Team Networks and Venture Success: Evidence From Token-Financed Startups
43 Pages Posted: 23 May 2023
Date Written: May 18, 2023
Evidence shows that social network structures drive important economic outcomes. Building on social network theory, this study is the first to analyse the impact of team networks on venture success. Using information about team affiliations for a sample of token-financed startups, we model networks based on team interlocks across firms. Ventures with well-connected teams exhibit higher market valuations and higher token market liquidity. These effects seem to be driven by network-induced information and communication advantages. Specifically, we show that networks matter most when publicly available information is limited. The findings remain robust after controlling for non-team networks and endogeneity.
Keywords: Team networks, venture success, token-financing, startups, social network analysis
JEL Classification: D85, G10, G24, G30, G32, L26, M13
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