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The Archimedes Principle of Venture Capital

Ravi Belani, Stanford University

In explaining the driving force behind venture-scale growth, Stanford Department of Management Science and Engineering lecturer Ravi Belani invokes Archimedes famous quote: “Give me a lever long enough, and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.” The beauty of the venture-backed model for entrepreneurs who choose that route, he explains, is that it provides enough resources to fuel exponential rather than just linear growth, allowing entrepreneurs to solve really big problems.