Entrepreneurs in High Technology

Entrepreneurs in High Technology : Lessons from MIT and Beyond

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This is a book about the formation, development, and success or failure of new high technology companies, focusing on those that grew under the auspices of entrepreneurs from MIT in Boston at the end of World War Two. Edward Roberts has conducted extensive empirical research on these firms for the past 25 years and has written widely on the subject. He is one of the acknowledged academic experts on entrepreneurship. This book is the culmination of his work and synthesizes his findings.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 398 pages
  • 160.02 x 233.68 x 33.02mm | 703.06g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New
  • 32 line illustrations, 96 tables
  • 0195067045
  • 9780195067040
  • 1,739,696

About Edward B. Roberts

Edward B. Roberts is the David Sarnoff Professor of Management of Technology at the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also a co-founder and director of Medical Information Technology, a successful producer of hospital information systems, and a co-founder and Chairman of Pugh-Roberts Associates, an international management consulting firm specializing in technology and strategic management. He also co-founded and is a General Partner of Zero Stage and First Stage Capital Equity Funds, a group of venture capital funds investing in early-stage high-technology enterprises.
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'his data and interests cover the last quarter-century and so provide a mine of useful material for industrial historians interested in the role of entreprenurship, especially where this is considered in a regional or high-technology setting'
Geoffrey Tweedale, Business History, Vol. 34, No. 4, Oct '92 'By focusing on firms in the greater Boston area, many of which have had links with the Massachusetts Insitute of Technology (MIT), this study provides support for all these variables, but identifies even more critical aspects of culture and attitude that have fostered a congenial business environment ... a mine of useful material for industrial historians interested in the role of entrepreneurship, especially where this is considered in a regional or
high-technology setting.'
Geoffrey Tweedale, University of Sheffield, Business History, Oct '92 `A masterpiece in covering the complex aspects of entrepreneurship.'
James M. Howell, The Howell Group `A major new book ... A gold mine of facts and data on both successful and unsuccessful start-up high-tech firms.'
Journal of Product Innovation Management 'Roberts reveals some striking similarities in the family backgrounds of the successful entrepreneurs. He also has gleaned what he considers valuable lessons for the founders of future startups.'
The Boston Globe, 9/12/91 'this is clearly the premiere work in the more specialized field of technological entrepreneurship ... Highly recommended for university and professional collections.'
N. Gersony, Castleton State College, Choice Jan '92 `One has only to look at a book such as Edward Roberts' Entrepreneurs in High Technology ... to see how much can be achieved.'
Margaret Sharp, Times Higher Education Supplement
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