Corporate venture capital is one of the corners of the VC world that runs extremely hot and cold. When the startup world is gathering interest and money, practically every large company - even some small outfits - trots out its own venture investment group. But just as fast as they pile in with their corporate cash, the suits also run for the exits when times get dicey.
Take the previous tech MOREMichael V. Copeland, Senior Writer - Nov 24, 2009 7:18 AM ET
By Michal Lev-Ram
HALF MOON BAY, Calif. - The next big thing in venture capital is small investments, according to a panel of Silicon Valley investors who appeared at Fortune's Brainstorm Tech conference on Tuesday.
"There's no IPO market to speak of right now, big companies like Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT) are doing far fewer deals than in previous years, so where are the exits coming from?" asked Adam Lashinsky, Fortune MOREMichal Lev-Ram, writer - Jul 22, 2008 7:09 PM ET
By Michael V. Copeland
Here's the math problem facing early-stage venture capitalists today. The vast majority of "exits" for venture-backed software companies, those happy events where everyone gets paid, are acquisitions valued at less than $50 million. All those large companies that go shopping for startups -- Google (GOOG), Microsoft (MSFT), Cisco (CSCO), eBay (EBAY), Yahoo (YHOO) and AT&T (T) -- may be buying up dozens of companies every year, but MORETodd Woody - Nov 27, 2007 5:00 AM ET
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