The rest of the 50 (in alphabetical order): Erik Paisley, manager, 3M Ventures

Erik Paisley is a manager at 3M Ventures, the corporate venture capital (CVC) arm of manufacturing conglomerate 3M, having joined in October 2015. He is responsible for identification, evaluation, negotiation and management of the unit’s venture investments.

Ben Wright, director of 3M Ventures, said: “Erik has been instrumental to the success of 3M Ventures over the past four years. Erik played a critical role implementing a new CVC strategy put in place in 2015, which has proven successful for 3M Ventures and 3M Company.

“Erik personally led eight investments in startup companies strategically aligned with 3M, and these companies have collectively raised over $500m in financing in subsequent rounds.

“Two great highlights from his portfolio this year [2019] are [digital respiratory therapeutics developer] Propeller Health – acquired by [medical devices provider] ResMed [in January] – and [healthcare data analytics software provider] Health Catalyst [which went public in July].

“Erik has recently been promoted to manage our US east coast and midwest teams for 3M Ventures. Erik is truly a Rising Star and an excellent representation of the best of 3M and Corporate Venturing.”

Paisley started at 3M in 2011 and held roles in business development and product management prior to joining the unit. Before joining 3M, he worked as a senior associate at institutional investor-focused investment consultancy Cambridge Associates.

Paisley said: “Joining 3M Ventures was an exciting opportunity to pair my background in investments with my experience in commercialisation and business development at 3M…To date, we are also beginning to see 3M sales coming from collaborations with our portfolio companies.

“I am proud to be part of the team that established a new strategy for 3M Ventures in 2015 and is seeing that strategy lead to value creation for our portfolio companies and for 3M.”

Going forward, he hopes to build awareness and understanding of the unit’s CVC activities throughout all levels of 3M and maintain continuity through organisational changes. “Prioritising startup investment areas of focus given 3M’s breadth of technology and segments is both challenging and exciting,” he added.

Paisley holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Trinity College and an MBA from University of Virginia.

Edison Fu

Edison Fu is a reporter and Asia liaison at Global Corporate Venturing.