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“Why are startup failure rates so extraordinarily high?" In this interactive lecture Rick Rasmussen will discuss startup failure mechanisms and outline ways to mitigate downside risk. He will go through Customer Development and Disciplined Entrepreneurial frameworks as two ways to help avoid the Valley of Death and introduce the Slicing Pie for founders shares.
Rick Rasmussen is an Industry Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley where he lectures on Entrepreneurship, Corporate Innovation and Venture Capital. He helps build entrepreneurial ecosystems around the world with concentrations in Ukraine, Azerbaijan, South Korea, Canada and more. He was the architect of the Go Silicon Valley program for Advantage Austria. Mr. Rasmussen is a Silicon Valley native that has been part of five IPOs, three billion dollar exits, assisted over a dozen accelerators and mentored over 1000 companies. He has been an active member of the Sand Hill Angels investment group. Mr. Rasmussen has an EECS degree from UC Berkeley as well as a dual MBA degree from UC Berkeley‘s Haas School of Business and Columbia‘s Graduate School of Business in New York City.