Harvard Business School (HBS) professor Noam Wasserman is one of the writers and teachers who best captures the high stakes decisions that entrepreneurs face every day. His new book is called "The Founder's Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup." He teaches the "Founders Dilemma" course at HBS (it was so popular that it had a wait-list of 170 students last year), and maintains a blog called Founder Frustrations.
The book reads like a catalog of all of the choices that can either sink a start-up, or help it build momentum: choices around how to divide ownership among the founding team, who should serve on the board, and whether to take money from "friends and family" or professional investors. Wasserman has spent hours interviewing the founders of companies like Zipcar, Proteus Biomedical, Pandora, and Twitter, and he shares their experiences in the book, without sugar-coating them.
Noam Wasserman will be speaking at a forum presented by The Hartford in association with CBIA and the MetroHartford Alliance on June 15th. Ideas, Inspiration & Solutions for Entrepreneurs & Small Business is a half day program that starts at 7:45 a.m. at the Marriott Hartford Downtown and in addition to Noam Wasserman, you'll also have the opportunity to hear other business leaders and Special guest, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy. You'll also have plenty of opportunities to network with other businesses.
To find out more or to register for this event, visit CBIA's program page. I look forward to seeing you at the event.
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