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With a Little Help from My (Random) Friends: Success and Failure in Post-Business School Entrepreneurship

Josh Lerner, Ulrike Malmendier

NBER Working Paper No. 16918
Issued in March 2011

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We would like to thank a number of Harvard Business School officials and faculty who made this project possible, including Lynda Applegate, Angela Crispi, Lee Gross, Jim Heskett, Elizabeth Karpati, Jana Kierstaad, Joe Lassiter, Bill Sahlman, Coral Sullivan, and especially Mike Roberts, Toni Wegner, and Sarah Woolverton. Daniel Littlejohn-Carrillo, Lori Santikian, Rui Tang, Astha Tharpa, and especially Geraldine Kim and Rui Xu provided excellent research assistance. Helpful comments were provided by seminar participants at the American Finance Association meetings, Boston College, Harvard, MIT, the National Bureau of Economic Research, the University of Southern California, and Yale. Harvard Business School’s Division of Research and the National Science Foundation provided financial support. All errors are our own. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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