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Disadvantages of Venture Capital - Mitch Kapor (Foxmarks)
Date: 1/16/2008
Length: 2 minutes
Speaker(s): Mitch Kapor
Sources: Stanford Technology Ventures Program
Description: While entrepreneur and former Lotus 1-2-3 founder Mitch Kapor understands how selling finance can boost a burgeoning enterprise, his experience has also acquainted him with some of the disadvantages - mainly accountability and a
forced schedule of progress. Here, Kapor outlines some of the many alternatives to the traditional VC paradigm, including self-financing and angel funding.

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