Interview Of The Week

Interview Of The Week: Dieter Kraft, Corporate Venturing Expert

Who: Dieter Kraft is Managing Director at TRUMPF Venture, the venture arm of TRUMPF, a German industrial machine manufacturing and high-tech company and one of the world’s biggest providers of machine tools. He previously worked as an investment partner at Robert Bosch Ventures and in a variety of roles for German multinational engineering and technology company Robert Bosch.

Topic: How to build an effective corporate venturing strategy

Quote: “I believe the value proposition of corporate venture is to bring open innovation to the R&D of an organization. A corporate VC needs to bring strategic value in the form of knowledge transfer. It is not about using startups as a cheaper or faster workbench; it is about investing in adjacent fields and learning how such businesses work.”

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About the author

Jennifer L. Schenker

Jennifer L. Schenker, an award-winning journalist, has been covering the global tech industry from Europe since 1985, working full-time, at various points in her career for the Wall Street Journal Europe, Time Magazine, International Herald Tribune, Red Herring and BusinessWeek. She is currently the editor-in-chief of The Innovator, an English-language global publication about the digital transformation of business. Jennifer was voted one of the 50 most inspiring women in technology in Europe in 2015 and 2016 and was named by Forbes Magazine in 2018 as one of the 30 women leaders disrupting tech in France. She has been a World Economic Forum Tech Pioneers judge for 20 years. She lives in Paris and has dual U.S. and French citizenship.