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Business model shifts in electric vehicles
It is expensive building cars, especially electric ones with few signs they can be profitable outside of selling carbon offset credits to polluters.
Agriculture blossoms into a tech age
There is always something fun as the end of year creeps up to think about the technologies that will disrupt or transform the world over the next few decades and Adrien Book’s selection below covers a number of general and specific purpose technologies. The meatless meat one is definitely catching people’s attention currently given the post-flotation performance […]
Analysis: Eightfold recruits $125m
Eightfold raised $125bn in a series D round, backed by Capital One, which valued the company at $1bn. Eightfold is one of the few unicorns in the HR tech space, which is likely to experience a slowdown during the economic downturn.
Editorial: Agriculture blossoms into a tech age
There is always something fun as the end of year creeps up to think about the technologies that will disrupt or transform the world over the next few decades and Adrien Book’s selection below covers a number of general and specific purpose technologies. The meatless meat one is definitely catching people’s attention currently given the […]
Finding the best investors
Discussion at the GCV Digital Forum 2.0 last month about Including Both Halves of Society heard Lara Koole, partner at Netherlands-based conglomerate Philips’ corporate venturing unit, describe how it could start using its limited partner commitments to look at the underlying diversity of the venture funds’ general partners.
Rising tides raise the CVC boat
The Economist this week has a nice interview with Satya Nadella, CEO of US-listed software provider Microsoft, and the company’s upwards valuation under his leadership.
Fundraising complements
History rarely repeats, but it does rhyme.
Ant gets ready for global expansion
Ant Group’s flotation was granted late last week and will raise $34.5bn by splitting its stock issuance equally across Shanghai and Hong Kong stock exchanges.
Exploring the funding opportunities
The past three quarters has seen a record number of new CVC launches predominantly coming from outside traditional regions for venture investing.
Keeping attention on energy
It is quite stark how little relative attention is being paid to the innovative startups required to help incumbents and economies pivot towards more sustainable forms of energy.
A contrarian take on hydrogen venturing
Kaloyan Andonov of GCV spoke with Tomas Kėbla, principal at Contrarian Ventures, which is backed by energy group Ignitis, the largest in the Baltics region. Not only is Contrarian Ventures interested in the hydrogen space but its team has drawn a detailed map of the landscape.
Introducing the Global Energy Council
Barbara Burger is head of Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV) and past chair of the Global Corporate Venturing Global Energy Council formed out of the oil and gas quarterly report, sponsored by Chevron, to include and incorporate others within the energy mix, such as utilities and the main customers.
Energy is no zero-sum game
Global Energy Council Q3 2020 editorial by James Mawson, editor-in-chief, Global Corporate Venturing
Fleshing out fintech appeal
Covid-19 has added to the need for digitalisation in payments, wealth management, digital trading and regulatory technology as people have struggled to shop in stores or pay for things in cash. But can any company become a fintech?

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