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

  • Kanniainen, V.
  • Keuschnigg, C.

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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Paper provided by Department of Economics in its series University of Helsinki, Department of Economics with number 486.

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Length: 11 pages
Date of creation: 2000
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Handle: RePEc:fth:helsec:486
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