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ASV Fireside Chat w/ Noam Wasserman-2x Author, Professor & Startup Guru

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+RARE: Fireside Chat "UNLEASHED" w/ Noam Wasserman, Author ("The Founder's Dilemmas" & "Life is a Startup"), Founder Central Director & USC Marshall School of Business Professor

Access Silicon Valley invites you to join a rare, not to be missed, fireside chat on October 18, 2018 with the distinguished Author and USC Marshall Professor, Noam Wasserman, and Roger Rappoport, Founder of Access Silicon Valley.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear from brilliant author, Noam Wasserman, who jumped to #1 of the Amazon Bestseller in Management with The Founder’s Dilemma, at our Fireside Chat!

“I guarantee that the price of this book is approximately one-thousandth of what you’ll pay lawyers to clean up your mess if you don’t read it.”Guy Kawasaki, former chief evangelist of Apple

If you’re starting a new company, you probably already know that a crazy variety of land mines await you. What if you had a map that showed exactly where they are and how to avoid them?” Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup

Wasserman’s wealth of knowledge about what it takes to create a successful startup comes from a decade researching 10,000 founders (including Evan Williams (Twitter) and Tim Westergren (Pandora). He became the #1 Amazon bestseller in Management and has been in the Strategy bestseller list for half a decade because of his groundbreaking analysis on the decisions faced by a startup’s founding team, early hires, and investors.

It’s no wonder that we hear most entrepreneurs describe Noam Wasserman’s findings from his time lecturing at Harvard Business School as something they didn’t discover soon enough in their career.

We’re excited to bring you access to someone who has paved the way for many successful entrepreneurs, as well as a sneak peek into his next book about to be released, Life is a Startup. The goal is to give entrepreneurs insights into the major decisions that will have to be made and the profound impact that the wrong decisions can have:

  • How to anticipate, avoid, or recover from disastrous mistakes that can splinter a founding team, strip founders of control, and leave founders without a financial payoff for their hard work and innovative ideas

  • How and when to split the equity within the founding team

  • How to recognize when a successful founder-CEO should exit or be fired

  • And so much more, including your questions!

We have a limited number of tickets so if you are a startup founder or entrepreneur, secure yours today – this is a talk you can’t miss!



5:15pm - 5:45pm: Light dinner/refreshments, networking, demos/sponsors

5:45pm - 6:00pm: Demo table/sponsor introductions

6:00pm - 7:30pm: Discussion with Noam and Roger

7:30pm-7:45pm- Audience Q & A


Reserve a demo or sponsor table and get great exposure!

Demo/Sponsor table includes:

- 1 (one) event ticket

- ½ shared Demo Table

- Promotion to guests before live event, from 5:30pm-6:45pm

You will also be able to talk for one minute in front of the entrepreneurs, investors, innovators and tell them about your company from 6:45-7:00pm.

Limited availability.

Noam Wasserman Photo from USC Marshall School of Business Website at https://www.marshall.usc.edu/news/founder-central

About Noam Wasserman

Noam Wasserman is founding director of the Founder Central initiative at the University of Southern California and the Lemann Chair in Entrepreneurship within the Marshall School of Business there. He focuses on founders’ early decisions that can make or break the startup and its team.

Before returning home to L.A., he was a professor at Harvard Business School for 13 years. His first book, The Founder’s Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup, was an Amazon #1 bestseller in Management, has spent more than half a decade on Amazon’s Strategy bestseller list, and won the Academy of Management’s annual Impact on Practice award. Noam created HBS’s most popular entrepreneurship elective, “Founder’s Dilemmas,” for which he won HBS’s Faculty Teaching award, USC’s Golden Apple teaching award, and the Academy of Management’s Innovation in Entrepreneurship Pedagogy award. In 2018, he was named to Poets&Quants’ “Favorite Professors of Business Majors” list. He also taught Founder’s Dilemmas at Stanford Engineering and Columbia Business School, receiving perfect teaching ratings at both schools.

Noam’s second book is Life Is a Startup: What Founders Can Teach Us About Making Choices and Managing Change (Stanford University Press, October 2018). In it, he translates to our daily lives the best practices he has unearthed in two decades of studying founders, showing how those practices can help us make much better decisions and manage change much more effectively – especially at key inflection points in our lives and careers. The lessons apply to our personal lives and relationships, and to our professional lives in any type of role or organization.

Noam’s research has been published in top academic journals (e.g., Management Science, Strategic Management Journal, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science) and national periodicals (Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, Inc. magazine, etc.). He is a founding board member of USC’s Institute for Outlier Research in Business (iORB), chairs the committee that judges the annual Innovation in Entrepreneurship Pedagogy Award for the Academy of Management, and serves on the advisory boards of Inc. magazine and the Kauffman Foundation. He was founding chairman of the board of a boys high school in Boston and currently serves as chairman of the board of a 270-student elementary school there.

Despite being voted “Most Likely to Become a CEO” by his MBA section, Noam decided to pursue academia as a career and to enter the PhD program (thereby giving up on ever becoming a CEO!). Before coming to Harvard, he was a Principal and Practice Manager at a management-consulting firm near Washington, D.C., where he founded and led the Groupware Practice. He also worked as a venture capitalist at a firm in Boston. Noam received a PhD from Harvard University, an MBA from Harvard Business School (graduating with high distinction as a Baker Scholar), a BSE in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BS from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He has eight children and two grandchildren.

About Roger Rappoport

Roger C. Rappoport, a native South African, is the founder of Access Silicon Valley, a community formed to help startups from across the world access the successes, and learn from the failures, of Silicon Valley’s best and brightest and most successful “been there, don’t that” entrepreneurs and investors. He is also a former entrepreneur, sometimes angelinvestor, and full time corporate lawyer and leader of Procopio’s Emerging Growth and Venture Capital practice group. His passions include, helping startup entrepreneurs develop and execute an appropriate funding, grow their businesses and, ultimately, help them exit, bad jokes, his family, and everything in between.


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