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Corporate venturing can nurture software success

Milwaukee, Wis. - You may have missed this: Web-software services provider Zywave Inc. recently announced it would be the anchor tenant in a new 165,000-square-foot building being constructed in the Milwaukee County Research Park.

The announcement was littl......

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Zywave now has more than 110 employees and its leaders anticipate annual growth of 25 to 30 percent the next three to five years, according to Bill Haack, Zywave's president and CEO. This region has other outstanding examples of corporate venturing successes examples that will be explored in more detail in a follow-up column.

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Full article >>> sector deals by CVCs were in software (23 percent).

Winslow Sargeant, currently a VC partner in Madison-based Venture Investors, was the recipient of a Cisco-funded direct investment in Aanetcom, an Allentown, Pa. company he co-founded in 1997.

This was both a financially and strategically motivated investment, Sargeant said......

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In larger companies, corporate venturing can provide strategic and financial value to the corporate entity. Strategically, companies see corporate venturing as a framework for inducing innovation and corporate renewal without the trappings of corporate bureaucracy. It can create a mechanism to exploit new markets or emerging technologies in a setting that will toler......

Full article >>> e, if the new venture meets its potential, it eventually needs to convince the market that it is independent. Some VCs won't fund a deal where there is undue influence by the corporation or a perceived challenge to acquire customers that compete with the parent. In addition, some of the early venture's customers may actually feel comforted by the parent company's support.

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Google: Covin corporate venturing

Corporate Venture Capital on the Rise By Geoff Bastow 05/31/07

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