>Most inventions are discovered simultaneously or nearly so, based on the natural progression of science and the technical arts.
There is also a factor pertaining to the VOLUME of people involved. If the field in question has 7 people working in it, it is far less likely that any invention will be "discovered simultaneously" than if there are 1E6 people in the field. 1.00001^(population) as an example.
> Every investor wants you to maximize opportunities at your disposal
Wall street wants to capitalize on your balance sheet. Ideas/Intellectual property seldom enters the equation. Witness Nikolai Tesla.
>More important to a company than inventions are their employees, who create those inventions
As someone working at a startup in search of funding, patents help, but Angel/VC investing is about what the investors believe the risk vs. potential return is. A 1% return at huge risk will NEVER get funded. Yes, it is important for key employees to have a strong track record of delivering, but the big issue is risk/return.