Startups Can’t Revolve Around Their Founders If They Want to Succeed

by Ranjay Gulati and Alicia DeSantola

Even when startups have great products and customer interest, they struggle with long-term growth. Often, our research shows, the biggest obstacles are the entrepreneurs themselves. To borrow an analogy from our Harvard Business School colleague Shikhar Ghosh, their firms aren’t murdered by the market; they commit suicide because the founders can’t or won’t adapt to the organizations’ changing needs. (Read on)