There are many resources on the market to help founders navigate through some of the most difficult life and business decisions they will ever make. However, there are not many that are based on a decade worth of research and learning. Harvard Business School Professor, Noam Wasserman’s new book, ‘The Founder’s Dilemmas’ has studied the experiences of nearly ten thousand founders and performed in-depth case studies of founders like Evan Williams of Twitter and Tim Westergren of Pandora to show founders the key pitfalls of doing a start-up and give them advice to avoid them.

For first time entrepreneurs, doing a start-up can really be a daunting experience. Some of the decisions you have to make are so critical they will impact the future and success of your business and will definitely keep you awake at night. Rather than sweat it out by yourself or spend many hours trying to find the answers, this book can give you comfort and reassurance that there are many founders who have gone before you and you can learn from them.

The book covers the whole gamut of decisions a founder must make. Topics include career dilemmas of when you should start a company; founding team dilemmas of who you should start with including who should take what roles and how much equity to split; after founding team dilemmas of how to hire people, which investors to take on and Founder-CEO succession scenarios.

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Jason Lim

Jason is an Australian born Chinese living in Beijing, specializing in entrepreneurship, start-ups and the investment eco-system in China, especially in the tech and social area.