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Some VCs focus on investing in particular industry sectors, or geographies, or stages of a company's life. Some may restrict their investments to local businesses. Some will fund early-stage companies, but others may only entertain investments in what are known as expansion-stage and later-stage companies. The definition of an early-stage business can vary widely and is not easily defined in terms of revenues. If, for example, it is a service business or software company, it may not require a lot of investment for the company to achieve positive cash flows. At the other extreme, a life sciences business, which involves substantial research and regulatory approval, may be years from any real revenues and will need significant funding along the way.
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