Welcome & Introduction

Hello!

I am a recovering founder writing about the start-up experience of the thousands of start-ups that did not have the ending they hoped for when they launched. 

This survey will gather information about the experiences of founders who have wound up their businesses or are about to close. From my own experience, I know this is a difficult subject. Information gathered from this survey may appear in content on the Upstarts website, in a book project with the working title "Upstarts: Founders, Success, Failure, and the Start-Up Paradox" and related publications and broadcasts. 

Your story is important and can help others. If you would like to speak to me directly, please send me an email. Thank you for participating: the survey should not take more than five minutes. It is anonymous, unless you choose to share your email address for follow-up conversation.

Thank you!

Kara

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* 1. What is the current status of your start-up?

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* 2. Why did you start your business? (Check up to 2)

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* 3. Please indicate which off the following factors informed your decision to leave your business? Check all that apply.

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* 4. Are you able to describe the most significant things you learned from the start-up experience?

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* 5. Please describe the business sector in which you operated. You may choose multiple responses if there is overlap.

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* 6. How was your business financed? (check all that apply)

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* 7. What did you find most difficult about closing or selling your business? Please identify the top three (3) reasons.

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* 8. How involved were you with the start-up ecosystem?

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* 9. What are you doing now for work?

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* 10. Thank you for your participation. Would you be open to a phone interview?

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