Increased capital flows to a space with low transparency and distinctly limited opportunities can be the classic setup for a bubble. In venture capital, this is magnified by the boom-or-bust nature of the companies themselves.
Welcome to the inaugural Weekend Reads from India. Every few weeks, I'll endeavor to bring you a mix of the most important stories affecting local markets, the national discourse, and global sentiment about investing in India.
The market for IPOs, traditionally a useful barometer of the collective appetite of investors, suggests a slowdown is at hand in the United States.
When investment is about capital alone, entrepreneurs have better alternatives today in the form of choosing nimble business models or crowdfunding. Conventional, money-only venture capital could indeed be considered a Giffen good. However, by contributing intellectual firepower and entrepreneurial networks, venture capitalists can accelerate the growth of start-ups better than capital alone.