Getting Tired of Your Friends: The Dynamics of Venture Capital Relationships

41 Pages Posted: 18 Sep 2019 Last revised: 17 Apr 2021

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Qianqian Du

Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Thomas F. Hellmann

University of Oxford - Said Business School; University of Oxford - Said Business School; European Corporate Governance Initiative

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Date Written: September 2019

Abstract

Does doing more deals together always strengthen investor relationships? Based on the relationships of the top 50 US venture capital firms, this paper focuses on the strengths of relationships and their dynamic evolution. Empirical estimates indicate that having a deeper relationship leads to fewer, not more future coinvestments. Moreover, deeper relationships lead to lower exit performance, even after controlling for endogeneity. Interestingly, deeper relationships first lead to lower performance, and subsequently lead to a slowdown in the relationship intensity. Relationship effects are more negative for VC firms with less central network positions, and for deals made in “hot” investment markets.

Suggested Citation

Du, Qianqian and Hellmann, Thomas F., Getting Tired of Your Friends: The Dynamics of Venture Capital Relationships (September 2019). NBER Working Paper No. w26274, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3454375

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