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white space investment

Inventors can make great entrepreneurs, but this is not necessarily the case. For every James Dyson, turning a bagless vacuum cleaner into a multinational business, there is a Johannes Gutenberg, the pioneering 15th-century printer who changed the world of communication forever but died in poverty.

This does not stop angel investors and venture capitalist firms trawling the planet for original ideas. The venture capitalists of Silicon Valley have a phrase for this type of investment: “white...