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Finance: Did you know?

delhi Updated: May 21, 2008 19:03 IST

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Angel investor: These investors usually fund start-up ideas, when the business plan is still on paper.

Venture capitalist: They usually come in when the company has just begun and is just testing the markets with prototypes.

Private equity investors: These investors typically invest in more mature companies, when its operations have stabilised and are already generating good revenues and profits.

Unlike ordinary shareholders, all these investors have large stakes and can, and most often do, influence the running of companies in which they have invested.