A Harvard Business School lecturer told the Wall Street Journal earlier this year venture capitalists "bury their dead quietly."
He was talking about the large numbers of their investments that fail - up to three-quarters of all venture-backed start-ups, according to his research.
Needless to say, the courtship phase between entrepreneur and investor is far more lively. Take this week, filled as it is with events bringing idea people together with money men. (With few exceptions, they're almost all money men).
On Tuesday, FundingPost, an investment networking firm, will hold a "connector event" to bring together local start-ups in need of capital and investors looking to put some money to work. Robin Hood Ventures and Investor's Circle, both local angel investor networks, as well as several venture funds, will be among the speakers.
At FundingPost events, entrepreneurs pay at least $75 to pitch, and investors and business-services professionals pay $85 to listen. This event will be held at Benjamin's Desk, a shared-office/co-working space at 1701 Walnut St., from 2 to 6 p.m.
Business accelerator DreamIt Ventures will hold "Demo Day" for its 2012 Philadelphia class of 15 Web- or mobile-focused firms at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday. Sorry, but Demo Day is by invitation only.
Finally, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania will hold a briefing for information-technology firms seeking investment from the state-funded program at its offices in the Navy Yard from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday.
Not an IT firm? Energy and physical-sciences entrepreneurs can attend a Ben Franklin briefing at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Dec. 11.
Life-sciences start-ups looking for funding can register for a briefing at the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center of Bucks County in Doylestown from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 13.
To register to attend a Ben Franklin program, go to: http://bit.ly/U33Xxg