The Impact of Competition on Startup and VC Behavior
This paper examines the impact of competition on the behavior of both startups and VC firms and identifies a channel through which it occurs. Following an exogenous shock that increases competition, reputable VCs reduce the number and size of their investments, create smaller syndicates, and shrink the time between financing rounds. Also, high-quality startups become less likely to partner with reputable VCs, worsening their investment pool, depressing returns and hurting their incentive to invest and/or undertake costly screening. Notably, VCs with the highest reputation are crowded out the most.
Venture capital, reputation, competition, investor tax credit
SMU Cox: Finance (Topic)