Keynote Speaker 2017:

Andrew Romans Corporate Venture Capital

Andrew Romans

Andrew Romans is the co-founder and General Partner of Rubicon Venture Capital, an early stage VC fund with offices in San Francisco and New York City. Also author of Masters of Corporate Venture Capital and The Entrepreneurial Bible to Venture Capital: Inside Secrets from the Leaders in the Startup Game.

Romans also advises corporates on CVC programs. Founder and President of The Global TeleExchange (The GTX), where he raised $50m from VCs and corporates, built and managed a team of 90. Andrew was also a Managing Partner at Georgetown Venture Partners (GVP), a venture capital focused boutique investment bank in London active in Europe, the US and Israel and Georgetown Angels, a global angel group. General Partner of The Founders Club, focused on secondaries & equity exchange VC funds where Romans recruited 42 VCs from the US, Europe and Israel to the advisory board. Managing Director of EMEA at VC-backed Sentito Networks (acquired by Verso Technologies).

Managed enterprise software sales at VC-backed Motive Communications (NASDAQ IPO) opening new markets in France, Benelux, Scandinavia and Ireland. Opened new markets and acted as country manager for fiber optic cable manufacturing and turn-key project construction company Dura-Line in the UK, Austria, Czech & Slovak Republics, Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Andrew is a frequent venture capital guest speaker on TV shows including MSNBC, CNBC and ABC as well as various TV in China and Russia.

He was born in Japan, lived in Europe for a total of 15 years and is fluent in English, German and French and conversant in Slovak. Began career in 1993 working in the UNIX computing industry at Pencom Systems in New York, Silicon Valley and Austin. BA from the University of Vermont and MBA in finance from Georgetown University completed on scholarship.

Panel 1: Corporate Accelerator Programs and VC

Accelerators like TechStars are licensing their models in different “flavors” of corporate accelerator programs. Companies like Target, Sprint, Barclays and now Amazon’s Alexa are using the accelerator model to create a portfolio of fast growing companies that the CVC invests in, often with the intent of acquiring successful accelerator graduates to grow their companies and jump-start innovation.

Panel 2: Corporate VC – The Two-Edged Sword

Corporate VC can be just the catalyst that a startup needs to tap into engineering, marketing and channels that the parent company can offer. On the other hand, CVC can lock up a company, effectively shutting off exit opportunities and reducing founder and investor value. Learn how to take advantage of CVC and avoid the pitfalls.

Panel 3: Corporate Venture Capital and Innovation:

The pace of innovation and technical change in most industries is faster than companies can keep up with on their own. Corporate VC can effectively replace R&D departments while reducing costs and accelerating the pace of innovation. Learn how Corporate VCs are using their investments to keep tabs on the latest innovations from startups and how they craft a portfolio strategy to learn from a wide variety of entrepreneurs and acquire those that promise to “move the needle” on corporate innovation for their parent companies.

Stayed tuned to learn more about the speakers that will be at ACS 2017!