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Help Me Help You: Let’s Talk Strategic Investors

Just back from a few days away and I’m thinking about putting together some information for readers about strategic investors, or corporate VCs, or whatever you’d like to call them.

Specifically, I’m looking for the inside dope about which investors are helpful, and which might actually hurt a startup’s prospects, according to you, VC and CEO readers. As I understand it, there’s a pretty dramatic range in value, as well as demands on CEOs.

Please feel free to either write in the comments below, or to email me directly at connie.loizos at thomsonreuters.com. (I may put together a magazine piece, depending on the feedback I receive, so if you have some strong thoughts and wouldn’t mind being quoted, I’d be doubly pleased, though if you prefer that I keep your comments on background, I still welcome them.)

There are obviously lots of strategics out there, but hopefully this list will be a helpful starting point:

AT&T/other telcos

eBay

Cisco

Hearst

IAC

IBM

Intel

In-Q-Tel

Google

Motorola

NBC

News Corp.

Oracle

Stanford University

Thanks in advance!