In the ever-evolving world of corporate venture capital (CVC), staying informed about the latest trends, strategies, and success stories is crucial. Fortunately, podcasts have emerged as an accessible and convenient way to absorb knowledge on the go. If you're looking to deepen your understanding of CVC, here are ten insightful podcasts that offer expert insights, real-world experiences, and thought-provoking discussions.
While not exclusively focused on corporate venture capital, Future Squared host Steve Glaveski interviews thought leaders from across VC, CVC, and the broader startup and corporate innovation ecosystem to help you better understand the lay of the land and make more informed decisions.
Past guests include Brad Feld, Jason Calacanis (check out this chat on corporate venture capital with Jason), Niki Scevak, Alexander Osterwalder, Steve Blank, Scott Belsky, Kevin Kelly, and many more across over 400 episodes.
2. Corporate Venturing Podcast
Produced by the Corporate Venturing Network, this podcast covers a wide range of topics related to corporate venture capital. With guests from various industries, the podcast explores best practices, emerging trends, and the challenges faced by corporate venture capitalists.
3. Inside Outside Innovation
This podcast, hosted by Brian Ardinger, explores the intersection of corporate innovation and startups. It features conversations with innovators, entrepreneurs, and corporate leaders who discuss strategies for fostering innovation and collaboration between startups and established companies.
While not exclusively focused on corporate venture capital, Twenty Minute VC (a nod to the podcast's original 20-minute-long format. but now more like one hour) offers valuable insights into the broader venture capital landscape. Hosted by Harry Stebbings, the podcast features interviews with venture capitalists, founders, and experts, providing a well-rounded perspective on investing in startups.
5. The Art of the Exit
Hosted by Becky Scola, this podcast focuses on the strategies and stories behind successful exits, mergers, and acquisitions. While not solely about CVC, the discussions provide valuable insights into how corporate venture capital can contribute to exit strategies.
6. Masters of Scale
Hosted by Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn, this podcast explores how successful entrepreneurs and business leaders scale their companies. While not solely focused on corporate venture capital, the lessons shared can offer valuable insights into the growth strategies that CVC-backed startups can employ.
7. The Corporate Startup
Hosted by Dan Toma and Tendayi Viki, this podcast delves deep into the intricacies of corporate innovation and how established companies can adopt startup practices. It's a valuable resource for understanding the mindset and methodologies that drive successful corporate venture capital initiatives.
8. The Innovation Ecosystem
Hosted by Mark Bidwell, this podcast explores the components of a successful innovation ecosystem. With a focus on corporate innovation, the podcast interviews executives, thought leaders, and practitioners who provide actionable insights for nurturing innovation within organizations.
9. Startup to Scaleup
Produced by Innov8rs, this podcast covers a wide range of innovation-related topics, including corporate venture capital. Hosted by Rodrigo Espinosa, it features interviews with experts who share their experiences in driving innovation and growth in both startups and established companies.
While not exclusively focused on corporate venture capital, Acquired delves into the stories behind notable technology acquisitions. Hosted by Ben Gilbert and David Rosenthal, this podcast provides a deep dive into the strategies, successes, and failures of acquisitions that have shaped the tech industry.
As the field of corporate venture capital continues to evolve, staying informed is essential for success. These podcasts offer a diverse range of perspectives, experiences, and strategies that can help both newcomers and seasoned professionals navigate the dynamic world of CVC. Whether you're looking for case studies, expert interviews, or thought-provoking discussions, these podcasts have you covered.
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