Why Networks Matter Pairing Entrepreneurs and Investors - Ben Hallen

In Chapter 21 of 21 in his 2011 Capture Your Flag interview with host Erik Michielsen, business school professor Ben Hallen answers "Why are Networks So Important for Pairing Entrepreneurs With Investors?" Hallen notes networks act as information pipes. When seeking investment, entrepreneur networks signal to investors who commands attention. This addresses character issues and turns the focus to the business and the classic and more recently developed networks that impact fundraising. Hallen is an Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at London Business School. Previously, he was Assistant Professor of Management and Organization at University of Maryland. Hallen earned his PhD from Stanford University and its Stanford Technology Venture Program (STVP). He has been a startup CTO and graduated from the University of Virginia with a BS in Electrical Engineering and a Masters in Computer Science.