Research Handbook of Entrepreneurial Exit

Research Handbook of Entrepreneurial Exit

Research Handbooks in Business and Management series

Edited by Dawn R. DeTienne and Karl Wennberg

With contributions from authors around the globe, Research Handbook of Entrepreneurial Exit explores this most important phenomenon in the entrepreneurial journey. This book presents a comprehensive review of the current issues in entrepreneurial exits, and provides theoretical and methodological insights for future research. It explores the historical perspective and discusses topics such as gender and exit, retirement, psychological barriers, emotional aspects, venture capital funding firm relocation and exit from social ventures.

Chapter 6: An entrepreneur’s perspective – beginning and exit

Gary Salomon

Subjects: business and management, entrepreneurship, strategic management


I am what you could call a ‘serial entrepreneur’, having bought and sold many businesses over the years, and I’ve learned a few things from the experience, some of them positive and some of them painful. I’ve compiled this chapter with two purposes in mind: first, to provide prospective entrepreneurs with a view of my career, which might help them deal with some of the potential hard knocks; second, to provide researchers with a view – from the entrepreneur’s perspective – of some important topics and research questions that could benefit entrepreneurs. I begin with a short overview and then describe my firm from inception through exit. At each of the major junctions, my intention is to reflect on what I have learned and to provide constructive questions for researchers.

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