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
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.
Read below to find our interview with Dr. Beth Seidenberg of Westlake Village Partners, winner of the “Excellence in Healthcare Innovation Award”: Read more
Many of America’s startups are currently researching and producing advanced technologies needed to fight COVID-19. Nimble, high-growth companies have frequently re-defined the boundaries of science and technology, and many startups are using their capabilities and expertise to find and develop the technology-driven solutions needed to get past this pandemic. Read more
We worked with Ross DeVol, President and CEO of Heartland Forward, on this partner blog post to highlight the importance of entrepreneurs and startups during this crisis and how they could be the engine to get people back to work.
It should come as no surprise to the NVCA community that entrepreneurs are critical to the economy’s long-term success. Heartland Forward, a think-and-do tank based in Bentonville, Arkansas, put cold, hard numbers behind this claim with our latest research report, “Young Firms and Regional Economic Growth.” As local economies begin to rebuild post-COVID-19, these entrepreneurs and their young firms (defined as businesses five years old or less) could be the engine to get people back to work. The venture capital community can continue to play an important role in helping strengthen our country’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Read more
The U.S. startup ecosystem has rapidly entered a new chapter of what will be a turbulent period over at least the next several quarters. Investment in the startup ecosystem is expected to drop significantly at a time when the country needs it most for company and job creation towards economic recovery from the global pandemic. NVCA released a white paper outlining what we believe the industry may look like over the coming months as this crisis evolves. Read more
We recently released the NVCA 2020 Yearbook, highlighting trends and analysis of venture capital (VC) activity in the US from the past year and capturing historical data and information about venture’s role in fueling entrepreneurship in America.
We completed the copy for the Yearbook just before COVID-19 began to rock the country, throwing our economy and public health systems into chaos and uncertainty. And while the current macro chaos has short- and long-term effects on the venture ecosystem, it doesn’t change some of the important trends the Yearbook surfaced from the past year and decade that may offer insights into what to expect at the rocky start of this new decade. Read more
We are pleased to publish this blog post by guest author Trafton Kenney, in collaboration with NVCA Member, 500 Startups
What type of CVC are you? What’s the best way to stand out in an increasingly crowded corporate venture space? Read more