Reputation and Opportunistic Behavior in the VC Industry — The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance

Entrepreneur and startups need-to-know study on venture capitalist (VC).

Excerpt: … we use a hand-collected database of lawsuits filed against U.S. venture capitalists (VCs) to examine the role of reputation in limiting opportunism in the VC industry. The lawsuits in our sample serve as a proxy for alleged opportunistic behavior by the defendant VCs. Based on the lawsuit plaintiff, we further identify whether the defendant VCs allegedly behaved opportunistically against founders, limited partners, other VCs, buyers of VC-backed startups, or other parties (angels, creditors, employees, etc.).

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