Prof. Noam Wasserman Bio

Noam Wasserman

Noam has been a professor of entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School for 13 years, and is in the process of founding and directing the country’s first founder center at the University of Southern California.  His first book, The Founder’s Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup (Princeton University Press, 2012), was an Amazon #1 bestseller in Management and in New Business Enterprises.  Nearly four years after publication, its softcover and Kindle versions are still on the bestseller lists for Strategy and Competition and for New Business Enterprises.  It has been published in seven languages and has been an entrepreneurship bestseller in multiple countries.  The book has also been critically acclaimed, winning the Academy of Management “Impact on Practice” award as well as being named to the Academy’s list of the top five business books of the year.

Noam created and taught Harvard Business School’s most popular entrepreneurship elective course, “Founder’s Dilemmas,” for which he was awarded the Faculty Teaching Award for teaching excellence.  Inc. magazine named it one of the top ten entrepreneurship courses in the country in 2011, and the course won the Academy of Management’s Innovation in Entrepreneurship Pedagogy award.  He also taught the course as a visiting professor at Stanford Engineering in 2014, where he received the highest teaching rating in the school.

Noam built the course’s foundation on a stream of research published in top journals that include Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science, Academy of Management Journal, Management Science, and Harvard Business Review.  Noam’s work has also been featured in cover stories in the Wall Street Journal and Inc. magazine, and in storiesin Business Week, New York Times, Washington Post, the Huffington Post, and others.  Since 2013, he has chaired the Academy of Management’s committee that judges and awards the annual award for most innovative new entrepreneurship course, and he served for half a decade as one of the three core faculty of the Kauffman Foundation’s Global Scholars program.

He received his PhD from Harvard University in 2002, and received an MBA (with High Distinction) from Harvard Business School in 1999, graduating as a Baker Scholar.  Before coming to Harvard, he was a Principal and Practice Manager at a management-consulting firm near Washington, D.C., where he founded and led the Groupware Practice for three years. He also worked as a venture capitalist at a firm in Boston. Noam received a joint BSE (magna cum laude) in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BSEcon (magna cum laude) in Corporate Finance and Strategic Management from the Wharton School at Penn.