Assembling the Startup Team

Posted: 5 Apr 2012

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Noam Wasserman

University of Southern California - Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies

Date Written: January 19, 2012

Abstract

Nothing can bedevil a high-potential startup more than its "people problems." These problems typically result from choices that founders make as they add team members to their startup team. Three characteristics of startup teams must be aligned for these teams to function well: relationships, roles, and rewards (the Three Rs). Early decisions that founders make about the Three Rs can significantly affect their startup's direction and success. This note explores some of these choices and their long-term implications.

Learning Objective: To educate students about how to assemble a strong, complementary, and effective startup team and how early choices about relationships, roles, and rewards can affect the team's and startup's success.

Suggested Citation

Wasserman, Noam, Assembling the Startup Team (January 19, 2012). Harvard Business School Entrepreneurial Management Case No. 812-122. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2035071

Noam Wasserman (Contact Author)

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

United States

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