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Research: Serial Entrepreneurs Aren't Any More Likely to Succeed

  • Walter Frick
  • February 20, 2014

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Three Pitfalls Startup Founders Must Avoid

  • Noam Wasserman
  • May 31, 2012

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Enabling the Natural Act of Entrepreneurship

  • Daniel Isenberg
  • April 10, 2013

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Meaningful Work Beats Over-the-Top Perks Every Time

  • Patty McCord
  • February 18, 2016

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Beyond Silicon Valley

  • Alexandre Lazarow
  • From the March–April 2020 Issue

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Life's Work: An Interview with Norma Kamali

  • Alison Beard
  • From the January–February 2024 Issue

Advice for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

  • Rita Gunther McGrath
  • April 14, 2008

HBR Case Study: An Angel Investor with an Agenda

  • Beatriz Muñoz-Seca
  • From the March 2011 Issue

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Finding Entrepreneurs Before They’ve Founded Anything

  • September 19, 2014

Advanced Entrepreneurship: Building an Income Machine

  • Stever Robbins
  • August 20, 2010

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Africa's New Generation of Innovators

  • Clayton M. Christensen
  • Efosa Ojomo
  • Derek C.M. van Bever
  • From the January–February 2017 Issue

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Transient Advantage

  • From the June 2013 Issue

Making the Leap From Consumer Tech to Enterprise Class

  • R “Ray” Wang
  • March 22, 2011

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When It's Time to Pivot, What's Your Story?

  • Rory McDonald
  • Robert Bremner
  • From the September–October 2020 Issue

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Why the Lean Start-Up Changes Everything

  • Steve Blank
  • January 15, 2018

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Joint Ventures and Partnerships in a Downturn

  • James Bamford
  • Gerard Baynham
  • David Ernst

Find Your Ideal Market

  • Doug Richard
  • November 20, 2015

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Twitch CEO on the Future of the Creator Economy - and the Challenge to Keep the Platform Safe

  • Emmett Shear
  • Adi Ignatius
  • May 19, 2022

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What Silicon Valley Bank Did Right

  • Lou Shipley
  • March 24, 2023

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The Two Ways for Startups and Corporations to Partner

  • Shameen Prashantham
  • January 30, 2019

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Monte-Carlo Weddings

  • Anat Keinan
  • Sandrine Crener
  • January 08, 2015

Onefinestay: Building a Luxury Experience in the Sharing Economy

  • January 06, 2015

Business Models Problem Set

  • Ramana Nanda
  • William A. Sahlman
  • August 29, 2013

How a Startup Is Putting the Running Shoe Industry Back On Track

  • Rico Baldegger
  • Marco Biscaro
  • March 01, 2022

Pet Doctors--1999

  • Paul A. Gompers
  • February 09, 2000

iSpace: Expanding a Start-Up Hub for West African Entrepreneurs

  • Nicole R.D. Haggerty
  • Darkwah Joseph Asante
  • Emma Hogeterp
  • August 24, 2018

Joyful Frog Digital Incubator: Accelerating Startups

  • Manuel Sosa
  • Arvin Singh
  • August 27, 2018
  • Audrey Azoulay
  • January 20, 2015

Climate Finance in 2020: Background Note

  • Anthony Artuso
  • July 25, 2021

Codecademy: Monetizing a Movement?

  • Jeffrey J. Bussgang
  • Lisa Mazzanti
  • December 22, 2014
  • Joseph B. Lassiter
  • February 11, 2014

Texas Pacific Group--J. Crew

  • Michael J. Roberts
  • Lauren Barley
  • August 23, 2007

Lenta of St. Petersburg, Russia

  • William H. Coyle
  • Natalia A. Zhiglinskaya
  • January 01, 2006

Andreessen Horowitz's Cultural Leadership Fund (A)

