Understanding VC Networks

Research & Ideas
Understanding VC Networks

Published: December 4, 2006
Author: Julia Hanna

Most of us have experienced the power of networks. There’s the job found through a friend’s sister’s boyfriend, or the lifelong partner met through a neighbor’s cousin.

But how do networks play into business—particularly the relationship-rich industry of venture capital?

New this year to the HBS faculty, Toby Stuart studies networks and how they enable or impede certain organizational and entrepreneurial behaviors. In a working paper, “The Evolution of Venture Capital Investment Networks,” he and coauthor Olav Sorenson of University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management examine the effects of geographic distance and a “hot” IPO market on the formation of networks in the venture capital industry.

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