15.394 Dilemmas in Founding New Ventures
Explores key organizational decisions that have far-reaching consequences for founders and their ventures. Though a series of cases, readings, and simulations, students examine five founders' dilemmas: whether and when to found, whom to include in the founding team, how to allocate equity among co-founders, whether to involve external investors, and when and how to exit. Aims to equip students with tools and frameworks to help them understand the implications of early decisions, and to build enduring resources that enable the venture to execute even if the original plan changes substantially. Meets with 15.3941 when offered concurrently. Expectations and evaluation criteria differ for students taking graduate version; consult syllabus or instructor for specific details.
This class has no prerequisites.
This class counts for a total of 9 credits. This is a graduate-level class.
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