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date: 16 February 2019

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This article reviews the activities undertaken by venture capitalists before the first dollar is invested. The unifying theme is information acquisition. Specifically, it reviews how venture capitalists elicit or produce information about the new venture, using their due diligence activities, network of professional contacts, and financial contracting choices.

Keywords: venture capitalists, information acquisition, information sharing, due diligence, financial contracting

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