Summary of The Founder's Dilemmas
Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup
If you want your business start-up to fly, not flop, read this book before takeoff.
Most people admire self-made men and women – the Bill Gateses and Anita Roddicks who establish successful companies and reap a multitude of rewards. However, the path to start-up success is fraught with roadblocks, detours, washouts and dead ends. Harvard Business School professor Noam Wasserman identifies the common “founder’s dilemmas” and details their short- and long-term consequences. More specifically, he exposes the tacit tension that exists between creating wealth and maintaining control. This isn’t a quick read; it’s an in-depth, intelligent analysis based on 10 years of extensive research. At times, you may find yourself wishing for a bullet-point list. Yet getAbstract encourages would-be founders, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists to keep reading: You’ll find Wasserman’s insights and solutions well worth your time – and they may make the difference between your start-up’s success or failure.
In this summary, you will learn
- What common issues confront start-up founders
- How decisions at critical junctures can affect your business’s new direction
- How to balance retaining control with building wealth through your venture
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