Navigating the Future: The Essential Guide to
Corporate Venture-Driven Growth

By Danny Nathan

Navigating the Future: The Essential Guide to
Corporate Venture-Driven Growth

We read a bunch of the best books on building ventures and corporate venture capital — so you don’t have to. (But you might find you want to.)

We’ve dug through a variety of texts about (and adjacent to) the subject of Corporate Venture Capital (CVC) and Venture-Driven Growth, including:

  • Lean Customer Development by Cindy Alvarez
  • Lean Enterprise by Humble, Molesky, and O’Reilly
  • The Lean Startup by Eric Reiss
  • Sprint! by Jake Knapp
  • The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen
  • The Innovator’s Method by Furr and Dyer
  • Running Lean by Ash Maurya
  • The Startup Owner’s Manual by Seve Blank and Bob Dorf
  • The Unicorn WIthin by Linda Yates
  • The Big Startup Studios Research by Max Pog
  • The Purpose is Profit by McLaughlin, Lydecker, and McLaughlin
  • The 2022 Corporate Innovation Report by Planbox

Executive Summary

Corporations today face the dual challenge of sustaining growth and staying relevant amidst disruptive technologies and changing consumer behaviors. This white paper provides a strategic blueprint for large corporations seeking to harness the power of corporate venture capital (CVC) and venture-driven growth methodologies to foster innovation, secure competitive advantages, and propel themselves into the future.

Drawing on a comprehensive analysis of leading literature in the field — including insights from "Lean Startup," "Sprint," and "The Innovator's Dilemma," among others — this white paper distills the essence of successful corporate venture building practices. It emphasizes the significance of lean methodologies, customer-centric development, and agile frameworks in cultivating an environment where innovation thrives and leads to the creation of value-driven ventures.

The white paper concludes with actionable recommendations for corporations looking to implement or enhance their venture-driven growth strategies. It underscores the importance of leadership in fostering an innovation-oriented culture, the need for robust governance to navigate the venture-building process, and the value of continuous learning and iteration based on market feedback.

In essence, "Navigating the Future: The Essential Guide to Corporate Venture-Driven Growth" serves as a comprehensive guide for corporate leaders and innovation teams committed to building a future where their organizations not only survive but thrive. Through strategic venture building and a commitment to innovation, corporations can position themselves at the forefront of innovation.

The White Paper

Click here to download our white paper.