Professor Wright’s body of research on Venture Capital (VC) has advanced the field and has facilitated recent research on new sources of financing for start-ups such as crowdfunding and blockchain. In this article, inspired by Professor Wright’s pursuit in encouraging new directions in research, we first demonstrate, with an illustrative study on VC learning, that mixed methods research, which combines quantitative and qualitative data, can be helpful in VC research. We also present some possible mixed methods directions for future research. We conclude with a short and critical discussion on both methods and research practices. In doing so, we hope to stimulate scholars’ interest in these underutilised methods.
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We owe thanks to Mike Wright, Tom Vanacker, Paul Westhead and Peter Wirtz for their helpful and constructive comments on earlier versions of this paper. We are also indebted to Oliver Alexy, Nicola Breugst, Lowell Busenitz, Laura Cardinal, James Combs, Andrew Corbett, Dimo Dimov, Joachim Henkel, Peter Klein, Sophie Manigart, Sharon Matusik, Michael Mödl, José Molina‐Azorín, Jeremy Short, Anne Smith and Olav Sorenson, along with the participants of the Southern Management Association Annual Meeting and Paper Development Workshop 2015, and the research seminars at Ghent University, the Max‐Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Technische Universität München and Ludwig‐Maximilians‐Universität for their constructive comments. Lastly, this research was supported by a stipend from the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition and the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation.
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