Investor Connect Podcast

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

Corporate VC funding continues to grow as companies look for innovation and startups look for funding opportunities.

There are several types of corporate VC funds. Here are three:

1. Traditional investment fund 

  • This fund looks and acts like a traditional VC fund. 
  • They’ve set up a fund for the program and source and diligence deals similar to a traditional VC fund.
  • They invest for financial reasons and can provide primarily management support.

2. Strategic investment fund

  • They invest off the balance sheet and for strategic purposes.
  • They don’t look for a financial return but rather collaborations.
  • The team is small but works full time on the fund.
  • They invest not only financial resources, but also strategic ones such as partnerships and sales channel access.

3. Opportunity investment fund

  • They often invest off the balance sheet and invest solely for specific projects.
  • The team is not full-time and consists of members from various departments.
  • They are typically product-focused and seek the investment to fill a product need.
  • They provide limited strategic and financial support. 

Make sure the type of corporate VC matches the needs of your startup.

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In this episode, Hall welcomes Hubert Vaz-Nayak, Co-Founder and President of the Chicago Booth Angels Network of Texas.

The Chicago Booth Angels Network (CBAN) of Texas was formed by Booth alumni in Texas who came together to identify and invest smartly in startups. They focus on early-stage companies that are looking for a diverse, high caliber of investors who can leverage their capital, expertise, and global networks to the advantage of the companies they invest in. As part of the global CBAN organization, they also have access to the broader CBAN investor network.  

CBAN Texas is an inclusive organization that encourages all accredited investors to consider participating in their investment opportunities and events. They consider investing in businesses from anywhere in the United States and invest in a broad range of industries.  

Hubert began his career in India working on the launch of Pepsi and 7Up across the country. After graduating from the University of Chicago Booth Business School, he worked with large technology companies including Motorola, BMC Software, and AT&T Wireless where he pioneered several wireless services we all use today. As a management consultant with Accenture and KPMG, he advised the management teams of several Fortune 100 companies.  

Hubert also has a strong start-up track record. He came up with the idea and wrote the original business plan for Convergys, which grew into a $3B public company. He then went on to co-found Eclipse Networks, which went from 2 to 400+ employees in less than 12 months. He led the turnaround and repositioning of Dynamicsoft that was acquired by Cisco Systems. Moving to Houston, he was initially Director of the Tech startups at the Houston Technology Center, where he advised over 30 startup companies.

Hubert is a board member of TIE Houston and TIE Houston Angels, the world’s largest entrepreneurship organization. He is also currently the CFO of a rapidly-growing social media startup called Aapoon, which is focused on the Indian market. Hubert is an active angel investor investing in multiple startups around the country and remains an advisor to many of them.  

Hubert discusses the state of startup investing and his investment thesis. He advises investors and entrepreneurs and discusses some of the challenges they face.

You can visit the Chicago Booth Angels Network of Texas at, and via LinkedIn at

Hubert can be contacted via email at, and via LinkedIn at

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