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Title: Unleashing Innovation
Originating Office: IAS
Speaker: Tian, Xuan
Issue Date: 4-Dec-2014
Event Date: 4-Dec-2014
Group/Series/Folder: Record Group 8.15 - Institute for Advanced Study
Series 3 - Audio-visual Materials
Location: 8.15:3 EF
Notes: IAS Conference on Entrepreneurship and Finance. Talk no.6
Title from event program.
'IAS Conference on Entrepreneurship and Finance, paper presentation II.'
IAS Conference on Entrepreneurship and Finance, held 4 Dec., 2014, at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Sponsor, HKUST Jockey Club Institute for Advanced Study, and co-sponsor by Center for Asian Financial Markets, Department of Finance, HKUST.
Abstract: Using a sample of venture capital (VC)-backed initial public offering (IPO) firms, we study the effect of financial intermediaries' tight leash on entrepreneurs' innovation productivity. We find that financial intermediaries' tight leash impedes innovation: IPO firms are significantly less innovative when VCs interfere with their development more frequently through staging--as measured by a larger number of VC financing rounds. To establish causality, we exploit plausibly exogenous variation in the frequency of direct flights between VC domiciles and IPO firm headquarters that are due to airline restructuring. Our identification tests suggest a negative, causal effect of VC staging on firm innovation. Furthermore, staging is more detrimental to innovation when innovation is more difficult to achieve and when VCs are less experienced with the industry in which their entrepreneurial firms operate. By documenting a previously underrecognized adverse consequence of VC stage financing, our evidence suggests that contract mechanisms are at play so that short-termist incentives can be cultivated even in a private equity market populated with long-term, sophisticated investors.
Duration: 34 min.
Appears in Series:8.15:3 - Audio-visual Materials
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