One of the most helpful features of the Intel Capital CEO Summit is the formal matchmaking between Portfolio Company CEOs and industry executives. The matchmaking is set up in a large ballroom. There are about 100 tables for two. A senior representative from such companies as BMW, Disney and Walmart is sitting at each table. The portfolio company CEOs are matched via a web application ahead of time. At the matchmaking event, each Portfolio Company CEO gets a private one-on-one meeting with five industry executives. This year I was matched with BMW, Agco Corporation, Corent Technology, Capgemini and NEUSoft Group International. One of these meetings was very good, and there was a direct match in interests, so I consider the matchmaking a valuable success.
There is a lot of energy in the room during the matchmaking meetings. Here’s a short video clip I shot showing the activity.