Industry participants and observers view venture capital as fundamentally a local business. However, recent data show an increasing share of US venture capital investments flowing overseas. We suggest that cross-border venture capital flows are associated with the formation of transnational technical communities (TTCs), groups of immigrants active in both home- and host-country technical networks. Our results highlight the role of human networks as a mechanism of industry globalization, and support the view that TTCs are emerging economic actors in their own right.
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