Energy corporate venturing goes digital (data bytes meet drill bits) – Houston Nov 1st

“We’re increasingly seeing companies that are as appealing to the oil and gas sector as they are to renewables,” says Geert van de Wouw, MD, Shell Technology Ventures, the corporate venturing unit of the Netherlands and UK-based energy major. “For example, we invested in Maana, a big data solution for us and other players in … Continue reading Energy corporate venturing goes digital (data bytes meet drill bits) – Houston Nov 1st

Catalysing Houston venture growth after hurricane Harvey

Ahead of Corporate Venture Houston, GCV’s first Houston conference on November 1st, Kaloyan Andonov, GCV’s top analyst, and I spoke to Kemal Anbarci, vice-president and managing executive of Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV), the Houston-based venturing unit of oil and gas major Chevron. The conference, at Partnership Tower, will support Entrepreneurs for Houston, a charity providing … Continue reading Catalysing Houston venture growth after hurricane Harvey

Corporate Venture Houston – November 1st

On November 1st Global Corporate Venturing convenes its first conference in Houston with the following questions and themes on our agenda: Energy meets digital – what happens next? Industry 4.0 meets energy – what happens next? Superman vs Batman: Flying cars, autonomous vehicles and the future of energy Corporate venture responses to ‘lower for longer’: Where to … Continue reading Corporate Venture Houston – November 1st

Let’s roll before we can fly: GM Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures and JetBlue Technology Ventures expect autonomous ground-based vehicles to succeed more quickly than flying cars.

Flying Cars vs Autonomous Vehicles - Which will win the race to dominate urban mobility? Part 3 This is the third in a series of articles published ahead of a debate I’m moderating between François Auque of Airbus Ventures and Jason Ball of Qualcomm Ventures at the GCV Symposium in London on the future of … Continue reading Let’s roll before we can fly: GM Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures and JetBlue Technology Ventures expect autonomous ground-based vehicles to succeed more quickly than flying cars.

Flying Cars vs Autonomous Vehicles – Which will win the race to dominate urban mobility? Part 2

Airbus Ventures backs flying cars: Interview with Thomas d’Halluin This is the second in a series of articles published ahead of a debate I’m moderating between François Auque of Airbus Ventures and Jason Ball of Qualcomm Ventures at the GCV Symposium in London on the future of urban and inter-urban transportation. The articles will be … Continue reading Flying Cars vs Autonomous Vehicles – Which will win the race to dominate urban mobility? Part 2

Q&A with Wolf Beele, CEO of Flowcastings GmbH

Flowcastings (FLC) is a German advanced manufacturing business working in the aviation, power and oil & gas industries. Wolf Beele, its CEO, is a turbine industry veteran. Previously with General Electric, Siemens and Alstom, he joined FLC last year, following an investment from Energy Innovation Capital, a US energy venture capital fund. Wolf will be … Continue reading Q&A with Wolf Beele, CEO of Flowcastings GmbH

Corporate venturing and the future of mobility and automotive technology 2016

Foreward by Tom Whitehouse, chairman, Leif, and contributing editor, Global Corporate Venturing. Full report available for download from here. Not since the beginning of the automotive industry has it been as open and vulnerable to change as it is today. Car sharing, ride-hailing, electrification, connectivity and the rapid emergence of autonomous vehicles in passenger and industrial … Continue reading Corporate venturing and the future of mobility and automotive technology 2016

Corporate VC from Magna, the largest company you’ve never heard of ($32bn in revenues last year).

This is an excerpt from ‘Venturing and the Future of Mobility and Automotive Technology’, a new report from Global Corporate Venturing and LEIF, which is sponsored by Denso International America, Castrol innoVentures and Magna International. The report will be released late in November ahead of a conference of the same title in London on December 1st, where Jonathan Tudor of Castrol innoVentures and … Continue reading Corporate VC from Magna, the largest company you’ve never heard of ($32bn in revenues last year).

Finding and creating new value in mobility: Q&A with Jonathan Tudor (Investment Director, BP Castrol innoVentures)

  Today’s automotive and transportation industries are vulnerable to disruption. Car sharing, ride-hailing, electrification, connectivity, the rapid emerge of autonomous vehicles in passenger and industrial transportation, and the demand for ‘mobility as a service’ are potentially as game-changing as the switch from horse and cart to the car and the railways. Corporate venture capitalists from … Continue reading Finding and creating new value in mobility: Q&A with Jonathan Tudor (Investment Director, BP Castrol innoVentures)

Corporate VCs filling holes on the road to autonomous vehicles – Part 2: Q&A with Brian Lowry, Investment Manager at Caterpillar Ventures

I interviewed Brian Lowry for ‘Venturing and the future of mobility and automotive technology’, a Global Corporate Venturing report to be published later in November ahead of the December 1st conference in London of the same name. If you have strong views on the future of mobility and you’d like to be interviewed for the … Continue reading Corporate VCs filling holes on the road to autonomous vehicles – Part 2: Q&A with Brian Lowry, Investment Manager at Caterpillar Ventures

Peloton Technology, Inc. – a case study in multi-industry automotive co-investment

This is an excerpt from ‘Venturing and the Future of Mobility and Automotive Technology’, a new report from Global Corporate Venturing and LEIF, which is sponsored by Denso International America, Castrol innoVentures and Magna, all of which are shareholders in Peloton. The report will be released in November ahead of a conference of the same … Continue reading Peloton Technology, Inc. – a case study in multi-industry automotive co-investment

Filling holes on the road to autonomous vehicles – Part 1: what are non-automotive corporate VCs up to?

Varun Jain, early stage investor at Qualcomm Ventures (interviewed below) will lead a session on ‘Holes on the road to autonomy and how to fill them’ at the December 1st GCV conference ‘Venturing and the Future of Mobility and Automotive Technology’. In addition to Qualcomm Ventures, the corporate VCs interviewed for this article are Nokia … Continue reading Filling holes on the road to autonomous vehicles – Part 1: what are non-automotive corporate VCs up to?