Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Avoiding founder frustration in technology start-ups

Date:
October 14, 2011
Source:
Inderscience
Summary:
A new study of more than 440 technology entrepreneurs reveals that wealth does not necessarily bring happiness. According to new research, long-term employment growth in a new technology-based company correlates with the founder's satisfaction with their rising income, but is negatively related to their overall happiness.

A new study of more than 440 technology entrepreneurs reveals that wealth does not necessarily bring happiness. According to research published in the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing, long-term employment growth in a new technology-based company correlates with the founder's satisfaction with their rising income, but is negatively related to their overall happiness.

Arndt Lautenschlaeger of the University of Applied Sciences Jena in Germany analysed data on 441 entrepreneurs in several fields of high-technology as well as technology-based services. The aim being to empirically analyses the relationship between personal happiness and employment growth in new technology-based firms. Personal happiness is measured by the company founder's satisfaction with life, work, financial situation, and leisure time.

The founder of a business might speak of success in terms of achieving company goals, although these can vary wildly between individuals and companies. Some founders equate success with profits and their becoming rich, while others value self-fulfilment and being their own boss more. From the perspective of the company itself, success can be defined more objectively based on sales, efficiency and profits. Lautenschlaeger suggests that it is unfortunate that personal indicators are all but ignored in economic studies of high-tech start-ups, where development and growth are often considered the only relevant factors.

"I found that in an early firm stage performance and individual satisfaction go hand in hand with a few exceptions," Lautenschlaeger says, but satisfaction with life correlates negatively in the long run with company growth despite rising income. He points out that to some extent this counteracts the aspirations of promoting start-up firms as a panacea for fighting unemployment and the generation of wealth. He adds that, his findings challenge the traditional view that company growth parallels personal success of the founder.

The study has important implications for individual entrepreneurs but for the ongoing success of countless high-tech start-up companies. Founder exit from a business is often neglected in corporate discussions, but it might be necessary to address the issue of how the boss feels as a company grows and so help the management team avoid the potential for company failure in the long term if founders are allowed to continue in their role despite growing personal dissatisfaction.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Inderscience. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Journal Reference:

  1. Arndt Lautenschlδger. Personal happiness and employment growth in new technology-based firms. Int. J. Entrepreneurial Venturing, 2011, 3, 359-374

Cite This Page:

Inderscience. "Avoiding founder frustration in technology start-ups." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 14 October 2011. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/10/111014080030.htm>.
Inderscience. (2011, October 14). Avoiding founder frustration in technology start-ups. ScienceDaily. Retrieved July 23, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/10/111014080030.htm
Inderscience. "Avoiding founder frustration in technology start-ups." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/10/111014080030.htm (accessed July 23, 2014).

Share This




More Science & Society News

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law

Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law

AP (July 22, 2014) — Two federal appeals courts issued conflicting rulings Tuesday on the legality of the federally-run healthcare exchange that operates in 36 states. (July 22) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com
What Self-Made Women Need to Know Financially Before Getting Hitched

What Self-Made Women Need to Know Financially Before Getting Hitched

TheStreet (July 21, 2014) — Halle Berry was recently ordered to pay her ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry $16,000 a month in child support by a California judge for their daughter Nahla. As women make strides in the workforce, they are increasingly left holding the bag when relationships end regardless of marital status. 'What Monied Women Need to Know Before Getting Married or Cohabitating' discusses information such as debt incurred during the marriage is both spouse's responsibility at divorce, whether after ten years of marriage spouses are entitled to half of everything and why property acquired within the marriage is fair game without a pre-nup. Video provided by TheStreet
Powered by NewsLook.com
$23.6 Billion Awarded To Widow In Smoking Lawsuit

$23.6 Billion Awarded To Widow In Smoking Lawsuit

Newsy (July 20, 2014) — Cynthia Robinson claims R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company hid the health and addiction risks of its products, leading to the death of her husband in 1996. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Clock Ticks Down on Internet Speed Debate

Clock Ticks Down on Internet Speed Debate

Reuters - US Online Video (July 18, 2014) — The FCC received more than 800,000 comments on whether and how internet speeds should be regulated, even crashing its system. Lily Jamali reports. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
 
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:  

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:  

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile iPhone Android Web
Follow Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins