Top 20 Worst Venture Capital Investments

Published: 11/21/2007 10:49:47 AM

There are a few competing "top 20 worst VC investment lists" floating around the web, with differing views based on access to investment data.

I'm sure the VC community doesn't like to see this.  Why?  Very few VCs ever publish information about their failures, even though most of their investments failed.

I suppose there's ego involved and a desire to put your best foot forward as well as not wanting to embarrass your former portfolio company personnel.

I would like to see them publish the reasons why their companies failed.  For example, in the non-profit world, the Hewlett Foundation publishes these types of reports so that other foundations can learn what works and what doesn't.  It's a way of giving back and improving the world.

IF VCs are out to do good by doing well, they could help immensely by sharing the knowledge and experience they've gained the hard way.

Don Jones



Don Jones
CEO, VentureDeal

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