Whom You Know Matters: Venture Capital Networks and Investment Performance
56 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2004
Date Written: September 2005
Many financial markets are characterized by strong relationships and networks, rather than arm's-length, spot-market transactions. We examine the performance consequences of this organizational choice in the context of relationships established when VCs syndicate portfolio company investments. VC firms that enjoy more influential network positions have significantly better fund performance, as measured by the proportion of investments that are successfully exited through an IPO or sale to another company. Similarly, the portfolio companies of better-networked VC firms are significantly more likely to survive to subsequent financing and to eventual exit. Finally, we provide initial evidence on the evolution of VC networks.
Keywords: Venture Capital, Networks, Syndication, Investment Performance
JEL Classification: G24, L14
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