Research Handbooks in Business and Management series
Edited by Dawn R. DeTienne and Karl Wennberg
Chapter 6: An entrepreneur’s perspective – beginning and exit
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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