News & Views

August 25, 2019

Friendship and Leadership Are Easily Confused

Entrepreneurs often develop strong feelings about the connection of friendship to business success—feelings that can get in the way when they enter a corporate setting. Consider an entrepreneur—let’s call him Mike—who sold his company to a big corporation and agreed…

July 27, 2019

The Right Stuff: Five Factors For Entrepreneurial Success

“Do you think I have what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur?” That’s the question I hear over and over from students in my entrepreneurship classes at Princeton and from other aspiring entrepreneurs. It’s no casual inquiry. They’ve spent…

June 3, 2019

How Steve Jobs Scores On The Wedgwood Innovation Scale

Steve Jobs bestrides the recent history of entrepreneurialism like a colossus. He has been called the greatest entrepreneur of our time. He revolutionized at least three industries: computers, music, and movies. Bill Gates, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, Jeff Bezos, and Mark…

May 21, 2019

For Even Hot Startups Premature Marketing Can Mean Premature Death

When the meal-delivery service Munchery filed for bankruptcy in February of this year, it owed $3 million in unfulfilled customer gift cards. In essence, the company’s marketing had outlived the company itself. And therein lies a critical lesson for entrepreneurs: aggressively marketing…