The Sharpe Ratio Paradox: Why Still Invest In Venture Capital?

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Sharpe ratio is a way of quantifying returns based on risk, specifically it is the average return earned in excess of the risk-free rate per unit of volatility or total risk.There are some limitations, for instance slightly different distributions of returns for a portfolio give quite different Sharpe ratios. But overall it’s a widely accepted metric. Over the past 25 years, the average annual Sharpe ratio for the S&P 500 has been 1 and it is often taken as the baseline for judging different asset classes. Anything lower than 1 is considered a bad investment since you could just put…...

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Amit Garg I have been in Silicon Valley for 20 years -- at Samsung NEXT Ventures, running my own startup (as of May 2019 a series D that has raised $120M and valued at $450M), at Norwest Ventures, and doing product and analytics at Google. My academic training is BS in computer science and MS in biomedical informatics, both from Stanford, and MBA from Harvard. I speak natively 3 languages, live carbon-neutral, am a 70.3 Ironman finisher, and have built a hospital in rural India serving 100,000 people.