Applying temporal network analysis to the venture capital market

  • Xin Zhang
  • Ling Feng
  • Rongqian Zhu
  • H. Eugene Stanley
Regular Article
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical issue: Temporal Network Theory and Applications

Abstract

Using complex network theory to study the investment relationships of venture capital firms has produced a number of significant results. However, previous studies have often neglected the temporal properties of those relationships, which in real-world scenarios play a pivotal role. Here we examine the time-evolving dynamics of venture capital investment in China by constructing temporal networks to represent (i) investment relationships between venture capital firms and portfolio companies and (ii) the syndication ties between venture capital investors. The evolution of the networks exhibits rich variations in centrality, connectivity and local topology. We demonstrate that a temporal network approach provides a dynamic and comprehensive analysis of real-world networks.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xin Zhang
    • 1
  • Ling Feng
    • 2
  • Rongqian Zhu
    • 1
  • H. Eugene Stanley
    • 3
  1. 1.College of Communication and TransportShanghai Maritime UniversityShanghaiP.R. China
  2. 2.Complex Systems Group, Institute of High Performance ComputingAgency for Science Technology and ResearchSingaporeSingapore
  3. 3.Center for Polymer Studies and Department of PhysicsBoston UniversityBostonUSA

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