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Bend the Curve:

Accelerate Your Startup's Success

Andrew Razeghi
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About this book

It’s supposed to look like a hockey stick: up and to the right. Growth curves of runaway hits are even more dramatic—akin to field hockey sticks—quick start, short dip, followed by an immediate near-vertical climb in a northeasterly direction. It’s a beautiful thing. The problem with growth curves is that they’re like footprints in the sand. You can only see them in hindsight. To make matters more difficult, innovation is a non-linear business. Success does not come in the form of a straight line. As Woody Allen suggests, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.”

In the world of innovation, there is no single path forward. The only road that all entrepreneurs share is the road less travelled by. But you can still learn from those who went before you—what to do and what not to do—in order to increase your odds of success.

Bend the Curve is a book about how to get more out of your big idea from people who know—successful entrepreneurs, the venture capitalists who’ve funded them, and the experienced mentors of the world’s leading new venture accelerator, Techstars.

About the author

Andrew Razeghi

Andrew Razeghi is Founder of StrategyLab, Inc., a growth strategy and innovation consulting group and is a professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is also a Limited Partner in Techstars and an angel investor in many startups. Razeghi has served as Vice Chairman of the Wright Centers of Innovation at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC and has provided testimony to t...

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March 2015

Bend the Curve