Today venture capital professionals and
their portfolio companies are located throughout the world.
Unlike other financial
intermediaries, venture capital professionals add value to their investments by
actively participating in the management of their portfolio companies. They
function in a dual capacity as financial partner and strategic adviser,
providing the entrepreneur risk capital to fund the venture's growth and expert
business counsel to ensure the enterprise's survival and competitive positioning
in the marketplace.
Venture capital professionals
come from all walks of life: former corporate managers, CEOs, investment consultants,
entrepreneurs who have
launched ventures of their own.
These individuals provide an
important source of expertise for the emerging companies they finance. They know
individuals in banks and brokerage firms, attorneys, accountants, and others
needed to help new companies succeed.
balance of talents in
the close relationship between
entrepreneur and venture capital professional has
been a crucial element in the success of emerging ventures.