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The Founder’s Dilemmas is a cult book of in-the-know entrepreneurs. This is a distillation of a famous class Noam Wasserman taught at Harvard Business School, a class that other b-schools have copied because students found it so useful. Basically, the book leads the reader to conclusions about how to handle the dilemmas faced by founders as they struggle to put together and lead their founding teams. The contents derive from how students discussed and analyzed about a dozen different Harvard case studies. Reading the book is like being in a b-school class about practical entrepreneurship without any of the stress and homework preparation.
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What is this book about?
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 first book to examine the early decisions by entrepreneurs that can make or break a startup and its team. Drawing on a decade of research, Noam Wasserman…