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May 07, 2012

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You might want to take a look at reasons for "exiting" from a startup, according to a number of sources. First, John C. Maxwell in his book "Failing Forward" says that most entrepreneurs fail around 4-5 times before they're successful. This is anecdotally reflected in the saying, "You know what you call a failed Silicon Valley entrepreneur? Experienced. Then there is merging of solopreneurs into partnerships that combine businesses. Lastly, take a look at the book "Getting to Plan B" describing how companies pivot with changes that occur.

This has been all briefly discussed in my book, "How to Start a Business: Mac Version" as I began to find info about startups.

Thanks, Kevin. Great suggestions. These also seem to underscore the point that what we see as a dataset "exit" could reflect numerous possible scenarios. And you're right: within those aggregate numbers is lots of repetition in terms of multiple foundings, exits, and more foundings. It's exactly that variation on which we need to get a better grasp. Thank you!

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