August 3, 2015

Saying Hello to Innovation at Verizon Ventures’ Startup Day

As the investment arm of Verizon, we don’t often get the opportunity to share what we’re doing and showcase how we’re engaging with our portfolio to the rest of the organization. So, in an effort to show how Verizon Ventures works as an investor, partner, and contributor to the technology improvements our customers see on a regular basis, we hosted our first ever Startup Day.

We invited 20 of our portfolio companies to showcase their technology and share their journey with a variety of Verizon employees at our headquarters in Basking Ridge, New Jersey just last month. Throughout the day, attendees heard Verizon executives discuss emerging trends in the startup community and watched panels with companies such as Kinvey and Q-Sensei discuss topics including accelerators programs, software development, payments, and more.

Portfolio companies also demonstrated their cutting edge technology through a series of demos, providing a better understanding of how new partners within Verizon can participate and gain access to their technology through the Ventures Access Platform. A one-stop shop for a variety of services developed by our portfolio companies, the Verizon Access Platform is a sandbox for Verizon developers to validate new product ideas or enhance existing Verizon platforms.

A successful event gathering our colleagues and companies within the Verizon Ventures family, we look forward to surpassing this year’s Startup Day with another. Check out some of the discussions that took place:

Picks & Shovels: Startups That Help Developers Search For Gold – Scott Saxon from Apigee moderates a panel with Aaron Thompson, VP of Business Development at Kinvey and Ted Fifelski, co-founder at SimplyTapp on application providers using tools to create differentiated experiences.


Strange Bedfellows: How Verizon Works With Accelerator Startups – Two early stage startups (Cosmos and Percolata) and Kinvey walk through their experience of pivoting their idea with an accelerator.


Don't Leave Code Without It: How To Ensure Software Delivery And User Identity – Vijay Doradla moderates a panel with Francois Dechery, founder at CloudBees; Mike Bijelich, Director of Solution Architecture at Payfone; and Elias Rothblatt, Director of Product Marketing at Payfone on how fraud and authentication impacts companies in the mobile payment space.

Tags: innovation , portfolio , Startup Day , Ventures Access Platform