41 Pages Posted: 2 Oct 2006
Date Written: July 2006
This paper argues that a large component of success in entrepreneurship and venture capital can be attributed to skill. We show that entrepreneurs with a track record of success are more likely to succeed than first time entrepreneurs and those who have previously failed. Funding by more experienced venture capital firms enhances the chance of success, but only for entrepreneurs without a successful track record. Similarly, more experienced venture capitalists are able to identify and invest in first time entrepreneurs who are more likely to become serial entrepreneurs. Investments by venture capitalists in successful serial entrepreneurs generate higher returns for their venture capital investors. This finding provides further support for the role of skill in both entrepreneurship and venture capital.
Keywords: new ventures, entrepreneurs
JEL Classification: G24, L16
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Gompers, Paul A. and Kovner, Anna and Lerner, Josh and Scharfstein, David S., Skill vs. Luck in Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital: Evidence from Serial Entrepreneurs (July 2006). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=933932 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.933932