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Kupor discusses the information asymmetry between entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. In his book, he provides the road map for everything a start up needs to understand the nature of venture capital. We discuss the advantages that accrue to a start up founder who knows how to successfully navigate the perils and pitfalls of the entire capital raising process.
He also discusses why Y Combinator and other seed funds was such a game changer for start ups. They educated entrepreneurs about the process form what was formerly a black box to something more accessible. The change to the information asymmetry altered the deal funnel
gate keeper relation that was previously controlled by a handful of connected VCs. These changes were quite significant: Since 2005, Y Combinator has funded over 2,000 startups, with 4,000 founders, that combine for a valuation of over $100B.
Overall, the influence of venture capital on the American economy cannot be overstated: he notes that Venture backed companies now spend 44% of the entire R&D budget for public companies, and that the 656 publicly traded firms that were VC backed are 20% of the total market capitalization of public firms.
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