The Founder's Dilemmas by Noam Wasserman

The Founder's Dilemmas

Often downplayed in the excitement of starting up a new business venture is one of the most important decisions entrepreneurs will face: should they go it alone, or bring in cofounders, hires, and investors to help build the business? More than just financial rewards are at stake. Friendships and relationships can suffer. Bad decisions at the inception of a promising venture lay the foundations for its eventual ruin. The Founder's Dilemmas is the...

Details The Founder's Dilemmas

TitleThe Founder's Dilemmas
Release DateMar 25th, 2012
PublisherPrinceton University Press
GenreBusiness, Entrepreneurship, Nonfiction, Leadership, Management, Buisness, Science, Technology, Economics, Audiobook, Reference

Reviews The Founder's Dilemmas

  • Brad Feld
    The Founder’s Dilemmas by Noam Wasserman is another book that belongs on every entrepreneur’s bookshelf. It’s excellent.I met Noam for the first time last week when I was at HBS. I was on a panel of VCs (me, Mike Maples Jr., Kate Mitchell, and David Frankel) talking to a room full of HBS alumni who are VCs. Noam and I had exchanged several emails over the past few months and he sent me a review copy of the book but it got lost in my infinit...
  • Carlos
    My expectation for The Founder's Dilemmas was pretty high as a result of having just read several of Professor Wasserman's publications, including "Stewards, Agents, and the Founder Discount: Executive Compensation in New Ventures."The book explores key decisions faced by startup founders throughout the life of a company ... from pre-founding, funding options, initial team and transitional hires, salary negotiations, board management, to exit. I ...
  • Herve
    The Founder’s Dilemmas – The Answer is “It depends!”The Founder’s Dilemmas is at the same time a fascinating and frustrating book. Fascinating because it’s providing very seldom seen (and mostly unknown) data about founders and high-tech start-ups. Frustrating because it is also seldom providing answers to the dilemmas founders may face. It took me the full reading of the book to finally understand that the answer Wasserman provides i...
  • Atila Iamarino
    Um ótimo apanhado do que startups passam nos primeiros anos. O autor trabalha em cima de um banco de dados de milhares de empreendedores e empresas entrevistados ao longo de anos, para chegar em um cenário bem explicado ao longo do livro. Quem cria uma empresa precisa se decidir desde o começo o que quer priorizar: controle ou lucro. Quanto mais priorizar continuar dono da empresa e ter controle sobre decisões, menos ela tende a valer a longo...
  • Athan Tolis
    “The Founder’s Dilemmas” comes recommended by relevant authors Brad Feld, Eric Ries and my former classmate Jeff Bussgang, all of whom really know what they are talking about.It’s rigged up as a parallel structure between serious statistical research and anecdotal stories that are meant to guide you, the entrepreneur, in the early decisions that stand to influence the future success of your business.So you get told “Evan next decided he...
  • Shannon
    If you are thinking about founding a business, or you are a founder of a business, I highly recommend checking if your library has this book. From Harvard Business School, Wasserman has studied the social and economic dilemmas and decisions of start-up founders for 10+ years, and in this book he gives us exquisite data on the results. Wasserman focuses on tech start-ups and businesses in the life sciences, but this book applies to all business fo...
  • Kenneth Kinyanjui
    This is one great book that I would recommend to anyone who is thinking of starting a venture or getting into a partnership to launch something. A big percentage why most companies or ventures fail is due to people issues according to Noam Wasserman, this book prepares you with the tools needed to overcome people issues that may arise.I enjoyed the many case studies presented in the book. I would also recommend if you are a founder already to get...
  • Tigran Mamikonian
    Quite instructive book about different stages of startup development with plenty of examples and statistical data.The central theme of the book is so called RICH or KING dilemma. Which refers to two basic types of founders - motivated to get profit (RICH), or motivated to control and creation (KING).Of course there is a middle point to which author refers as "Ideal entrepreneur".The book is longer than it could be, however I'd recommend it for re...
  • Oleksandr Golovatyi
    One of the best book for startup makers and persons who want to start working with startups. A lot of great examples are described in this book. For example, Twitter, FeedBurner, Odeo, Blogger and other successful startups histories. I read this book twice: in English and in Russian. (in English)-------------------------Одна из лучших книг для начинающих ИТ предпринимателей и тех, кто хоче...
  • Vadim Sviridovich
    В книге ученого из Гарварда представлены результаты научных исследований американских высоко-технологичных и биомедицинских стартапов. Подробно рассматриваются вопросы мотивации учредителей, анализа имеющихся и необходимых для создания ком...
  • El Zorro Azul
    La verdad es que yo no soy muy fan de los Business Books ya que considero que cada negocio es un mundo en si, y que no todas las cosas que leas en estos libros es aplicable a tu propio caso. Sin embargo, este libro es diferente. Me gustó mucho. Yo en este momento estoy en la mitad de mi primer Startup y habían cosas que ni siquiera había considerado que este libro me permitió darme cuenta que podrían resultar un mayor issue en el futuro.
  • Maisha Hoye
    I thought I would relate better to the stories but my dilemmas didn't really apply.
  • Rachel
    Good for people who, yet, don't know when and with whom to start a startup.
  • Cole Simmons
    Coming in to starting my own company, I figured there had to be right answers. A right way to do things. And if you did things just in that manner, your chances of success would be significantly higher.Boy was I wrong, and this book is what highlighted it. Compiled from the author's extensive research and data set of thousands of startups since the start of the millennium, he is able to draw conclusions about the dilemmas founders face, the possi...
  • Mihai Cozma
    Interesting but overrated. It is very specific to only a few startup types, it stretches statistics too much at times and, while its main idea is great and worth remembering, it could have been explained just as well in half the page number or even less.
