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The Founder's Dilemmas:
Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup
Noam Wasserman

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

List of Illustrations vii

Part I: Introduction and Pre-founding 1
Chapter One: Introduction 3
Chapter Two: Career Dilemmas 27

Part II: Founding Team Dilemmas 69
Chapter Three: The Solo-versus-Team Dilemma 73
Chapter Four: Relationship Dilemmas: Flocking Together and Playing with Fire 89
Chapter Five: Role Dilemmas: Positions and Decision Making 117
Chapter Six: Reward Dilemmas: Equity Splits and Cash Compensation 145
Chapter Seven: The Three RsSystem: Alignment and Equilibrium 186

Part III: Beyond the Founding Team: Hires and Investors 205
Chapter Eight: Hiring Dilemmas: The Right Hires at the Right Time 209
Chapter Nine: Investor Dilemmas: Adding Value, Adding Risks 249
Chapter Ten: Failure, Success, and Founder-CEO Succession 297

Part IV: Conclusion 329
Chapter Eleven: Wealth-versus-Control Dilemmas 331
Acknowledgments 387
Appendix A: Quantitative Data 391
Appendix B: Summary of Startups and People 403
Notes 425
Bibliography 451
Index 467

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