Venture Capital: Not A Love Story

Too often, entrepreneurs who join financiers in marriages of convenience are headed for heartbreak

The dream wasn't supposed to end like this. Three years after founding Athena Design Systems Inc. in a creaky old customs house on Boston Harbor, Mary F. Howard had to return to her original backers for crucial new product financing. Brynwood Partners II LP offered loans--but only if Howard secured them with the rights to two patents, her most valuable assets.

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