Stanford: Partners & Founders-What Makes or Breaks the Team?



  • Do you have what it takes to be a co-founder? And if you do, can you select the right partners and prepare for potential conflicts ahead of time? Come learn from company owners who have been there and will offer their insights.


    Irv Grousbeck, Co-founder, Continental Cablevision and
    MBA Class of 1980 Consulting Prof. of Management, Stanford Business School


    Matt Glickman GSB '93, Co-founder, BabyCenter
    Peter Kelly GSB '89, CEO, Pacific Pulmonary Services
        (purchased with a partner)

    Doug Kerr PhD, Organizational Consultant
    Michelle Stecklein GSB '93, Managing Partner, Thompson Clive Venture Capital

    Do you want to be the solo leader, the one with the vision that holds everything together, or do you want a partner or two to help you grow your idea into a successful company? There are pros and cons of starting a company with a partner - it's nice to share the responsibility and have a sounding board for tough issues, but there's also the potential for disagreements and differences of opinion on major issues.

    Come hear from experienced partners and advisors with a wide array of experiences on what works, what doesn't, what issues should be discussed earlier, etc. Hear stories about conflicts, resolutions and tips for success. Topics that will be covered are:

    • How you choose a partner and what issues to discuss early on
    • How the relationship evolves over time and what you need to do to adapt
    • How the investment community views and evaluates a founding team

    Plus! Bring your own questions - we'll open up Q&A to the audience at the end.

    The Stanford Series is co-hosted by the GSB Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.

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    Event Logistics


    6:30-7:00pm Networking with Stanford students & alumni
    7:00-8:30pm Program


    Stanford School of Business
    Bishop Auditorium
    Stanford University
    Stanford, CA


    Seminar Track

    Management, Startup and Funded Stage

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