Founders' dynamics -- interpersonal relationships and between-team interaction in early startups
Interpersonal relationships and between-team interaction in early startups
Program in Media Arts and Sciences (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Alex "Sandy" P. Pentland.
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The ability to predict the success or failure of an early stage company is critical for accelerator programs and investors. Prior studies marked human and social capital as important factors determining the potential of a startup to succeed. However, very little is known about the effect that founders' interpersonal relationships have on the success of their companies, and the effect of their relationships with other startups located in the same innovation space on their performance. To investigate these relationships, we propose a combination of methodology and field experiments that make use of Rhythm, a wearable sensing platform designed for measuring social interaction. We first describe the design of the platform and its evaluation process. Then, we describe a large-scale field study in a university startup accelerator program and its results. Finally, we propose future enhancements to the platform and directions for future research.
This electronic version was submitted by the student author. The certified thesis is available in the Institute Archives and Special Collections.Thesis: Ph. D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, School of Architecture and Planning, Program in Media Arts and Sciences, 2019Cataloged from student-submitted PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (pages 107-116).
DepartmentProgram in Media Arts and Sciences (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Program in Media Arts and Sciences