  • Anita Elberse
  • Briana Richardson
  • Cydni Williams
  • August 02, 2021

Better World Books (in 2009): Social Entrepreneurship and the Triple Bottom Line

  • Frank T. Rothaermel
  • Marne L. Arthaud-Day
  • Konstantinos Grigoriou
  • January 06, 2012

Venture Capital Method: Valuation Problem Set, Solutions

  • Walter Kuemmerle
  • February 26, 2002

Note on the Initial Public Offering Process

  • Josh Lerner
  • October 11, 1999

Barbara Lynch Gruppo: An Entrepreneurial Journey

  • Edward D. Hess
  • January 01, 2012

Reebonz: Bringing You a New World of Accessible Luxury

  • Siew-Kien Sia
  • December 07, 2017

Kathy Giusti and the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation

  • Richard G. Hamermesh
  • Joshua D. Margolis
  • Matthew Preble
  • June 25, 2014

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Negotiation as a Business Process (Guest Column)

  • October 01, 2001

The Stockton Enterprise Arcade: Incubate or Graduate?, Teaching Note

  • Jill Tidmarsh
  • September 29, 2017

Y Combinator, Teaching Note

  • John R. Wells
  • July 18, 2021

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Entrepreneurship as Experimentation

Entrepreneurship research is on the rise, but many questions about its fundamental nature still exist. We argue that entrepreneurship is about experimentation: the probabilities of success are low, extremely skewed, and unknowable until an investment is made. At a macro level, experimentation by new firms underlies the Schumpeterian notion of creative destruction. However, at a micro level, investment and continuation decisions are not always made in a competitive Darwinian contest. Instead, a few investors make decisions that are impacted by incentive, agency, and coordination problems, often before a new idea even has a chance to compete in a market. We contend that costs and constraints on the ability to experiment alter the type of organizational form surrounding innovation and influence when innovation is more likely to occur. These factors not only govern how much experimentation is undertaken in the economy, but also the trajectory of experimentation, with potentially very deep economic consequences.

Entrepreneurship research is on the rise, but many questions about its fundamental nature still exist. We argue that entrepreneurship is about experimentation: the probabilities of success are low, extremely skewed, and unknowable until an investment is made. At a macro level, experimentation by new firms underlies the Schumpeterian notion of...

research topics about entrepreneurship

  • January 2014 (Revised October 2014)

Andreessen Horowitz

Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), a venture capital firm launched in 2009, has quickly broken into the VC industry's top ranks, in terms of its ability to invest in Silicon Valley's most promising startups. The case recounts the firm's history; describes its co-founders' motivations and their strategy for disrupting an industry in the midst of dramatic structural change; and asks whether a16z's success to date has been due to its novel organization structure. a16z's 22 investment professionals are supported by 43 recruiting and marketing specialists—an "operating team" that is an order of magnitude larger than that of any other VC firm. Furthermore, the operating team aims to not only assist a16z portfolio companies, but also to be broadly helpful to all parties in the Silicon Valley ecosystem, including search firms, journalists, PR agencies, and Fortune 500 executives. The bet: by providing "no-strings-attached" help to ecosystem partners, the partners might someday reciprocate by steering founders seeking funding to a16z. The case closes by asking whether a16z should seek to double its scale over the next years.

Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), a venture capital firm launched in 2009, has quickly broken into the VC industry's top ranks, in terms of its ability to invest in Silicon Valley's most promising startups. The case recounts the firm's history; describes its co-founders' motivations and their strategy for disrupting an industry in the midst of dramatic...

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  • February 2014
  • Background Note

Raising Startup Capital

Entrepreneurs typically focus their full energies on business-building. But raising capital is a core part of building a valuable business. Developing expertise in raising capital is more than a necessary evil, it is a competitive weapon. Master it and you will be in a better position to make your company a massive success. But how do you finance a new venture? In this note, I will try to help answer this question by addressing the following topics: Types of funding. The two major types of startup capital are equity funding and debt funding although there are a few hybrid flavors as well. Sources of funding. These include venture capital firms, angel investors, crowd-funding, and accelerators/incubators. What investors look for. Each source has a different funding process and set of criteria which you need to understand before seeking funding from that source. The mechanics of equity funding. Seeking and securing funding involves setting amounts, agreeing to terms, and defining relationships.

