Some venture-backed startups don’t want to miss out on the next wave of unicorns, so they’re turning to an old funding strategy.
Workplace chat app Slack was one of the earliest privately-held startups to use its funds to back other startups in 2013. In the years since, Airbnb, Stripe, and Coinbase have also started corporate venture capital funds of their own. In total, these four funds have invested more than $2 billion across 76 companies, according to Pitchbook data.
“Being a part of a large company that has incredibly talented engineers, executives, and a global presence means there’s a lot of money and resources that can be delivered to early-stage companies and entrepreneurs that accelerate adoption of the product or service. It also helps them not make mistakes others have made,” Valo Ventures founder and former CapitalG founder Scott Tierney told Business Insider. CapitalG was formerly part of Google’s corporate venture arm, Google Ventures.
We looked through Pitchbook datato determine the top corporate venture capital funds from privately-held startups. Here are the top four: