Services companies can use their varied client network for feedback on prospective investments. Those companies that get the client vote can start doing business instantly with a wide client base. Such was the case for Yet2Ventures, the corporate venturing unit of technology marketplace, which was able to make a quick decision to invest in mobile device barcode scanning company Mobeam.

Yet2 asked corporate clients to vet the technology of the nascent start-up, in this case a client base of…

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