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Understanding venture capitalists ethnographically – investment decisions and value-add

VCs – equity investors in new companies – are understood to have a crucial impact on the commercialisation of technological innovation and new economic actors. Building on earlier work in economics, I want to understand how exactly early stage venture capitalists make investment decisions and add value to the companies they invest in by conducting ethnographic fieldwork in San Francisco and New York. By adding both an anthropological and a comparative perspective – between Europe (DE, UK) where I have already conducted fieldwork with 70+ VC partners and the US – I will provide detailed cases to fill the gaps left open by many quantitative approaches.

PI: Johannes Felix Lenhard (Social Anthropology / Max Cam)

Project Period: February 2019 - October 2019

Project Update - August 2019

 

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