminar Paris, June 29, 2017 https://ParisCVC.eventbrite.com – CVC seminar The seminars will share wisdom from this research as well as Romans’ personal experience of raising over $25m funding from CVCs for his own technology startups as well as co-investing with scores of CVCs as an active venture capitalist. Corporate Venture Capital is becoming increasingly important both as a way of bringing innovation from a global burgeoning landscape of startups into large corporations and conglomerates. In the past innovation occurred in large research and development labs of companies like HP and IBM. Today this is shifting to startups. Large corporations must embrace new technology and adapt their businesses or risk falling behind. More than...

Événement CVC Bpifrance et Rubicon VC à Paris le 29 juin 2017

Share Andrew Romans, General Partner chez Rubicon Venture Capital, a le plaisir de vous inviter à un workshop dédié au Corporate Venture (CVC). Le 29 Juin 2017 à 13h30, Bpifrance Le Hub (accueil dès 13h15)   https://ParisCVC.eventbrite.com Andrew Romans, l’auteur du premier livre sur le CVC, et General Partner chez Rubicon Venture Capital, fameux fonds de capital-risque basé à San Francisco et à New York, mènera un workshop entouré d’experts du sujet et partagera sa longue expérience avec des entrepreneurs français. Cette demi-journée sera l’occasion de dévoiler les principaux enseignements issus de plus de 100 entretiens menés auprès des principaux CVC aux États-Unis, en Europe et en Asie. Programme: 13h 15 : Accueil du public 13h30 : Welcoming Words par Cécile Brosset, Directrice, Bpifrance Le Hub 13h40 : Chiffres clés et best practices par Andrew Romans, General Partner,Rubicon Venture Capital, suivi d’un Q&A 14h45 : Terms Sheet Terms and Deal Execution par Neil Foster, Partner,Baker Botts LLP 15h30 : Etudes de cas 16h00 : Panel : o Frederic Rombaut, ex-Head of Corporate Development & Investments, Cisco, ex-founder & Head of Qualcomm Ventures Europe o Guillaume Dupont, Parter, CapHorn Invest o Yann Marteil, CEO, Via ID o Yann Kandelman ou Pierre Louette, Orange Digital Ventures o François-Xavier Meyer, Investment Director, SEB Alliance (Fonds venture du Groupe SEB) o Lionel Baraban, CEO, FAMOCO • 16h45 : Cocktail – networking Adresse : 6, boulevard Haussmann / Paris 9e Métro : Richelieu-Drouot / Lignes 8 et 9 Merci de confirmer votre présence auprès de : Théophile Simon / theophile.simon@gmail.com / +33 6 31 22 75 98   https://ParisCVC.eventbrite.com...

London Calling! 2 VC panel & networking events: Brexit & CVC

ShareRubicon Venture Capital together with Baker Botts is organizing two VC events open to the public. September 27th: http://BrexitVC.eventbrite.com September 29th: http://CVCLondon.eventbrite.com Join us for dinner, drinks and networking September 29th for Investor All Stars 2016 now in its 14th year and the most exclusive gathering of VCs in London. We will head over directly following our CVC event the 29th. Please join us for one or both events. All of our events focus on a cool topic with an all-star VC panel with plenty of time for networking, drinks and canapés. Nothing better than a room filled with elite entrepreneurs and VCs pitching each other over drinks and food. Everyone attending the CVC event will get a copy of my new CVC book – Masters of Corporate Venture Capital. We have already registered over 50 VCs and active angel investors for these events including all star VC panelists. Rubicon General Partners Andrew Romans and Joshua Siegel will be taking private meetings September 26 – Oct 1 meeting with LP investors (HNWI / angel investors, family offices, corporate LPs & institutional investors). See you in London!...

My new book on Corporate Venture Capital is finished

ShareAfter nearly two years of research, 100+ interviews and countless hours of work, my new book on Corporate Venture Capital is finished…not to mention my own experience of raising CVC funding when I was an entrepreneur. You can find it on: Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it,Amazon.es. The book is being converted for Kindle now and should be available on Kindle within a month. It should appear in book stores and libraries in a few weeks. Check it out here and please leave me a review if you like it. https://www.amazon.com/dp/1530088690 The first event will be in London where we are hosing a CVC panel and networking event with all the trimmings! If you are a CVC in London, SF or NYC pls get in touch to join the panel. http://CVCLondon.eventbrite.com Rubicon is also hosting a second event that week in London with VCs discussing the changes with Brexit. http://BrexitVC.eventbrite.com. We are also taking meetings with corporates, family offices, HNWI angel investors and institutional LPs. We are still finalizing dates and venues for the same event in SF and NYC. Please contact me if you want to host or sponsor a similar event anywhere worldwide. Our typical format is networking, VC panel, quick talk sharing findings of my research and then plenty of time for networking, food and drinks bringing together entrepreneurs, angels, VCs, family offices and corporates. Hope to see you in London, SF or New York this fall! I’m also doing a lot of traveling to Asia and the Middle East; so get in touch! We work in a very complex ecosystem and this book captures stories that bring the complexity to life with...

