Posted October 2, 2009
Jeffrey Crellinsten and Douglas Barber were on hand at the annual ITAC Ontario gathering on September 9 to present the results of their latest study, “Understanding the Disappearance of Early-stage and Start-up R&D Performing Firms”. Their study reports on the results of a series of interviews Doug and Jeff conducted wtih the principals and financiers of of a number of venture-backed firms that no longer operate. The presentation provided useful insights into the barriers and challenges knowledge-based entrepreneurs face, notably a lack of commerce competence, lack of sales or customers and poor governance. The study, supported in part by ITAC is available here.