Investment Cycles and Startup Innovation
Harvard University - Entrepreneurial Management Unit
Harvard Business School - Entrepreneurial Management Unit
December 10, 2012
Harvard Business School Entrepreneurial Management Working Paper No. 12-032
We find that VC-backed firms receiving their initial investment in hot markets are more likely to go bankrupt, but conditional on going public are valued higher on the day of their IPO, have more patents and have more citations to their patents. Our results suggest that VCs invest in riskier and more innovative startups in hot markets (rather than just worse firms). This is particularly true for the most experienced VCs. Furthermore, our results suggest that the flood of capital in hot markets also plays a causal role in shifting investments to more novel startups – by lowering the cost of experimentation for early stage investors and allowing them to make riskier, more novel, investments.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 57
Keywords: Venture Capital, Innovation, Market Cycles, Financing Risk
JEL Classification: G24, G32, O31working papers series
Date posted: October 29, 2011 ; Last revised: December 13, 2012
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