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Talking Points

In the United States, entrepreneurs have few options for gaining funding beyond angels and venture capitalists. Venture firms, with a tremendous amount of capital, were looking to spend it, and so urged start-ups to spend far more money than was sensible. Although the get-big-fast strategy can work, the situation in which it will do so is rare, involving a lack of current competitors and a significant head start for a company over potential competitors.

During the bubble the Financial Value Chain had no patience. There was little interest in a company that was working in the traditional fashion to get a business model right before spending lots of money and trying to go public.


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