Well, it took 1 year, 2 months and 23 days, but I finally finished my PhD fieldwork. Here are some stats.
109 interviews, that’s 80 entrepreneurs, 13 economic development officials, 4 angel investors, 7 bankers and 7 venture capitalists.
Average length of interview: 40 minutes and 23 seconds.
Total tape collected: 69 hours and 40 minutes.
Shortest interview: 20 minutes, 35 seconds.
Longest interview: 78 minutes, 6 seconds
Interviews delayed due to earthquake – 1 (I didn’t feel it, but they evacuated the building)
Now I’ve got till next May to go through all of this and write a dissertation, before they stop paying me.