Looks at various international expansion models for a venture capital firm in Silicon Valley. Lightspeed Venture Partners believed that India had a huge potential for venture capital returns – the question was how best to tap into this potential and at the same time growing the firm’s presence in the United States, Israel and China. The venture capital firm had recently engaged partners in Israel and China and subsequently opened offices in both countries. The company was considering hiring a third international p … Read more »

Looks at various international expansion models for a venture capital firm in Silicon Valley. Lightspeed Venture Partners believed that India had a huge potential for venture capital returns – the question was how best to tap into this potential and at the same time growing the firm’s presence in the United States, Israel and China. The venture capital firm had recently engaged partners in Israel and China and subsequently opened offices in both countries. The company was considering hiring a third international partners in India and possibly a third opening Foreign Office. This model seemed to work in the other two countries, but other U.S. venture companies in India were entering a more aggressive manner. Some venture companies have been buying local companies and money dedicated fund for India. Others were hiring a team of two or three local investors at once. Asked Lightspeed Partners, which was the best long-term solution for their company.
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Krishna G. Palepu
Source: Harvard Business School
24 pages.
Release Date: 08 August 2007. Prod #: 108010-PDF-ENG
Lightspeed Venture Partners – International expansion HBR case solution