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The Optimal Portfolio of Start-Up Firms in Venture Capital Finance

  • Vesa Kanniainen
  • Christian Keuschnigg

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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