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Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Josh Lerner

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CHAPTER 8

THE SPECIAL CHALLENGES OF SOVEREIGN FUNDS

Perhaps the most dramatic setting where governments have struggled with the challenges of being venture capitalists has been sovereign wealth funds. These funds, owned by a state that invests in various financial assets, represent in some sense the ultimate challenge in governmental support of entrepreneurship. In addition to the obstacles that all public efforts to boost entrepreneurship face, the size, demands for visibility, and complex mission of sovereign wealth funds are daunting.

This chapter will review the many issues these new investors encounter. After an overview of these complex institutions, we’ll discuss both the similarities to other public venture programs and the additional ...

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