2020 has been a turbulent and unprecedented year. But startups have benefited from corporate venture capital (CVC) activity, and CVC will help the country on the road to economic recovery.
Many would expect that if deal activity falls across the venture capital industry due to an economic downturn or other developments, deal activity with CVC participation will likely follow suit. However, CVC investment was resilient in Q2 2020 even as venture activity overall fell. Through Q2, CVC invested nearly $33 billion, which means CVC is on pace to surpass 2019 investment and may even exceed 2018’s impressive figures. Read more
Due to COVID-19, NVCA was disappointed that we were not be able to celebrate in-person and recognize our VC Award winners at the 2020 Leadership Gala in San Francisco on March 12. In lieu of speeches, we are sharing the incredible achievements of our winners through a blog series highlighting the award recipients’ work and how they are making great strides for American jobs, policy, and innovation.
Companies planning to reopen offices face numerous challenges, including how to handle employee illness, privacy rights, and more.
Companies preparing for a return to work amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic face a number of important HR and employment issues, including complying with federal, state, and local regulations; meeting industry-specific requirements; and adopting a return-to-work plan. Such plans can vary significantly, and each approach carries its own set of legal issues and challenges. NVCA and Latham & Watkins recently conducted a webcast, Return to Work: Preparing for the Future Amid COVID-19, to explore these issues. Below are the key takeaways. Read more
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the world, many U.S. VC-backed startups are helping fight the virus by developing, testing, and implementing treatments that can manage, alleviate, or even prevent the symptoms of COVID-19. The venture industry is proud to support these innovative companies by providing capital and strategic guidance that is essential to tackling the crisis. Read more
Jim Adler, founding managing director of Toyota AI Ventures, recently gave a popular members-only talk on CVC structures and strategies, in which he shared how TAIV was organized and how his team arrived at its effective model. Now, he has published the first in a series of posts discussing this mission and approach. Please check it out here, and feel free to join in on the conversation on LinkedIn or Twitter. Jim welcomes your feedback and comments. Read more