September 01, 2009
Debt is Sexy
Posted by Darian Ibrahim

Thanks to Gordon for his nice words about my new paper on venture debt, and for his great help whipping it into present form (a new version just went up on SSRN). When I started the paper, I remember a friend warning me that “debt is not sexy.” Worse, the financial crisis has given debt a bad rap. Yes, consumers may take on too much debt, but don’t believe all the naysayers. Debt is awesome. It is extremely important in financial markets. Even in the start-up world my paper explores, where equity from angel investors and venture capitalists dominates, the use of debt makes for a fascinating story. Start-up companies have no track records, no positive cash flows, no tangible collateral, and no personal guarantees from entrepreneurs, yet are able to attract billions of dollars in loans each year. How is that possible? Read the paper to find out. Long live debt!

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