Entrepreneurs typically focus their full energies on business-building. But raising capital is a core part of building a valuable business. Developing expertise in raising capital is more than a necessary evil, it is a competitive weapon. Master it and you will be in a better position to make your company a massive success. But how do you finance...

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  • January 2014

The Consequences of Entrepreneurial Finance: Evidence from Angel Financings

This paper documents that ventures that are funded by two successful angel groups experience superior outcomes to rejected ventures: they have improved survival, exits, employment, patenting, web traffic, and financing. We use strong discontinuities in angel funding behavior over small changes in their collective interest levels to implement a regression discontinuity approach. We confirm the positive effects for venture operations, with qualitative support for a higher likelihood of successful exits. On the other hand, there is no difference in access to additional financing around the discontinuity. This might suggest that financing is not a central input of angel groups.

This paper documents that ventures that are funded by two successful angel groups experience superior outcomes to rejected ventures: they have improved survival, exits, employment, patenting, web traffic, and financing. We use strong discontinuities in angel funding behavior over small changes in their collective interest levels to implement a...

  • September 2014 (Revised December 2014)

The Ullens Center for Contemporary Art

Since its opening in Beijing in November 2007 as the first non-profit art center in China, UCCA had been operating with the mission to "promote the continued development of the Chinese art scene, foster international exchange, and showcase the latest in art and culture to hundreds of thousands of visitors each year." For the past six years, UCCA had worked with more than 100 artists and designers to present 87 art exhibitions and 1,826 public programs to over 1.8 million visitors, including many important leaders from all over the world. Given the context of the economic and political environment in the rapidly changing Chinese art market, the founders and senior management of UCCA wondered what they could do to achieve growth and financial viability while continuing to realize their mission.

Since its opening in Beijing in November 2007 as the first non-profit art center in China, UCCA had been operating with the mission to "promote the continued development of the Chinese art scene, foster international exchange, and showcase the latest in art and culture to hundreds of thousands of visitors each year." For the past six years, UCCA...

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The Promise of Microfinance and Women's Empowerment: What Does the Evidence Say?

The microfinance revolution has transformed access to financial services for low-income populations worldwide. As a result, it has become one of the most talked-about innovations in global development in recent decades. However, its expansion has not been without controversy. While many hailed it as a way to end world poverty and promote female empowerment, others condemned it as a disaster for the poor. Female empowerment has often been seen as one of the key promises of the industry. In part, this is based on the fact that more than 80% of its poorest clients, i.e., those who live on less than $1.25/day, are women. This paper discusses what we have learned so far about the potential and limits of microfinance and how insights from research and practice can help inform the industry's current products, policies and future developments.

The microfinance revolution has transformed access to financial services for low-income populations worldwide. As a result, it has become one of the most talked-about innovations in global development in recent decades. However, its expansion has not been without controversy. While many hailed it as a way to end world poverty and promote female...

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Our long tradition of research in Entrepreneurship goes back to the 1930's and 1940's with the “the father of venture capitalism,” General Georges Doriot, and Joseph Schumpeter’s theory of innovation as a process of “creative destruction.” Building on our intellectual roots, our scholars come from disciplines including economics, finance, sociology, strategy, business history, management, and social entrepreneurship. A number of our faculty come from practice as venture capitalists and start-up founders. We focus our research on the identification and pursuit of entrepreneurial opportunities; domestic and international funding of entrepreneurial endeavors; innovation, particularly technological innovation in international ventures; the environments in which entrepreneurs make decisions; and social entrepreneurship. As our research contributes new insights, we are advancing the world’s understanding of complex entrepreneurial issues and helping to increase the entrepreneurial success of our students and practitioners worldwide.

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