Is corporate VC a KPI for a bubble ?

Jun 23, 2015
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It feels like there are an awful lot of corporations setting up venture capital departments these days. I say ‘feels’, because my evidence was purely intuitive and anecdotal… until now.

Compiling the data for global corporate venture deals all the way back to 1995 proved challenging. In fact, there were so many conflicting sources that I warn you that what is depicted below is based on inexact information; it’s a reconciliation based on the most consistent records, so I believe it is sufficiently directionally accurate to present. And I’d by lying if I said it didn’t make me nervous…

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Fortunately, Andreessen Horowitz published this fairly persuasive explanation of why we’re not in a tech bubble, at least not yet.