Not all failures are equal!

Conventional wisdom, from the great success-after-failure stories, that we hear from the silicon valley, tells us that the success will follow you after the initial failure at your start-up.

study, by Professor Paul A. Gompers and his team found out that: first time entrepreneurs, who received venture capital, have a 22 percent chance of success and failed entrepreneurs have 23 percent chance of success, as if they haven’t learned anything! So, what is going on here?

It is not that the entrepreneurs are not learning anything, they are learning.  I believe, there are two things that can explain this;

1) Not all failures are equal, that is the set of problems that you faced and what you learned doesn’t represent the whole set of problem space, one might face again and

2) the ability of each entrepreneur to take that experience and adapt to the new situations and problems that you will come across in your second venture.

As Professor Gompers, calls it, there is an ‘attribution bias’ – people generalizing anecdotal success-after-failure stories, referring to folklore and myth about the success and failures of entrepreneurship.

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About Krishna Vuppala 54 Articles
I am passionate about technology & innovation with a mission to 'Accelerating Global Innovation'. I believe, that there exists an "innovation gap" and the current global innovation efforts to solve real meaningful challenges are moving at a slower pace! The reason, I believe, is lack of awareness of those challenges to the global talent! This blog is part of that journey to spread the word on the Problems (that are) Worth Solving! #ProWoSo

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  1. I, as an startup guy, wish there is an online resource to reach out in case of any questions. That would be a great help to entrepreneurial community. Don’t you think?

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