A couple years ago, corporations were spending less on R&D and investing less in startups. This trend has seemingly made a 180 degree turn.
"Last year, corporations invested $1.9 billion in venture capital in America, up 33 percent from $1.35 billion in 2009," according to an article by Robert Ackerman. You can find the article here: http://bit.ly/kPUNsk
This is an indication of improving economic conditions in the corporate world. We keep hearing that companies are experiencing record earnings, but generally hoarding the cash; it sounds like some of those earnings are now beginning to go into creating or maintaining strategic advantages through investing.