Early stage Venture Capital investing: Comparing California and Scandinavia
Journal article, 2011

While venture capital has become a global phenomenon, our knowledge about regional differences in VC behavior is quite poor. Most cross-regional comparisons have been quantitative replications of US based studies, which has made it difficult to discern qualitative differences. To help remedy this situation, we conducted semi-structured open interviews with altogether twelve early stage VCs in California and Scandinavia. The results, which are presented in some detail, reveal substantial differences in VC activities and priorities during deal flow generation, investment, post investment involvement, and exit. Taking a cue from these specific findings, we conclude by suggesting that VCs can be conceived of as fulfilling three ideal typical roles as Investors, Coaches and Partners. Since they imply quite different modes of engaging with portfolio companies, it is also suggested that these roles “ while based on a limited sample “ may be useful for discriminating between VCs also in other settings.

venture capital

cross-regional comparison





Henrik Berglund

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Innovation and R&D Management

Venture Capital

1369-1066 (ISSN) 1464-5343 (eISSN)

Vol. 13 2 119-145

Driving Forces

Innovation and entrepreneurship

Subject Categories

Economics and Business

Business Administration

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