Starting a Startup
September 23, 2015
The thesis of our course is that early decisions that founders make have a disproportionate impact on their ultimate success or failure. What pathways did they open? What chains did they forge around their own ankles? Consider the choices that Jessica Matthews of Uncharted Play, Lew Cirne of Wily, or Hillary Mallow of ProLabs made. Their choices resulted in stable or unstable business partnerships, years of sacrifice and struggle, loss of control of their companies and even the destruction of a marriage. In other situations early founding decisions have resulted in financial and personal success. The challenges founders face as a business matures can often be traced back to the seeds they sowed at the founding stage.
The founders we have studied often stumbled into these choices blindfolded – without much consideration of their implications or regard for their consequences. They often did not even recognize their decisions as choices. What observations can you share with entrepreneurs that are seeking co-founders and making their first commitments to the business? What questions still intrigue you? What factors would you advice others to consider before taking the plunge into the ocean of possibilities that entrepreneurship offers? When should they persevere, when should they close the business?
Please limit your post to 500 words. include pictures, links to other sites and videos, if they make the entry more compelling. Remember that to make an impact, your entry has to be read by others. Try and make it visually appealing, provocative and thoughtful. And, please comment on the blog entries of others. Your blog post will be accessible on the internet. It is due before 9 pm on September 22nd, 2015. We will be discussing a few of your posts in class on the 23rd.