Trying to discover what holds back entrepreneurs, the commission last year examined insolvency regimes and found that many countries treat honest insolvent entrepreneurs more or less like fraudsters, though only a tiny fraction of bankruptcies involve any fraud at all.
In Germany people expect it to take six years to get a fresh start, according to the commission; in France they expect it to take nine (see chart 2).
In Germany bankrupts can face a lifetime ban on senior executive positions at big companies.
Mr Andreessen said he differentiated his decision to pursue investing from that of other entrepreneurs turned investors, because he approached it as an entrepreneurial effort to “rethink the model of venture capital. He has sought to reimagine the way a venture capital firm works from top to bottom, and so far, it appears to working quite spectacularly.. Still, to Mr Parker, most entrepreneurs who seek out investments do so as “a total cop out.
Institutional investors such as pension funds regard European venture capital as a bad asset class.
European venture capital firms lost money during 2000 10 after the bursting of the dotcom bubble.
The total money invested in European venture capital halved from €8.2 billion in 2007 to €4.1 billion last year.
Some people argue that if there were enough ambitious entrepreneurs with brilliant ideas in Europe, the money would come from America and elsewhere.
Entrepreneurs must laugh it off and surround themselves with people who encourage growth, success, and most importantly, FUN.
But investors who put money into very young firms tend to prefer operating in their own language and culture, so start ups depend mostly on backers from their own country.
For the third stage of funding, when firms are looking to raise up to €20m or so to build on what looks like success, American money is increasingly available—though since they depend on big hits to offset dozens of failures, American funds are still more likely to back entrepreneurs at home, where such things are known to happen, or in high growth emerging economies.
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