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Venture capital financing is characterized by extensive use of convertible securities and stage financing. In a model where an entrepreneur obtains funding for a project from a venture capitalist, we illustrate an advantage of convertible debt over a mixture of debt and equity in stage financing situations. Essentially, when the venture capitalist retains the option to abandon the project, the entrepreneur has an incentive to engage in window dressing and bias positively the short-termdoi:10.1111/1467-937x.00235 fatcat:zrnguh7bavh5vizrft34xdbfz4