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Surprising reasons owners exit family businesses
Only about a third of family businesses make it to a second generation beyond the founder.  Conventional wisdom says that these firms falter because the owners didn’t have a succession Read More...
Founderitis: A Silent Killer of Startups
It is well-known that only a small fraction of startups achieve long-lasting success. They often fail not because their idea is poor but because of problems executing on their idea. One area that is Read More...
When Do Scientists Commercialize Their Inventions? Insights From the Theory of Planned Behavior
What would you like to see in the future? Some common answers to this question might include a cure for cancer or other chronic diseases, or technologies that can help feed the world in ways that are Read More...
Technical Specialized Knowledge and Founder Leadership at Initial Public Offering
In 2003 Noam Wasserman introduced the term “Paradox of Success” to describe how software company founders were more likely to be replaced as their startups attracted more capital or went Read More...
Being Female Affects Business Loans from Family and Friends
It’s been said (ruefully) that Ginger Rogers had to perform the same dance moves as Fred Astaire, only backwards and in high heels. Unfortunately, this also holds true for women seeking Read More...
College Nannies & Tutors: Franchise Business Models
Joe Keeley, founder of College Nannies and Tutors (CNT), hung up the phone. Another insurance company had declined to underwrite the coverage he needed for CNT to expand; he had contacted over forty Read More...
The Theory of Disruptive Innovation: Science or Allegory?
“Every age has a theory about the past and the present, of what was and what is, a notion of time: a theory of history…Our era has disruption… [1] ” – Jill Lepore, David Woods Kemper ’41 Read More...
Will Music Schools Embrace Multimedia Software?
"If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There's no point in being a damn fool about it." - W.C. Fields In the fall of 2010, Dejen Tesfiagiorgis sat in his tiny incubator office on Read More...
Research Insight: Proven Entrepreneurs May Benefit Less from Partnering With Experienced VCs
In 2000, the New England Patriots football team chose University of Michigan quarterback Tom Brady in the sixth round of the draft. He became the starting quarterback barely two years later, and on Read More...
How Crisis Spurred Healthcare Innovation in Cuba
Health care is a hotly debated topic in the US -- how it's delivered, whether the government or employers pay for it, how research on promising new drugs is funded and other issues. "Innovation" is Read More...

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