Venture Capital (Corporate)

  • Corporate venture capital can allow larger companies to participate in agile startup ecosystems
  • Corporate VC sometimes used to distance large firms from risk, as in financial tech area
  • May be hard to integrate startups into larger enterprise 
  • Rationale for investment varies: investment portfolio diversity, intellectual property acquisition, talent acquisition, mergers with other companies or capabilities


  • VC efforts within large companies
  • GV (formerly Google Ventures)
  • Citi Ventures
  • StartupBootcamp

Uber + Didi

  • Various regulatory influences
  • Didi supported by Chinese government’s endorsement of ridesharing services
  • Uber variously blocked or actively supported by many local governments
  • Ugly wars with traditional taxi companies, etc, who fought over whether Uber should be defined as a taxi service or not
  • Lyft attempted to circumvent taxi rules by not charging riders, but asking for a ‘gift’ to the driver
  • Uber negotiates to pay airports for access to pick up riders
  • Uber will pay tickets for drivers in some jurisdictions if ticket is related to being a ridesharing provider