Press Coverage

  • Reid Hoffman Cites Noam’s Research in a Recent Post
    Noam's Founder-CEO studies have made their way to Reid Hoffman's recent post, titled "If, Why, and How Founders Should Hire a “Professional” CEO." To Read More  
  • Brad Feld: FeldThoughts blogs a Review of The Founder’s Dilemmas
    “If you are a founder, or considering being a founder, a board member, or an investor, buy The Founder’s Dilemmas right now. One of your goals should be to do everything you can to maximize your chance of success. This book will help a lot and you won’t regret the time you invest in it.” To Read More
  • Eric Ries’ Startup Lessons Learned: Founder’s Dilemmas — Equity Splits
    "If you're starting a new company, you probably already know that a crazy variety of landmines await you. What if you had a map that showed exactly where they are and how to avoid them? Having seen these dilemmas derail countless startups, I wish every entrepreneur and prospective founder would read this book." To Read More
  • BostonInno: 5 Founder Lessons From a Decade of Data on Startups
    "If you work or plan to work in startups, you ought to pick up this book." Article includes a synopsis of The Founder's Dilemmas and select lessons from the book. To Read More
  • New York Journal of Books Reviews Founder’s Dilemmas
    "...the single-most indispensable guide for founders of startups. Comingling research, straight talk, and a human voice—so often lacking in books with an academic bent—Dilemmas totally rocks as a business school required read and a founder’s gripping, absolute must-read." To Read More
  • Forbes: HBS’s Noam Wasserman Brings Moneyball to Start-ups
    "It looks like Wasserman’s book is on track to take as lofty a position in the entrepreneurial literature as HBS’s Clayton Christensen’s The Innovator’s Dilemma did in the field of technological change." To Read More
  • Joel On Software (Blog of Joel Spolsky): The Founder’s Dilemmas
    "My friend Noam Wasserman at Harvard Business School has spent years researching startups. His work is great, because he actually does real, quantitative research on the kinds of things that everybody has opinions about." To Read More
  • Avoiding Founder Failure: 26 Quick Tips and Real Data
    Dharmesh Shah of OnStartups.com: List of 26 Tweet-able Tips for Founding a Startup (based on The Founder's Dilemmas) To Read More
  • Publisher’s Weekly: The Founder’s Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup
    A “seminal work on the startup phase of the entrepreneurial venture...[based on] a decade of research on common issues faced by founders.” An “illuminating and captivating read.” To read more
  • PEhub: HBS’s Noam Wasserman on Cofounders, Equity Splits, and Reality Distortion Fields
    Interview with Noam that captures some of the observations he made during the book’s writing, and lessons he hopes will help entrepreneurs avoid the pitfalls of their predecessors. To read more

Latest Column

  • Google “Campus by the Book” Live Hangout
    Noam joined Guy Kawasaki and Keith Ferrazzi for a live Google Hangout that addressed a host of entrepreneurial questions. Watch it Here
  • The Economic Times: Start-ups fail because of people problems
    Noam addresses how to handle the most common founder-CEO dilemmas, and why at times, it's best for the founder to step away. To Read More
  • Stanford E-Corner: Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Lecture Series
    Highlights of Noam's presentation on Founder's Dilemmas for Stanford's ETL can be watched here  
  • WSJ: Live Chat: Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Start-Up
    Noam answers a variety of founding questions in this live exchange.  To Read More
  • Financial Times: The Case Study – When Founders Step Aside
    In this FT article, Noam presents the case of Wily Technologies, and the lessons we can learn from the founder's decision to give the reigns to a new CEO.  To Read More
  • The Free COO on Spreaker Radio with Donald Landwirth
    Noam takes a deep dive into The Founder's Dilemmas -- the book's lessons and underlying research --  in this interview with Donald Landwirth. Noam joins at 10:21. Click here to listen 
  • HuffingtonPost: Beware the Perils of Entrepreneurial Passion
    "Entrepreneurs are lauded for their passion, confidence, and optimism...However, as critical as these traits can be, left unchecked, they can lead to a founder's very demise."  To Read More  
  • CBIA Business Minute – “The Founder’s Dilemmas”
    In this series of one-minute sound bites, Noam offers ways to avoid founding pitfalls . Click here to listen.
  • NYT: A Harvard Professor Analyzes Why Start-Ups Fail
    In this interview with the New York Times, Noam sheds light on "the common catastrophes that doom young ventures." To Read More
  • Financial Times Live Web Panel
    In this virtual panel, Noam answers FT readers’ questions on entrepreneurship. To Read More
  • WGBH Boston: Radio Interview with Noam
    Noam addresses what it takes to create and sustain an innovative business in this interview. Noam is joined by author Scott Anthony. To listen
  • Bloomberg/BusinessWeek: ‘People Problems’ Sink Most Startups
    Q & A with Noam about many topics explored in The Founder's Dilemmas. To Read More
  • WBEZ Chicago: Radio Interview with Noam
    Noam tackles many CEO-dilemmas in this conversation with Steve Edwards of WBEZ's Afternoon Show. Noam's clip (15:15) is preceded by a related discussion of Groupon with author Frank Sennett. To Listen
  • Fear vs. Greed at Facebook; by: Noam Wasserman for Inc.
    Mark Zuckerberg and his executive team have been extremely successful at retaining equity in their company. But how well do most other founders do? Noam takes a look in this Inc. article To Read More
  • Avoiding The BlackBerry Blues: Know When To Fire Yourself; by: Noam Wasserman for Forbes
    Noam discusses how early strengths can become Achilles’ heels if a founder is not aware of the downsides of passion and attachment. Why and when should a founder fire himself or herself? To Read More