Why Some Startups Succeed And Others Fail: 10 Fascinating Harvard Findings

Why do some startups succeed and others fail?

Paul Gompers, Anna Kovner, Josh Lerner and David Scharfstein put together a Harvard Business School working paper to answer that question, Performance Persistence in Entrepreneurship.

In it, they answer things like:

  • Do first time entrepreneurs have it harder?
  • What’s in a VC’s name?
  • Are successful entrepreneurs skilled or just lucky?

After scouring the 35 page document, here are the fascinating answers to all of those questions and more.

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