Venture Capital Fund Lifetimes

My previous post was about how it takes about a decade longer to exit in companies with venture capital investors.

That's much longer than most entrepreneurs and angel investors would guess.

Most VC funds are designed for ten year lifetimes. In actual practice, it takes significantly longer to actually exit the investments and shut down the typical IT VC fund.

The actual distribution of VC fund lifetimes is show in the graphic below.

VC Fund Lifetimes

The rest of this post explains why entrepreneurs often scare off angel investors by saying they are planning on a VC round.

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Basil Peters

Basil Peters

For the first half of my career I was an entrepreneurial CEO. More recently, I've been a hedge fund manager, venture capitalist and angel investor. This my personal website. It describes my background, has links to my other web sites and hosts the presentations from my recent speaking engagements. Technology Entrepreneur I have always been fascinated by technology. While I was still in... more

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