Corporations are an unlikely source for venture funds

01/5/2010 | Bloomberg Businessweek

Entrepreneurs should not expect large corporations to play a major role in investing in new technology firms, writes Scott Shane, professor of entrepreneurial studies at Case Western Reserve University. Although large corporations invested in smaller technology companies during the dot-com boom, they generally shun those types of investments as a way to deal with technological change. If a corporation invested in a startup, it could find the startup's disruptive technologies at odds with its own well-being, and if the startup succeeds, selling it for profit could mean handing it over to a competitor.

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