EXIT: SUCCESS AND FAILURE

November 24, 2015

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After building the organization most founders are faced with the critical decision on how to exit. In some cases, the company has succeeded in realizing value for investors and for its founder and employees. In most cases, the company has failed to earn a return. Often the company is balancing on the knife’s edge between success and failure. Small decisions tilt the balance. What are the factors that determine if a company is likely to exit successfully? If it is on a path to failure, how can the founder ensure that it ‘fails well’? What is a good failure?

Responses (51)

I Spy a Failure: An Entrepenuer’s Tale
Jeremiah Jewkes
Last modified on November 24, 2015 at 8:56 am
Story time.  Mr. Williams, along with three young friends, launched a small startup called Pyra in August 1999. In the dawn of the internet age, the Pyra team built a web application that combined a project manager, contact manager, and to-do list. The [...]
How to Fail Responsibly
Eden
Posted on November 23, 2015 at 8:08 pm
The 5 steps on how to fail responsibly as an entrepreneur: Fail fast: When something is clearly not working, move on. Pivot if you can, but don’t spend precious time trying to make an idea work. Recognizing failure quickly allows [...]
3 Reasons Why Wealthy Entrepreneurs Should Raise Capital
Dino
Last modified on November 23, 2015 at 12:11 pm
Entrepreneurs with ample financial resources may be enticed by the ideals of autonomy to self-fund their venture. By doing so however, entrepreneurs could be implicitly increasing their chances of failure. Raising ‘smart’ capital provides a venture with a group of [...]
Managing Failure in a Two-Sided Platform
Julisa
Last modified on November 23, 2015 at 11:00 pm
As the millennial generation continues to fuel the on-demand economy, more entrepreneurs will venture into the on-demand space in hopes of capturing a slice of this market. Here are some tips I've learned through Tressed.
5 SIGNS YOUR STARTUP IS DOOMED
Madrid
Posted on November 23, 2015 at 7:31 pm
The Lean Startup methodology can help predict your startup's doom. The biggest mistake: Scaling without validating product market fit.
Failure is SO hot right now
Jay
Last modified on November 22, 2015 at 7:57 pm
4 steps for making sense of this bizarre craze and getting on the right side of failure.
Why are start-ups so addicting?
sergio
Posted on November 22, 2015 at 5:49 pm
Why are start ups all the rage, even with the high risk and rate of failure? Read why the start-up life is so addicting.
5 SIGNS YOUR STARTUP IS DOOMED
Madrid
Posted on November 23, 2015 at 7:31 pm
The Lean Startup methodology can help predict your startup's doom. The biggest mistake: Scaling without validating product market fit.
Is it really failure?
Rodolfo
Posted on November 23, 2015 at 8:27 pm
Should closing a business be considered a failure? Only if you fail to do this.