The Google owner committed big money to Lyft and Airbnb as GV increased its late-stage deals, formed an AI fund called Gradient and exited from Snap and Cloudera in IPOs.

Given the reorganisations at Alphabet since it was formed in 2015 to act as an umbrella company for Google and its diversified business interests, 2017 was a relatively relaxed year for its corporate venturing units, though they continued to be active. The 2015 realignment involved the firm’s early-stage investment arm, Google Ventures, and its growth-stage…

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