David Kirsch, Associate Professor, University of Maryland
Fruits of Failure: Preserving the Records of Failed Entrepreneurial Ventures.
This talk will address the challenges and opportunities associated with collecting the records of startup companies. While society has invested considerable resources in the creation of new ventures, these important drivers of economic activity tend not to produce traditional archival footprints. Because a significant fraction of startup ventures fail, we must think about novel approaches to identify and collect the records of failed entrepreneurial ventures. David’s research interests include industry emergence, technological choice, technological failure, and the role of entrepreneurship in the emergence of new industries.