Venture Capital and the Professionalization of Start-Up Firms: Empirical Evidence

Posted: 17 Nov 2003

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Thomas F. Hellmann

University of Oxford - Said Business School; University of Oxford - Said Business School; European Corporate Governance Initiative

Manju Puri

Duke University - Fuqua School of Business; NBER

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Abstract

This paper examines the impact venture capital can have on the development of new firms. Using a hand-collected data set on Silicon Valley start-ups, we find that venture capital is related to a variety of professionalization measures, such as human resource policies, the adoption of stock option plans, and the hiring of a marketing VP. Venture-capital-backed companies are also more likely and faster to replace the founder with an outside CEO, both in situations that appear adversarial and those mutually agreed to. The evidence suggests that venture capitalists play roles over and beyond those of traditional financial intermediaries.

Suggested Citation

Hellmann, Thomas F. and Puri, Manju, Venture Capital and the Professionalization of Start-Up Firms: Empirical Evidence. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=309158

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