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Venture Capitalists' Evaluations of Start-up Teams: Trade-offs, Knock-out Criteria, and the Impact of VC Experience

Franke, Nikolaus and Gruber, Marc and Harhoff, Dietmar and Henkel, Joachim (2008) Venture Capitalists' Evaluations of Start-up Teams: Trade-offs, Knock-out Criteria, and the Impact of VC Experience. Entrepreneurship: Theorie & Practice, 32 (3). pp. 459-483. ISSN 1042-2587

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Abstract

The start-up team plays a key role in venture capitalists' evaluations of venture proposals. Our findings go beyond existing research, first by providing a detailed exploration of VCs' team evaluation criteria, and second by investigating the moderator variable of VC experience. Our results reveal utility trade-offs between team characteristics and thus provide answers to questions such as "What strength does it take to compensate for a weakness in characteristic A?" Moreover, our analysis reveals that novice VCs tend to focus on the qualifications of individual team members, while experienced VCs focus more on team cohesion. Data was obtained in a conjoint experiment with 51 professionals in VC firms and analyzed using discrete choice econometric models. (author's abstract)

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Divisions: Departments > Unternehmensf├╝hrung und Innovation > Entrepreneurship und Innovation > Franke
Version of the Document: Accepted for Publication
Variance from Published Version: Minor
Depositing User: Dissertation Administrator
Date Deposited: 24 May 2011 13:58
Last Modified: 09 Mar 2012 07:43
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URI: http://epub.wu.ac.at/id/eprint/3103

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