Generally speaking, early-stage investors should expect to hold their investments for 5+ years prior to a liquidation event (e.g., an acquisition, IPO, listing on a public exchange, or the development of another secondary market). Early-stage investing is inherently risky and there is no guarantee that investors will realize a return on their investments (in fact, they may realize a complete loss of capital). Investors should seek to mitigate the risk inherent in any single startup investment by building a diversified startup investment portfolio of 10+ startups over time.

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