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The Effects of Early Stage Venture Capitalist Actions on Eventual Venture Disposition

  • Lowell W. Busenitz

    (University of Houston)

  • James O. Fiet

    (University the Pacific)

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    This study examines the relationship between venture capitalist actions and the eventual disposition of a venture through an IPO, which is the most profitable exit strategy. The actions included in this study were ( 1) altering the amount of their investment; ( 2) securing a concentrated equity position; ( 3) diversifying their syndicate investments; and ( 4) introducing their investees to other sources of financing. After five years, this study found a positive relationship between IPO exit and ( 1) the amount of their investment; and ( 2) the diversification of their VC syndicate. However, it found only mixed results for ( 1) venture capitalist concentrated equity position; and ( 2) introductions to other sources of funding. Finally, implications for future research are discussed.

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

    Volume (Year): 5 (1996)
    Issue (Month): 2 (Summer)
    Pages: 97-114

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    Handle: RePEc:pep:journl:v:5:y:1996:i:2:p:97-114
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