Misperceptions about private equity can prevent an entrepreneur from making a rational decision about taking on outside investors. There are five common misperceptions and I am going to spend the next week discussing why entrepreneurs should be wary of them.
As venture capital and private equity continue to make news headlines, entrepreneurs may find it challenging to distinguish fact from fiction.
- Do investors win at the expense of entrepreneurs? Are investors out to wrest control from management?
- Is an investor's sole focus on the final liquidity event?
Without question, misperceptions can prevent an entrepreneur from making rational, fact-based decisions. During my 20 years working with business owners, I have come to identify what I call "The Five Myths of Private Equity."
Jacoline Loewen is the author of Money Magnet: How to Attract Investors to Your Business and her book can be found at http://www.moneymagnetbook.ca