  • Josh Steimle
    This is a great addition to data-driven literature that can truly help entrepreneurs. It covers basics every entrepreneur should be aware of, like the perils of setting things up the wrong way at the beginning. But rather than just being the pontifications of someone who has been there done that, it's real data, showing the probabilities of things working out well or poorly depending on choices made during the founding process. Along with Founder...
  • Pavel
    Very good book, easy to read given the topic. Mostly based on research, and where not, is clearly stated.The book covers a lot of grounds for startups from co-fouding, to hiring first people, getting investors, and selling the company. The book goes over the decisions founders will face and how they affect long term value or control of the company.I would not recommend an eBook. There were a lot of footnotes and end of book notes, some of which I...
  • Luke Kanies
    This is probably a great book for someone thinking of starting a company, but useless for someone who has. And even then, it should have had a lot more information. It presented problems, but very few useful tools for solving them.
  • Patrick
    Noam Wasserman evaluates all of the critical decisions (dilemmas) that founders of start-ups face. Some are more obvious than others, but they all have significant consequences that warrant thoughtful consideration. According to the author, all of these dilemmas boil down to a central dilemma: wealth vs. power. Founders can choose to prioritize the value created and pursue a rich outcome, or they can prioritize control over the company to pursue ...
  • Popoy Mindalano
    Everyone who intends to start a business undergoes a lot of confusions that sometimes hinders the progress of the intended start-up. These are called the Founder’s Dillemas and if you have already experienced it then this is the best book for you in order to deal with the inhibition proceeding and developing further.This book provides us with a guide on how to best found a start-up. If you are confused whether to start solo or as a team, just f...
  • Calvin Yuan
    If you are really thinking of starting a business, this book is a gold mine. As many other reviewers have said, Wasserman mostly talks about the dilemmas that many founders face and the respective outcomes of each choice under those circumstances. He does not offer any conclusive solutions to many of the issues being raised. This is mainly due to there isn't such a panacea to all of these difficulties. Nevertheless, Wasserman's research is sound ...
  • Lee Pei Yit
    If you are looking for a comprehensive guide to being a founder, this book is NOT it. The author removes the day-to-day decision making and industry-specific decisions in favor of more general, long term but high impact decisions that tend to be neglected. This makes the book sound bland, since the drama and epicness of being a founder are surgically removed, but I would recommend any serious founder-to-be to take a good look at this book prior t...
  • Vasiliy Sikorskiy
    На мой взгляд, это заметки Капитана очевидности. Выводы наподобие: исследовав большой массив данных я обнаружил, что большее число учредителей в стартапе влечет сложность в коммуникациях внутри команды, но больше связей и возможностей для привл...
  • Ahmed Shahrour
    Absolutely deserved the 5 star rating. This book delves into three chapters where it begins with Founding Team Dilemmas (should you found alone, equity splits, etc.) and ends with Hires and Investors (Which hires to get onboard and which investor would best suit your goals). This is a perfect solution to the trial and error you'd have to go through to figure this information out. In addition, the author references so many research articles it's u...
  • Filothea
    A book which answers very well some questions entrepreneurs may have at the beginning of their journey. It is great to read it then to better understand the consequences of some early decisions on the later stages of a business. I liked the examples backing up suggested resolutions - even though I felt they were very repetitive throughout. For a book talking about beginners' pitfalls however, I felt it ignored one of the most basic advice anyone ...
  • Todd Benschneider
    Good read, in depth analysis, valuable insight for understanding successful teams in entrepreneurship. The average consumer will probably be turned off by the uneeded academic vocabaulary used throughout the book. Many conclusions drawn from statistical data sets but the book will probably be well received in scholarly peer reviews. Book should have a disclaimer on the cover that you will need a GMAT verbal score in the top 5th percentile to comp...
  • Eric
    An interesting book to induce thinking about founding a company.The quantitative analysis is interesting and quite to the point. It becomes tedious to read after some point, but the book is short enough to complete before getting to dull with quant talks.I appreciate and recommend reading the conclusion as an excellent summary of the whole book. The conclusion also scopes the book very well (North America, high-tech and life science domains), wit...
  • Rich Maloy
    I had the pleasure of seeing Noam speak at Techstars in Boulder, and I was deeply impressed by his research. If you are in the startup world, this is a must-read. Forget the link-bait articles and the CB Insights surveys that all say the same shit. The Founder's Dilemmas is based absolutely massive research, over many years. He's done this work not to get you to pay for a subscription, but to help founders understand the pitfalls of others in the...
  • Yc Liao
    Nice researches based on many cases in such a hard topic "Entrepreneurship". There are useful warnings in the book for business founders, though it more for a bigger corporation not the small business in my opinion. Not everyone will face the same issues, but it does provide guidance, insights that founders should be careful. Mainly based on cases in America, maybe not suitable for every culture such as in the far east there are concepts and moti...
  • Les Trachtman
    Noam is the expert when it comes to founders and what makes them successful (or not). He is a pioneer in identifying the dilemmas that founders encounter and his writing is a "how to" for anyone considering founding or who has already founded a business. I've never met a founder who couldn't benefit from this book. Everything he has written is backed by extensive research. The facts speak for themselves.