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Surviving the Fuzzy Front end: An entrepreneur’s Social Network, degree of involvement and Start up Survival in India and the US

Shanthi Gopalakrishnan
New Jersey Institute of Technology  |  United States
sgopalak@njit.edu

Xi Zhang
New Jersey Institute of Technology  |  United States
xz262@njit.edu

Raja Roy
New Jersey Institute of Technology  |  United States
rroy@njit.edu

Cesar Bandera
New Jersey Institute of Technology  |  United States
Bandera@njit.edu


Keywords: Entrepreneurship, Survival, Social Network, Degree of Involvement and Comparative study


Abstract: We explore how entrepreneurs’ access to social network and degree of involvement in the venture affect a firm’s ability to survive in India and the U.S. We relied on the GEM data base for data. We find that an entrepreneur’s access to social networks helps the nascent firm survive fuzzy front end. The effect is significantly greater for the U.S. firms than for Indian firms. We also find that while startups of self-employed entrepreneurs are more likely to survive in India, startups of entrepreneurs who are employed full-time elsewhere are more likely to survive in the U.S.

 


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