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How important is innovation for venture capitalists’ (VCs’) market reputation?

Oghenovo A. Obrimah

The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, 2016, vol. 61, issue C, 64-76

Abstract: I find empirical evidence that venture capitalists’ (VCs’) principals reward unanticipated or unexpected improvements in VCs’ ability to deliver relatively innovative ventures to market with market reputation. I also find the combination of a focus on innovation and exits via third party acquisitions yields the best risk-return trade-offs, and is associated with the highest estimates of idiosyncratic ability within the cross-section of the venture capital market. These findings provide evidence that a focus on innovation is associated with ability and rewarded with market reputation within the venture capital market. Given I find IPO exit rates are not measures of unanticipated improvements in VCs’ ability to deliver relatively innovative ventures to market, the market reputation channel in this study differs from but is complementary to the IPO channel motivated in Nahata (2009).

Keywords: Venture Capital; Innovation; Market Reputation; Investment focus; Acquisitions; Risk (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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