If you take out the smaller startup ecosystems then London would rank third behind Silicon Valley and New York.
As the amount of expenses increases, the willingness of the investor to reimburse for any of them decreases.
Many people equate spending on R&D with investing in innovation. The logic goes that R&D spending is lab spending, and out of labs come innovations.
Factors like quality of founders, uniqueness of the product or service, market size, unit economics, current traction, risk factors, etc., are part of the evaluation framework necessary to analyse this.
The right time to begin a conversation with an M&A advisor is not when you are finally ready to go to market, but well in advance.
Microsoft has played "bet the company" on its Windows 8 launch, updated office suite and accompanied Surface tablet.
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