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The optimal portfolio of start-up firms in venture capital finance

  • Kanniainen, Vesa
  • Keuschnigg, Christian

A venture capitalist faces a trade-off between the extent of managerial advice allocated to each start-up and the total number of firms advised. Diminishing returns to advice per firm call for a larger portfolio. As advice gets diluted, further expansion of the portfolio eventually becomes unprofitable.

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Volume (Year): 9 (2003)
Issue (Month): 5 (November)
Pages: 521-534

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