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Support for entrepreneurs driven to make a difference.

Together, we can solve today's biggest challenges. We seed the future of technology by backing big ideas, with funding, strategic connections, and expertise.

Powerful Answers Award and Verizon Ventures

A Chat with Verizon Ventures' Dan Keoppel
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Startup and venture news from Verizon.

Location Sharing Startup Glympse Raises $12M as It Looks for More Device Integration

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Verizon Puts $5 Million Behind Mobile Radio Tech Company Newlans

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Verizon's Giving $1M to World-Changing Startups in Education, Health, & More

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Verizon Ventures Invests in CloudBees

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Startups in Harlem Test Drive FiOS Quantum for Free

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Advancing well-rounded startups with solid expertise.

Our commitment to new developments in technology creates an opportunity for us to provide powerful support for powerful ideas—creating long-term relationships with incredible entrepreneurs and organizations by offering:

  • Strategic connections and opportunities both internally and externally.
  • Awareness and partners across a global network.
  • Proficiency in market dynamics, sales and distribution, technical engineering, and operations.
  • Domain expertise, customer validation, and advice on how to best enter new markets.
  • Expertise with cloud, networking, mobility, M2M, and security.
Advancing well-rounded startups with solid expertise

Investing in the right ideas at the right time.

Our success depends on helping entrepreneurs find individual success—developing new technologies that complement and leverage our global networks, platforms, and distribution channels. We're particularly excited by solutions that empower our retail and enterprise customers.

And we're always on the lookout for disruptive technologies and business models with the potential to capture a significant share of a large market.

Investing in the right ideas at the right time Investing in the right ideas at the right time

Areas we invest include:

Smart devices—M2M and more:

  • All things coming out of development that can connect to our networks.
  • Social machines that reinvent consumer products through connectivity.

Content—video, web, and mobile applications:

  • Players that can disrupt the current linear model, allowing for viewer interaction.
  • Mobile First apps and services that challenge incumbent web video services.
  • Technologies to unlock apps from devices, easing developer burden for cross-device functionality.
  • Cross-platform/modality advertising that can maintain relevant messaging between different types of media.
  • Enterprise video that connects employees and integrates into daily work life.

Digital marketing and commerce:

  • Mobile advertising that goes beyond the major entrants and fills gaps in the ecosystem.

Cloud, enterprise IT, and networking:

  • Public and private cloud services to converge infrastructure and share resources.
  • Anything security—network, web, messaging, identity and access management, mobile/endpoints, and firewalls.
  • Virtualization as it moves into network services and storage.

Big data:

  • Personalization to tailor user experiences and make use of location-based data.
  • Analytics, especially in these forms—descriptive, diagnostic, predictive, and prescriptive.
  • Infrastructure optimization to handle—and speed up—real time data-in-motion.

Showcasing our portfolio.

Whether seed capital or millions of dollars are needed to take an idea to the next level, Verizon Ventures can help make it happen. We often co-invest with other venture firms and strategic partners, undertaking an in-depth due diligence process.

Supporting development through industry connections

Supporting development through industry connections.

Our relationship with Verizon connects our portfolio of companies to some of the world's brightest engineers, technologists, and market strategists. Our connections include:

  • Verizon Innovation Centers. Helps our ecosystem of collaborating companies take wireless technology out of the phone and integrate it into things unlike phones—delivering solutions in transportation, healthcare, green energy, education, wearable computing, and more.
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  • Verizon Developer Community. Supports and encourages forward- thinking developers to create the richest set of mobile apps and experiences available today.
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  • Verizon Partner Program. Offers access to innovative technology solutions, training, and marketing resources to help you differentiate your business, engage new customers, and improve your bottom line.
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  • Verizon Cloud Beta. Delivers performance and reliability with the efficiency and exceptional value for building your application. Applications are now being accepted to participate in the Verizon Cloud Beta program.
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Inspiring success with venture programs.

We develop programs to engage and collaborate with the entrepreneurial and investment communities. Our current venture programs include:

  • Verizon Venture Forum. Brings together financial investment, product incubation, and market validation. The goal is to help Verizon understand emerging investment trends and prospects, identify potential companies to partner with, and share Verizon's strategy and investment initiatives with the venture capital and entrepreneur community.
  • Powerful Answers Award. Verizon Ventures administers the Verizon Powerful Answers Award, a multimillion dollar global challenge for the most innovative solutions in Education, Healthcare, Sustainability and Transportation. A good idea can come from anywhere—and Verizon is offering millions of dollars in awards because we believe leading technology combined with powerful ideas can help solve the world's biggest problems.
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  • Seed Stage Engagement. Supports the entrepreneurial ecosystem via partnerships, mentoring, connections to our Innovation Program experts, and technology packages. We engage with incubators and accelerators to increase the scale of our impact and reach more entrepreneurs.
Inspiring success with venture programs Inspiring success with venture programs Inspiring success with venture programs

Introducing the Verizon Ventures team.

Leadership:

John Doherty
John Doherty
Senior Vice President

Venture Professionals:

Dan Keoppel
Dan Keoppel
Executive Director
Gopal Rajagopalan
Gopal Rajagopalan
Executive Director
Mark Smith
Mark Smith
Executive Director
Jeffrey Black
Jeffrey Black
Director
Vijay Doradla
Vijay Doradla
Director
David Famolari
David Famolari
Director
Michelle McCarthy
Michelle McCarthy
Director
Tom Constabile
Tom Constabile
Associate Director
Matt Schwartz
Matt Schwartz
Associate Director
Laura Swallow
Laura Swallow
Associate Director
Daniel Chui
Daniel Chui
Manager
Andrew Der
Andrew Der
Manager
Christian Guirnalda
Christian Guirnalda
Manager
Suresh Madhavan
Suresh Madhavan
Manager
Alden Mahabir
Alden Mahabir
Manager
Mark Scott
Mark Scott
Manager