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Investment cycles and startup innovation

Ramana Nanda () and Matthew Rhodes-Kropf ()

Journal of Financial Economics, 2013, vol. 110, issue 2, 403-418

Abstract: We find that venture capital-backed startups receiving their initial investment in hot markets are more likely to go bankrupt, but conditional on going public, are valued higher on the day of their initial public offering, have more patents, and have more citations to their patents. Our results suggest that VCs invest in riskier and more innovative startups in hot markets (rather than just worse firms). This is particularly true for the most experienced VCs. Furthermore, our results suggest that increased capital in hot times plays a causal role in shifting investments to more novel startups by lowering the cost of experimentation for early stage investors and allowing them to make riskier, more novel, investments.

Keywords: Venture capital; Innovation; Market cycles; Financing risk (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G24 G32 O31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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