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L'évaluation et le financement des start-up Internet


  • Ulrich Hege


This paper discusses some phenomena in the corporate finance of internet start-ups that emerged during the “internet buble” between 1998-2000. The advent of nternet start-ups had a major impact on the investment flow and the operations of the venture capital industry in the US and in Europe. It is argued that some of these transformations could be explained by the potential for specific agency conflicts in the financing of internet start-ups. The paper then turns to a discussion of initial public offerings and the listing of companies without near-term profitability, the capital structure of start-ups characterized by the dominance of equity, and the absence of dividend pay-outs. Finally, the valuation of companies and innovative techniques that supposedly can overcome obstacles in the accurate valuation of internet start-ups are discussed. Classification JEL : G31, G32, G35, L86

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  • Ulrich Hege, 2001. "L'évaluation et le financement des start-up Internet," Revue économique, Presses de Sciences-Po, vol. 52(7), pages 291-312.
  • Handle: RePEc:cai:recosp:reco_527_0291

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    1. Mohamed-Larbi Aribou, 2009. "L'évaluation comptable de l'immatériel dans les entreprises high-tech," Post-Print halshs-00445609, HAL.
    2. Olivier Sautel & Cécile Cézanne, 2007. "The Human Capital-Intensive Firm and Coordination: Redefined Integration and Disintegration," CEPN Working Papers hal-00628647, HAL.
    3. Olivier Sautel & Cécile Cézanne-Sintès, 2007. "Firme intensive en capital humain et coordination : vers une redéfinition du rapport entre intégration et dé-intégration," Post-Print hal-00331454, HAL.
    4. Olivier Sautel & Cécile Cézanne, 2007. "The Human Capital-Intensive Firm and Coordination: Redefined Integration and Disintegration," Working Papers hal-00628647, HAL.
    5. Patrick Boisselier & Dominique Dufour, 2002. "L'Introduction Des Societes Internet En Bourse : Opportunisme Ou Necessite Pour Les Actionnaires Et Capital-Risqueurs ?," Post-Print halshs-00584445, HAL.
    6. Patrick Boisselier & Dominique Dufour, 2007. "Bulle financière et introduction des sociétés Internet au Nouveau marché," Revue Finance Contrôle Stratégie,, vol. 10(1), pages 67-93, March.
    7. Christophe Boucher, 2003. "La valorisation des sociétés de la Nouvelle économie par les options réelles : vertiges et controverses d’une analogie," Revue d'Économie Financière, Programme National Persée, vol. 72(3), pages 299-315.
    8. Emmanuelle Dubocage & Valérie Revest, 2010. "Une analyse conventionnaliste du prix d’offre des start-up sur le Nouveau Marché français," Revue d'Économie Financière, Programme National Persée, vol. 96(1), pages 215-231.

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    JEL classification:

    • G31 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Capital Budgeting; Fixed Investment and Inventory Studies
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • G35 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Payout Policy
    • L86 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Information and Internet Services; Computer Software


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