The Yin of Startups

  • Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought. - Albert Szent-Gyorgyi 1962

The Yang of Startups

  • It is not the critic who counts...the credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood...who knows great enthusiasms, and great devotions...who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. - Theodore Roosevelt, 1910

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February 07, 2007

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Jason Starr

Hey Dan...if you haven't read the "Jockey vs. Horse" paper by Chicago GSB professor Steve Kaplan (or seen his presentation), check it out. He's done some pretty impressive research that backs up exactly what you are saying. He studied a bunch of successful VC investments and determined that the idea or core line of business does not change...though the leadership team is changed quite often. There's a link to the full paper at http://www.sifr.org/PDFs/KaplanSensoyStrombergAug2007.pdf and Matt McCall has a link to the PowerPoint presentation at http://www.vcconfidential.com/2006/04/horse_or_jockey.html.

Best,
Jason

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