The Influence of Entrepreneurial Experience

Recent studies have shown the equity sources view experienced entrepreneurs more favorably than those with little or no experience (Kim, Clelland, & Bach, 2010; Zaleski, 2011). Read, Dew, Sarasvathy, Song, and Wiltbank (2009) found experienced entrepreneurs can dispel risk more efficiently through small trial and error steps unlike less experienced entrepreneurs. Trevelyan (2011) found experienced entrepreneurs balance promoting innovations with preventive thinking improving their chances of success.

The perceived influence of entrepreneurial experience helps entrepreneurs raise capital. Investors view entrepreneurs with experience as more adept at planning and managing. Investors view firms that first tap internal funding before seeking external financing more desirable and better equipped to deal with external capital (Myers, 1984). Experienced entrepreneurs showing they can manage their own money gain confidence of outside investors.

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Kim, J.-N., Clelland, I., & Bach, S. (2010). Entrepreneurs as parallel processors: An examination of a cognitive model of new venture opportunity evaluation. Academy of Entrepreneurship Journal, 16(2), 57(29).

Myers, S. (1984). The capital structure puzzle. The Journal of Finance, 39(3), 575-592.

Read, S., Dew, N., Sarasvathy, S. D., Song, M., & Wiltbank, R. (2009). Marketing under uncertainty: The logic of an effectual approach. Journal of Marketing, 73(3), 1-18. doi: 10.1509/jmkg. 73.3.1

Trevelyan, R. (2011). Self-regulation and effor in entrepreneurial tasks. International Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, 18(8), 966-984. doi: 10118/17410380710828280

Zaleski, P. A. (2011). Start-ups and external equity: The role of entrpreneurial experience. Business Economics, 46(1), 42-50.

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