|By Business Wire||
|January 30, 2013 11:00 AM EST||
It’s safe to say that Google flows through David Krane’s veins as much as anyone working at the Internet giant. Having joined the senior leadership team in 2000, he helped grow Google from a small startup to a multi-billion dollar, industry-leading enterprise.
Google’s unique culture and broad goal of organizing the world’s information has spawned an equally unique and vibrant independent venture arm, where Krane is a general partner.
As Krane blogged recently, Google Ventures has been growing across all metrics: last year it boosted its annual investment level to $300 million, increased its portfolio size to 150 companies, and grew its team to 60 people.
The corporate venturing arm last year invested the biggest chunks of it money in mobile and consumer Internet technologies. But it also invested significantly in commerce, Big Data, life sciences and energy startups.
Where will Google Ventures focus its investment dollars next? Join Jennifer Jones, an IBF advisory board member and founder and CEO of Jennifer Jones & Partners, an award-winning global marketing firm for corporate venture capital and venture/private equity firms, as she sits down with Krane to discuss Google Ventures’ uniquely hands-on approach to fostering startups, its educational initiatives and its goals for 2013 and beyond. The fireside chat will take place Feb. 13 at 9:30AM at IBF’s 15th annual Corporate Venturing and Innovation Partnering Conference at the Island Hotel in Newport Beach, Calif., Feb. 11-13.
The gathering unites 300+ C-level innovation officers, technology officers, information officers, and strategy officers. Additionally, the event gathers corporate venturing investors, senior level corporate development executives, corporate M&A professionals, corporate new business development executives, venture capitalists, private equity investors, institutional investors, investment bankers, analysts, technology transfer experts, licensing executives, corporate counsel, CTOs, CIOs, CEOs and CFOs of emerging growth companies. For more information about the conference go to www.corporateventuringconference.com.
ABOUT JENNIFER JONES & PARTNERS
Jennifer Jones & Partners is an award-winning technology and healthcare global marketing firm for venture capital, corporate venture capital and private equity firms. Founded in 1989, the firm provides strategic branding and communications execution. J&P legacy and current clients include: MerckGHI, Menlo Ventures, Goldman Sachs, Dell Ventures, Mayfield Fund, GSR Ventures, Psilos, Claremont Creek Ventures and Allegis Capital. For more information: www.jenniferjones.com.
ABOUT GOOGLE VENTURES
Google Ventures is a radically different kind of venture-capital fund. The Google Ventures hands-on teams work with portfolio companies full-time on design, recruiting, marketing, and engineering. Google Ventures also offers Startup Lab, a dedicated facility and educational program where companies can meet, learn, work, and share. Google Ventures will invest more than $1B in the next five years. Founded in 2009, the firm has invested in over 100 companies, including Nest, Kabam, Homeaway, SCVNGR, ngmoco, and Whaleshark Media. Google Ventures is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., with offices in Seattle, New York, and Cambridge, Mass.