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Upping Your Game in the Board Room: A Review of Startup Boards

Four years ago, at a panel discussion for my Founders’ Dilemmas course that featured a handful of experienced serial entrepreneurs, one of the questions raised by a student was, “What’s the most important piece of advice you’ve ever gotten from

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Read Startup Life!

A review of Brad Feld and Amy Batchelor’s Startup Life                 Halfway through Startup Life, married couple Brad Feld and Amy Batchelor suggest that, “Being in a relationship with an entrepreneur is hard,

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Founder Cases in the News: Evan Williams (Twitter) and Apple

One of this week’s more intriguing (and controversial) rumors in the IT industry was about Apple’s possible interest in acquiring Twitter. I was planning to use my next blog-post to give an overview of my new MBA course (“Founders’ Dilemmas:

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“Administrivia” Corner: This Blog is Now Email-enabled

For those who prefer to receive new posts via email, I have integrated email subscriptions into this blog. Just enter your email address into the field in the right-side column to be emailed each new post. My one request to

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Looking for (Movie) Suggestions: Your Favorite Founder Scenes?

On Friday in class, we showed — and discussed — a documentary about life inside a start-up. The movie, “Startup.com,” focuses on the birth and evolution of govWorks.com. In class, we showed scenes that focused on: How the founders’ relationships

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A Look Back, A Look Forward … and a Request

Thank you to everyone who has played a role in building the dialogue within this blog over the last 14 months! I’ve really enjoyed reading your observations and experiences regarding the most critical issues and choices faced by founders and

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Upcoming Posts: Summer 2006

Here’s a preview of some upcoming posts to this blog: “Rich versus King” paper, short version — My “Rich vs. King” paper (past postings: core concept and charts and discussion) was recently selected for the Best Paper Proceedings of this

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Back Online!

We wrapped up our semester last week, so I’ll now have more time to crunch numbers, write and revise papers and cases … and, hopefully, do some blogging! Thank you to everyone who either posted comments or emailed me over

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Upcoming Keynote: October 12th in Boston

I will be giving a keynote presentation at the “Emerging Ventures” conference in a couple of weeks. Title: “Founder Frustrations” (surprised?). Love to hear from anyone who attends. Feel free to post comments on the talk (or, if posting isn’t

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Preview of Upcoming Posts

In addition to the studies described in posts below, my other Founder Frustration research includes the following studies: Building a Board – In new ventures, do CEO characteristics (prior years of work experience, functional background, founder status) and equity holdings

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