Savage Beast (A1)

Posted: 24 Jun 2010

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Noam Wasserman

University of Southern California - Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

Louis-Philippe Maurice

Harvard Business School

Date Written: January 13, 2010

Abstract

For several months, things had been spiraling downwards at Savage Beast, the music-recommendation company started three years before by Tim Westergren. The company's founder-CEO recently left due to pressures both at home and within the venture. Dozens of investors turned thumbs-down on the venture; salaries had been cut; and, tensions had risen within the founding team. Now Westergren, the founder who has taken over as CEO, is facing even deeper pressures as he finds out about a lawsuit filed by former employees, and he is wondering if it is time to give up on ever achieving his vision. Note: The content of this version is the same as the content in the Savage Beast (A) case (809069) but includes two directives in the text to students. At the end of page eight, the student is asked to pause and complete a one-question poll. The "page 8" poll asks "At this point, should Tim persist in trying to build Savage Beast?" Yes or No, and why. At the end of the case, the student is asked to complete a second poll. The "end-of-case" poll asks "Should Tim persist in trying to build Savage Beast?" Yes or No, and why. If you do not have polling capabilities, you should use the Savage Beast (A) case.

Suggested Citation

Wasserman, Noam and Maurice, Louis-Philippe, Savage Beast (A1) (January 13, 2010). HBS Case No. 810-051; Harvard Business School Entrepreneurial Management Unit. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1628644

Noam Wasserman (Contact Author)

University of Southern California - Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies ( email )

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Louis-Philippe Maurice

Harvard Business School ( email )

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