Corporate venturing (CV) funds are often established to generate strategic value for the corporate parent. The
success of CV activities is therefore not only measured in terms of growth, but also how well CV can complement
internal research and development efforts or gain early access to potentially disruptive technologies and business models. For this reason, CV investments are often seen as a window on emerging technologies and business models – a sophisticated radar set up to identify potential technological discontinuities.

Technological discontinuities are fundamental changes from a dominant technology to another that result in quickly rendering products and services obsolete, and transforming industry dynamics in ways that are difficult to anticipate, especially among incumbents.

Such discontinuities are what former Intel chief executive Andrew Grove termed “strategic inflection points”. In
his book Only the Paranoid Survive, he suggests that what such a discontinuity does to a business is profound, and how…

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