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July 09, 2009

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Bob Scarborough

I've heard this concern expressed concerning timeframes - that it takes 8 or more years to have an investment exit - but that VC funds last 10 years. The old model was to invest the first three years - and to nurture and harvest over the last 7. If your exit strategies take 8 or more years you are investing for one - and nurturing for the rest of the time hoping for a late harvest.

The Valley VC model differs from the models used in much of the rest of the world related to timeframe. Maybe the answer are:
1) More patience - longer term horizons - smaller investments, or?
2) Investing in companies at a more mature stage, or?
3) Or planning your exit strategy at the time you make your investment?

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