Defensibility Through Regulatory Constraints

Accel Partners
Prosper Marketplace

Larsen and Jim Breyer, Managing Partner at Accel Partners, stress the value of having approval in a regulated industry. This provides an excellent barrier to entry and is very attractive to VCs. Larsen draws on his experience from E-Loan and Prosper in suggesting that while it is cumbersome, if an idea is in the interest of the consumer, it is not difficult to obtain approval.