How Early Stage Entrepreneurs Evaluate Venture Capitalists
D. Gordon Smith
Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School
This paper is the first attempt to study the process and criteria used by entrepreneurs in evaluating venture capitalists. Selection process involves issues such as the time invested in gathering information, the sources of information, and the number of venture capitalists considered. Selection criteria are split into four groups: (1) Valuation; (2) Value-Added Services; (3) Reputational Factors; and (4) Venture Capitalist Attributes. The paper presents results for all respondents and compares results when the respondents are sorted by geographic region, industry, experience, and age. The paper also examines satisfaction, sorting respondents by geographic region, industry, experience, age, time devoted to the search, and criteria ranking.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 19
JEL Classification: G24
Date posted: December 15, 1999
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