Noam Wasserman is a professor at Harvard Business School. At HBS, he teaches a second-year MBA elective, entitled "Founders' Dilemmas," for which he was awarded both the HBS Faculty Teaching Award and the Academy of Management’s Innovation in Pedagogy Award. The course is based on his research over the last decade on the difficult, early choices that founders face that have important, long-term implications for them and their ventures. His doctoral dissertation, which focused on the challenges faced by VCs as they build their firms, was entitled “The Venture Capitalist as Entrepreneur.” Noam received his PhD from Harvard University and his MBA (with High Distinction) from HBS. He began life as a computer engineer, but his past work experience also includes working at a venture capital firm and serving as a principal and practice founder at an international consulting firm.
A decade ago, investors and chief executive officers were largely flying blind when it came to compensation in early-stage, privately held companies. They had little more than anecdotal information and their... Read more »