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I suspect capital gains cuts did help. Founders are influenced by colleagues who've done startups, and what they see is the after-tax returns. And certainly big investors are influenced by tax rates on each class of investment.

This is anecdotal, but I've never heard someone say they would or wouldn't start a company because of the after-tax returns.

Cuban talks about this point here:


Of course not. After-tax returns influence them indirectly. Fellow grad student goes to work for a startup, ends up with a house vs merely a nice car.

Oh I guess I was thinking of the founders, not the employees.

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