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“How Venture Capitalists Evaluate Potential Venture Opportunities” Summary

This article describes a set of interviews with four Silicon Valley financial venture organizations regarding the framework they employ when evaluating potential opportunities. The participating firms include Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield, and Byers (KPCB), Menlo Ventures, Trinity Ventures, and Alta Partners, all of which have made substantial contributions to keystone organizations throughout the industries of technology and science, among others. Each business responded to several questions of a similar nature covering themes such as the assessment of business models, due diligence, financial analysis, decision processes, the role of risk, and the utility of exit routes.