Case | HBS Case Collection | February 2002 (Revised March 2002)

Battery Ventures

by Josh Lerner, G. Felda Hardymon, Ann Leamon, Nitin Gupta and Sameer Bharadwaj

Abstract

Todd Dagres, general partner of Battery Ventures, reflects on his firm's organization and it's effectiveness in one particular deal. One of the perennial challenges of venture capital is the scaling of the firm. Usually regarded as a craft industry, venture firms tend to have fewer than ten deal-makers. Battery has undertaken a particular approach to this problem, instituting a career path that begins at a very low level, progressing to general partner. Examining Battery making a deal demonstrates the advantages and disadvantages of this structure.

Keywords: Venture Capital; Measurement and Metrics; Performance Effectiveness; Organizational Structure; Financial Services Industry;

Citation:

Lerner, Josh, G. Felda Hardymon, Ann Leamon, Nitin Gupta, and Sameer Bharadwaj. "Battery Ventures." Harvard Business School Case 802-159, February 2002. (Revised March 2002.)