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Why Startups Fail

September 7 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Victor or Vanquished: What’s Behind Startup Success and Failure? What factors predict startup success and failure? Are the causes of startup failure simply photo-negatives of success drivers? Join us for a data-driven discussion of what differentiates unicorns from other ventures, and whether startup failure follows patterns that can be anticipated and avoided.

Ali Tamaseb, a partner at the venture capital firm DCVC and author of the book Super Founders, will share findings from his multi-year study of billion-dollar startups. Tom Eisenmann, professor at Harvard Business School and author of the book Why Startups Fail, will review the factors behind the demise of early- and late-stage startups.

Michelle Zatlyn, co-founder, President, and COO of Cloudflare, will lead a discussion with Tamaseb and Eisenmann about what moves the startup performance needle.

For example, do solo founders fare better or worse? Does a founder’s age or educational background matter? Do failed founders bounce back stronger? What about location: is launching in Silicon Valley more likely to lead to a big success, a shutdown, or both? How important is a highly differentiated product? Being first to market? Join us, and find out!