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The Staging of Venture Equity Capital and Venture Capitalist Bargaining Power

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  • G. Geoffrey Booth

    (Michigan State University)

  • Orkunt M. Dalgic

    (State University of New York at New Paltz)

  • Allan Young

    (Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia & Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University)

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    In this paper we look at the effects of bargaining power on the types of entrepreneurial projects chosen by venture capitalists and show that a wealth-constrained venture capitalist prefers to provide equity financing to a two-stage rather than to a similar single-stage project. While the venture capitalist does not have bargaining power over the entrepreneur of a single-stage project and is thus unable to extract any surplus, the venture capitalist does have this advantage in a two-stage project and, provided the project is good, can demand a portion of the surplus as a pre-condition for providing follow-on capital. This suggests that venture capitalists should stage their capital investments in order to improve their bargaining power, allowing them to earn greater profits from successful entrepreneurial projects.

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    Article provided by Pepperdine University, Graziadio School of Business and Management in its journal Journal of Entrepreneurial Finance and Business Ventures.

    Volume (Year): 9 (2004)
    Issue (Month): 3 (Fall)
    Pages: 29-40

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