On the Life Cycle Dynamics of Venture-Capital- and Non-Venture-Capital-Financed Firms

Journal Article (Journal Article)

We use data over 25 years to understand the life cycle dynamics of VC- and non-VC-financed firms. We find successful and failed VC-financed firms achieve larger scale but are not more profitable at exit than matched non-VC-financed firms. Cumulative failure rates of VC-financed firms are lower, with the difference driven largely by lower failure rates in the initial years after receiving VC. Our results are not driven by VCs disguising failures as acquisitions or by certain types of VCs. The performance difference between VC- and non-VC-financed firms narrows in the post-internet bubble years, but does not disappear. © 2012 The American Finance Association.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Puri, M; Zarutskie, R

Published Date

  • December 1, 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 67 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 2247 - 2293

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1540-6261

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-1082

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1540-6261.2012.01786.x

Citation Source

  • Scopus