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Investment cycles and startup innovation

  • Nanda, Ramana
  • Rhodes-Kropf, Matthew

We find that venture capital-backed startups receiving their initial investment in hot markets are more likely to go bankrupt, but conditional on going public, are valued higher on the day of their initial public offering, have more patents, and have more citations to their patents. Our results suggest that VCs invest in riskier and more innovative startups in hot markets (rather than just worse firms). This is particularly true for the most experienced VCs. Furthermore, our results suggest that increased capital in hot times plays a causal role in shifting investments to more novel startups by lowering the cost of experimentation for early stage investors and allowing them to make riskier, more novel, investments.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Financial Economics.

Volume (Year): 110 (2013)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 403-418

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