Over time, in private markets where information can be scarce, there can be a tendency for logical assumptions to become accepted dogma. Only by subjecting such assumptions to empirical scrutiny can industry practitioners gain a fully substantiated picture of the market. This edition of FrontLine uses Pevara data to assess the hypothesis that longer holding periods among venture capital funds in Europe and the US equate to lower returns. While the analysis finds some truth in this, the data shows that reality is, as ever, not quite so straight forward.

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