Eric Budin – We named our firm Touchdown Ventures and we always enjoy a good sports debate. With the NFL draft approaching, Selina Troesch and I recently argued about which of our favorite college football players would fare better in the NFL. We championed the merits of players from our respective schools: Adoree’ Jackson of USC and Jabrill Peppers from Michigan. I pointed to Peppers’ versatility (he played 11 different positions last year) and Heisman finalist status. Selina noted Jackson’s world class speed and his ability to put points on the scoreboard so many different ways.
Amazingly, Jackson scored touchdowns on offense, defense, returning punts, and returning kick-offs for the Trojans. While he didn’t lead the nation in touchdowns, his ability to score in all phases of the game is a perfect illustration of the range of ways a corporate venture capital arm (“CVC”) can provide value to its parent company.
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