(p. B4) Successful venture capitalism is about managing risk, so partners at most VC firms invest in businesses they think will become viable, or at least worthy of an acquisition, in the shortest time possible.
That doesn’t leave much appetite among VCs for startups working on ambitious, long-shot projects, the sort that require basic research, and that’s a shame.
For the full commentary, see:
CHRISTOPHER MIMS. “KEYWORDS; Our Last Great Hope: Venture Capital.” The Wall Street Journal (Tues., Oct. 21, 2014): B1 & B4.
(Note: italics in original.)
(Note: the online version of the commentary has the date Oct. 20, 2014, and the title “KEYWORDS; Humanity’s Last Great Hope: Venture Capitalists.”)