Unlocking the Innovation Potential of Family Firms: An Assessment Tool

When it comes to innovation, family firms often are trapped in an “ability–willingness paradox”: the superior ability to innovate is unrealized because of fear of innovation. Our research 1 Read More...

Category: Applied and Practice

Authors: Emanuela Rondi , Alfredo De Massis and Josip Kotlar

Hyannis Country Garden is a Family Business With Deep Roots

This feature and video are part of  America’s Entrepreneurs: Making it Work , a Rewire initiative made possible by the  Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation  and  EIX, the Read More...

Category: Features

Author: Alauna Yust

Why You Should Name Your Business After Yourself

What's in a name? For many family-run businesses, the business name and family name are the same, linking the reputations of the two, for better or worse. New family business owners often grapple Read More...

Category: Applied and Practice

Author: Sharon Belenzon

Choosing a Board of Directors for a Family Business

It's important that current or future members of a family business understand best practices for assembling a Board of Directors (BOD). That's why we explore this in depth as part of a basic family Read More...

Category: Education and Teaching

Author: Whitney Peake

The Entrepreneur's Profit Model: A Diagnostic Tool

Entrepreneurs usually understand that profit is important. But many are less consciously aware of the actual model by which they will (or will not) make money in their ventures. Many have a gut feel, Read More...

Category: Applied and Practice

Authors: Michael Morris and April Spivack

The Sustainable Entrepreneur: Balancing People, Planet and Profit

Entrepreneurs and business leaders are blessed and cursed with thinking about their businesses 24 hours a day. It becomes their life focus. What is it that consumes them? Bottom line? Employee Read More...

Category: Commentary

Author: Dave Feldman

Investing in Capabilities and Reputation Pays Off for VC Firms

New venture capital firms must make a variety of strategic decisions about market positioning and relationships with the entrepreneurs in their portfolio. One choice VC firms must make is whether to Read More...

Category: Applied and Practice

Author: David Hsu

How Strategy and Industry Should Shape Your Choice of Co-Founders

Entrepreneurs who want to turn a great idea into a thriving business inevitably need a team that can make it happen. What increases their odds of a successful venture: hiring mainly technical experts Read More...

Category: Applied and Practice

Authors: Charles Eesley , Edward Roberts and David Hsu

For the Best Customer Data, Look Beyond the Market

Seed stage entrepreneurs must grapple with how they will scale their businesses. While this process includes many steps, discovering the proper product/market fit for the business is critical early Read More...

Category: Applied and Practice

Author: Jon Eckhardt

To Engage Business Students, Roll Out 'the Barrels'

Many of us may remember the “Choose Your Own Adventure” books from childhood. In these tales, the story develops to a point and presents a scenario choice to the reader. Depending on the choice Read More...

Category: Education and Teaching

Authors: Whitney Peake and Teran Sundy