VCs & Entrepreneurs in China: my experience

ShareWow! I had an amazing experience in China as an American VC. I made a photobucket photo file which I understand can be viewed in China. Please check it out and the captions. That’s my blog post this time – the comments / captions of the photos. Forget this blog post and check out this link here! http://s613.photobucket.com/user/Andrew_Romans/library/ China is a huge opportunity for every entrepreneur and VC. To ignore it would be insanity. They have a totally different way of thinking which works well. I look forward to working with all of you 🙂 And I look forward to helping our portfolio companies take off in China. Get my blog story here: http://s613.photobucket.com/user/Andrew_Romans/library/ Basically most of our companies should be manufacturing or making software in China. Those those that do not want to do that should probably be selling their products and services in China. I view it as my job as the VC to help our portfolio companies do both with safe partners they can trust. We are ready to be the fiber optic cable and help our companies be successful in China quickly. This is a game of speed and trust. Andrew...

Free M&A chapter from my book “Which Way to the Exit?”

ShareI’ve added this post so I could put a link to this chapter from my last book into my new book: Masters of Corporate Venture Capital, which should be available any day now. Please download a free copy of chapter 8 “Which Way to the Exit?” from my book – THE ENTREPRENEURIAL BIBLE TO VENTURE CAPITAL: Inside Secrets from the Leaders in the Startup Game (McGraw Hill 2013 hardcover & all e-book formats) Again, download this chapter HERE. Contributors to this chapter include: • Gary Johnson, director of corporate development, Facebook • Jackie Reses, executive vice president of people and development at Yahoo! (interestingly in charge of both M&A and HR) • Parag Patel, Vice-President of Worldwide Sales, Software-Defined Storage at VMware formally VP of global strategic alliances at VMware • Dave Berkus, author and business angel • Nic Brisbourne, partner at Forward Ventures, former partner at DFJ-Esprit • Russ Fradin, CEO and cofounder of Dynamic Signal and former CEO and cofounder of Adify sold for $300m • Antoine Papiernik, partner at Sofinnova Partners • Benjamin D. Kern, partner at McGuireWoods • Additional contributions from directors of corporate development from some of the most acquisitive companies in Silicon Valley I’ll start you off here with my opening to the chapter: “WHICH WAY TO THE EXIT?” “I made most of my money selling too early.” – J.P. Morgan Merger and acquisition (M&A) is the most likely positive outcome for most angel- or VC-backed technology startups and therefore worth understanding from the first moment you begin to conceive your new venture or as you move along the journey to exit. For acquirers...

Understanding the Changing Geography of Silicon Valley and San Francisco

Share As many folks move to the Silicon Valley and choose where to dock their office and home I think this topic is worth some understanding. It is key to be physically close to where the action is and be ready to take a breakfast or dinner meeting in San Francisco or Palo Alto and not get caught in horrible Bay Area traffic which rivals L.A., Moscow and Shanghai. We’ve got the most evolved and complex ecosystem for startups, venture capital, tech titan corporates, etc. There is no point to being here if you are not meeting the right people and going to the right events. Choosing to live or commute to the wrong place will have negative consequences. Things are always changing in Silicon Valley and I have had friends from around the world ask me about this; so I thought to share my views with everyone. I used to strictly think of Silicon Valley as the area of land south of San Francisco and all of the Peninsula and inclusive of the South Bay cities and towns of San Jose, Cupertino and even a bit stretching towards Santa Cruz such as Los Gatos. I used to not think of San Francisco as technically part of the Silicon Valley, because it was not really the physical Valley that is between the Santa Cruz mountain range and the SF Bay of water. I always thought that San Jose was kind of cheating to be in Silicon Valley and the East Bay is really more part of the greater San Francisco Bay Area. The truth is anyone in the San...

The Best Way to Email a VC or CVC When Seeking Funding

ShareI am editing the final version of my book on CVC and thought this worth sharing with anyone raising capital from VCs or CVCs… Everyone will tell you the best way to approach a VC or angel is through a warm intro. Beyond the obvious, contacting their portfolio CEOs is a smart way to get the warm intro and do some DD on the VC to see if their existing CEOs like them. That said some of our CEOs are much harder for you to get through to than many busy VCs. The key thing to understand is that VCs get a high volume of deal flow via email and they often have very little time to spend looking at email on a daily basis. VCs schedule a lot of pitch calls with founders and book their days and evenings with dinners and events. So when you send a VC your pitch via email I think it is critical to understand that the VC is most likely triaging deal flow email as if it’s the emergency room tent in a war zone. The VC is trying to as quickly as possible figure out if this is an investment opportunity she should spend time on, forward to someone else on the team for more analysis or expert review or save the team time and pass on it quickly. For me personally I hate it when the CEO sends a lot of information, but hides the stage the company is at. It is hard for me to review a long text cover email in big block paragraphs and a long slide...