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Subject category: Entrepreneurship
Published by:
Harvard Business Publishing (2004)
Version:
1 December 2004
Length:
19 pages
Data source:
Field research

Abstract

Four venture capitalists from leading Silicon Valley firms are interviewed about the frameworks they use to evaluate potential venture opportunities. Questions include: How do you evaluate the venture's prospective business model? What due diligence do you conduct? What is the process through which funding decisions are made? What financial analyses do you perform? What role does risk play in your evaluation? How do you think about a potential exit route? Russell Siegelman, partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers; Sonja Hoel, managing director at Menlo Ventures; Fred Wang, general partner at Trinity Ventures; and Robert Simon, director at Alta Partners, are interviewed.

Teaching and learning

This item is suitable for postgraduate and executive education courses.

Topics

Financial analysis; Entrepreneurship; Entrepreneurial finance; Risk assessment; Interviews; Business models; Decision making; Business analysis

Setting

The events covered by this item took place in 2004.

Geographical setting

Region:
Americas
Country:
United States
Location:
Silicon Valley

Featured companies

Company name:
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Industry:
Venture capital
Company name:
Menlo Ventures
Industry:
Venture capital
Company name:
Trinity Ventures
Industry:
Venture capital
Company name:
Alta Partners
Industry:
Venture capital

Featured protagonists

  • Russ Siegelman (female), Partner
  • Sonja Hoel (female), Managing Director
  • Fred Wang (male), General Partner
  • Robert Simon (male), Director

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