Curt Schilling's Next Pitch

Posted: 24 Jun 2010

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Noam Wasserman

University of Southern California - Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

Jeffrey J. Bussgang

Harvard Business School

Rachel Gordon

Harvard University - Business School (HBS)

Date Written: May 2, 2010

Abstract

As his major-league pitching career was starting to wind down in 2006, baseball all-star Curt Schilling decided to become an entrepreneur. Looking to focus his tenacity and his passion for online role-playing games on a new challenge, he founded an online gaming venture, which later became known as 38 Studios. During the venture's first two years, he built a team of 70 people, including an executive team of business and industry veterans, and learned key lessons about the challenges faced by industry-changing entrepreneurs. Wanting to self-fund the venture initially, and later finding it hard to raise outside money, he put a substantial percentage of his net worth on the line to build 38 Studios. Now he is facing a critical acquisition decision that could either double his problems or help solve them.

Suggested Citation

Wasserman, Noam and Bussgang, Jeffrey J. and Gordon, Rachel, Curt Schilling's Next Pitch (May 2, 2010). HBS Case No. 810-053; Harvard Business School Entrepreneurial Management Unit. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1628646

Noam Wasserman (Contact Author)

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

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Jeffrey J. Bussgang

Harvard Business School ( email )

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Rachel Gordon

Harvard University - Business School (HBS) ( email )

Soldiers Field Road
Morgan 270C
Boston, MA 02163
United States

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