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

In setting up a corporate VC fund in your organization, consider the following:

Start with the legal structure. You can either create an LLC legal entity for the fund or move the fund inside the corporate structure.

Next, establish your investment thesis in alignment with your corporate strategic objectives.  

Build an investment structure with a team for managing deal flow, diligence, portfolio management, and other activities in running a fund.

Use traditional VC programs as a benchmark for this process.

Establish a pipeline of deals to review by setting up partnerships with funds, accelerators, and other groups launching startups that fit your thesis.

Set up syndicate partnerships with traditional VCs to fund deals they’ve completed.

Make sure you create internal communication programs to update the corporation on status and progress.

Create an external communications program to promote the fund and attract startups as well as syndicate partners.

Startups sign up to gain access to corporate partners, customers, brands, and more, so create support programs for the invested companies.  

Establish metrics to capture the results of the work. 

Traditional VCs typically use exits on funded startups.

Corporate VCs should focus on meaningful collaborations with corporate departments and partners.

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In this episode, Hall welcomes Greg Shepard, Founder of BOSS Capital Partners.

Headquartered in San Diego, California, BOSS Capital Partners is a boutique consulting firm dedicated to working with technology businesses that need operational expertise and guidance to achieve capital-efficient and rewarding outcomes. By utilizing the BOSS - Business Operating Support System - the BCP team assists portfolio companies with tactical challenges they face in product management, engineering, sales, marketing, pricing, legal, and finance. 

BOSS Capital Partners is focused on applying the battle-tested BOSS Startup Science methodology to assist companies that have found product-market fit, yet need additional operational assistance to achieve a reasonable financial exit.

Consistently and efficiently applied, BOSS allows BCP to transform the day-to-day operations of portfolio companies and significantly increase the quality of potential exit outcomes. 

Greg is a 20-year startup veteran and serial entrepreneur with 14 liquidity events under his belt, two of which were sold as part of a $925M transaction that won 4 PE awards for transactions between $250M-$1B. He is a ForbesBooks author and has written over 100 articles published in 25 national and international publications. Greg is a TEDx speaker and keynote speaker for universities, associations, and conferences worldwide. He is the host of a Forbes Radio show and has been featured as a guest on over 25 popular podcasts as well as numerous network TV and radio shows. Greg Co-Founded BOSSStartupScience a learning center that is based on Greg’s Business Operating Support System (BOSS) - an open-source methodology developed to empower entrepreneurs while increasing the startup success rate.

Greg shares what excites him now in the sector and gives detailed advice to both investors and entrepreneurs. He discusses some of the changes we may see in the startup space in the next five years and he speaks about his investment thesis.

You can visit BOSS Capital Partners at, via LinkedIn at, and via Twitter at

Greg can be contacted via email at, via his website at, via LinkedIn at, and via Twitter at

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