FoSC #96: Daley Ervin of Engage VC

Corporate innovation, VC and supply chain

This week on The Future of Supply Chain, Santosh is joined by Daley Ervin, managing director of Engage VC. Located in Atlanta, Georgia, Engage deploys both capital and enterprise expertise to help startups breakthrough corporate barriers and operate at full speed

Highlights from their conversation include:

  • Daley’s journey with startups and venture backing (1:15)
  • How Engage works with Atlanta’s unique nexus of innovation in the southeast (3:58)
  • Corporate engagement with startup growth (7:40)
  • Thinking differently about ROI (11:46)
  • Making sure that CEOs are on board with innovation cycles (19:55)
  • Perpetrators of innovation theater (23:26)
  • Dealing with the innovator’s dilemma (25:29)
  • How founders should prepare for their first Fortune 500 sales meeting (31:29)
  • Avoiding the infamous pilot’s purgatory (34:53)
  • Fixing pricing later (38:02)

Engage is designed to promote innovation through a network of connections between startups, corporations, university researchers, and the venture community. Find out more at

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During each episode of The Future of Supply Chain, we sit down with a different entrepreneur, investor, or industry veteran to discuss their story, views on the industry, and how we can collectively build the future of supply chain together.