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I interviewed Quinn Li, VP Managing Director Qualcomm Ventures @GLAZED. Qualcomm Ventures focuses on the mobile ecosystem from application softwares to key technologies for mobile devices as well as the mobile infrastructure, also digital mobile health. Quinn was an engineer & has been in the wireless mobile industry for 15+ years & been with Qualcomm Ventures for 8 years.  Qualcomm Ventures worldwide has about 25 to 30 partners – they invest globally out of 7 different regions: Nth America, Europe, China, India, Israel, Korea & Brazil. Quinn is based in San Diego but he has colleagues here in the Bay area. He gave his opinion on the note that Corporate Venture Capitalists are often not paid what they are worth. “In traditional venture firms they have carry structure, so you basically get to share profits on investment returns. In most corporations you don’t have this carry structure & this is probably what this comes from. A lot of the time the investment entities is not a separate fund (some corporates have separate funds). So we’re corporate employees.” He spoke about his view on the changes that are happening in the venture capital industry. “One of the key driving factors for early stage companies is that it costs a lot less money to get a startup going, you can use a lot of the infrastructure & services that are already going. There are a lot of early stage firms & angels who can fund these very early stage companies. The very large traditional firms are still around & investing. “The venture business at the end of the day is a very hits driven business.  You need to invest in multi million dollar companies & there are only so many of those.”  He doesnt think that crowdfunding will affect the venture industry. Its a way for folks to get money initially & get their name out there. Its a good way to get initial capital but to scale a business you still need venture capital. Its also a good way to validate your model.Enhanced by Zemanta

Pemo Theodore

Pemo is a Media Publisher & Event Producer. She is CoFounder/CEO Silicon Valley TV She is the Executive Producer of FinTech Silicon Valley & organizes Bay Area FinTech meetup: Silicon Valley FinTech meetup & Blockchain Music meetup with almost 3k members. She has produced Silicon Valley Events for Investors & Startups 7 years. She video interviews venture capitalists & angel investors & FinTech experts. She partners with videographers to cover San Francisco Bay area startup conferences & meetups with livestreaming, video & foto packages Silicon Valley TV She is based in Silicon Valley & has been involved in online business for 14 years. She has been in small business for 46 years in Ireland, London, Canada & Australia. She also published a free ebook (the findings of 1 year research from VCs, angels & women founders) “Why are Women Funded Less than Men? a crowdsourced conversation” She was TheNextWomen‘s most prolific contributor of 2011. Silicon Valley TV has been noted as a platform for supporting high growth women led companies in Huffington Post

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