Design the Future by Using the Past

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How is the Sputnik launch connected to the invention of the Internet? What can we learn from the relationship of war and technological development? These are the kinds of questions that we asked when we set out to look at the History of Venture. Our goal was to create a database capturing the History of Venture in the tumultuous century starting with World War I, and thereby enable the study of individual events, of the relationships between events, and of the high-level insights that would emerge.

This research project placed in our hands an invaluable resource for studying venture and innovation and the factors impacting their success, and inspired much of the present issue of Coller Venture Review. We then put it at the disposal of researchers of Venture and History everywhere, along with our design considerations which are described in this issue.

The CIVHOV database reveals multiple insights, especially when you look across the sweep of the century for commonalities and interesting conclusions. These are shared in the article “Key Insights From a Century of Venture”. The database itself is shared here in two forms, a timeline and a data table; the full database can be accessed electronically by CIV community members on the CIV web site, and can inform your own research. Articles about specific cases of venture evolution in different locales – for example, the development of Apple and the growth of the Chinese venture capital market – complete this issue.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-5
JournalColler Venture Review
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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