Within high-potential startups, the biggest source of failure are mismanaged relationships: between co-founders, with early hires as well as with angel venture capital investors. In this course, we will examine critical dilemmas that span the lifecycle of entrepreneurial ventures that have achieved product-market fit and are ready for market. Students explore the process of team building, the choice of cofounders and hires, splitting the roles and equity within the team, whether to involve investors, how to manage relationships with investors, and exit dilemmas. With each decision, the course delves into the potential pitfalls that exist and the ways to anticipate and avoid them.
Christina Lubinski is a Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy at Copenhagen Business School in Denmark. She holds a PhD (2009) for her research on family businesses and works with startup entrepreneurs in Europe and the United States. As a Professor at the University of Southern California she was involved in several startup bootcamps and pitch competitions. Prior to her current position, she was a Newcomen fellow at Harvard Business School and a visiting fellow at Universitat de Barcelona.