Investor Connect Podcast

Hello, this is Hall T. Martin with the Startup Funding Espresso -- your daily shot of startup funding and investing.

Corporate venture capital is an existing business utilizing venture funding to further the company’s strategic objectives.

The firm takes an equity stake in startups either through an internal fund or off the corporate balance sheet. 

Unlike traditional venture capital, corporate VCs look to gain a competitive advantage for the company and not a financial return.

The firm seeks to grow their business and uses an investment into a startup to gain knowledge of an emerging market, identify key players in the industry, and potentially use the results to grow sales. 

These initial investments often lead to a buyout of the startup.

The investment is a useful tool for diligencing a startup and influencing its direction.

There are some corporate VCs investing for a return on investment rather than strategic initiatives, but this is rare.

Most corporate VCs make investments with the goal of winning more business for their current product and services.

It’s a useful method for exploring new markets without committing substantial resources from the corporation.

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In this episode, Hall welcomes Jim Denholm, Founder & CEO at IronBridge Private Wealth.

IronBridge Private Wealth was founded in Austin, Texas, to combine the strength and resources of a large financial firm with the independence of a local company. They are true fiduciaries of their clients'​ wealth. Having real risk management strategies that adapt to changing market conditions, while understanding their clients'​ individual goals and objectives, provides the foundation of true fiduciary service.

As founder and CEO, Jim Denholm created IronBridge to assist clients on their paths to financial success. Every aspect of IronBridge was developed with a client-first mindset. Jim's unique background includes nearly two decades spent at large investment firms (JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley, and Wells Fargo) and Jim has a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Jim serves on various boards, including the First Tee of Greater Austin, the Austin Symphony, and is a member of the Texas Exes Investment Committee. He lives in Austin with his wife, two boys, and two large Rhodesian Ridgebacks.

Jim shares what excites him now and advises startups and investors. He discusses his investment thesis, how he sees the startup industry evolving, and what he thinks will be the biggest change we will see in five years.

You can visit IronBridge Private Wealth at, and via LinkedIn at

Jim can be contacted via email at, via LinkedIn at, and via Twitter at

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