Whatever the digital equivalent of shoe-leather reporting is!
A mixture of trawling through press releases, analyst calls, annual reports and crunch base. I have been researching how incumbents can respond to VC backed disruptive start ups and one of the 4 main types of response has been to “become a VC” by setting up an in-house fund. The above list is probably not-comprehensive in terms of who has set up a fund, and i haven’t updated thes “invested” totals in about 8 weeks, but one of the key things to note is that only the largest firms have the financial capacity to deploy enough money here to make a difference. Smaller firms will have to try some of the other routes if they can’t match the financial firepower.
Researched the numbers, and lots of the companies being invested in, to bring the story to life for clients. These are investments of between $50k-$50m across all series of funding. Some can been seen as acquihire investments to rapidly build internal capacity in some skills sets, a lot seem to be about making bets that will pay-off by improving the insurer’s value-chain or customer experience, a few seem to be about longer-term existential threat investments