Product Thinking
Episode 139: Why Startups Fail and How You Can Avoid That with Tom Eisenmann, Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School
October 4, 2023
In this episode of Product Thinking, Tom Eisenmann, Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, joins Melissa Perri to dive into "Why Startups Fail," his transformative book. Specifically, they dive into the inspiration of the book, six unique types of startup failures and how to avoid them, as well as strategies for hiring your first product manager.
In this episode of Product Thinking, Tom Eisenmann, Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, joins Melissa Perri to dive into "Why Startups Fail," his transformative book. Specifically, they dive into the inspiration of the book, six unique types of startup failures and how to avoid them, as well as strategies for hiring your first product manager.

Tom has gathered over twenty-six years of experience as a dedicated professor at Harvard Business School, where he pioneered the Product Management class. His influential book, Why Startups Fail (also known as The Fail-Safe Startup in the Commonwealth), showcases his extensive knowledge of entrepreneurship.

Serving as the unit head of Entrepreneurial Management, faculty chair of the Harvard Innovation Labs, and faculty co-chair of the Harvard MS/MBA program and the HBS Rock Center for Entrepreneurship, his leadership spreads through multiple aspects of academic and entrepreneurial life at Harvard.

Tom' rich blend of academic insight and practical entrepreneurship expertise positions him as a valuable resource for anyone navigating the intricate landscape of product management in startups. His work seamlessly bridges the crucial domains of scholarly research and real-world entrepreneurship.

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