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Venture capital in crisis?

Mason, Colin (2009) Venture capital in crisis? Venture Capital, 11 (4). pp. 279-285. ISSN 1369-1066

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Abstract

The venture capital industry is widely thought to be in crisis. The huge amount of money that flowed into the industry in recent years has driven down returns. This has had knock-on effects on fund-raising and investment activity. Many commentators believe that the industry needs to downsize. There are signs that this is already occurring. New investment models are emerging, notably boutique funds, often angel-backed, based on making small investments in early stage businesses and seeking an early exit through a trade sale. Research needs to engage with the venture capital industry's new dynamic. A number of lines of enquiry are proposed.