This paper aims to present how Facebook overcame its liability of newness period, helping the interpretation of the same initial financial and organizational troubles faced by current unicorns.
In this study, the case study method has been used.
This story shows how the inclusion of active initial investors in the strategic team is pivotal for a firm’s survival. This case study depicts in depth the first years of life of the social network Facebook, focusing on the initial investors’ role for the survival of the firm.
This paper shows how an initial strategic team (especially the inexperienced) may benefit from the inclusion of active initial investors in terms of financed capital, and of further financing and refocusing of the strategic direction.
Cristofaro, M. (2017), "Countervailing the liability of newness by bringing in active initial investors: the case of Facebook", Strategic Direction, Vol. 33 No. 8, pp. 1-3. https://doi.org/10.1108/SD-03-2017-0045Download as .RIS
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