Are startups becoming too risk-averse?

04/21/2010 | Slate

The Internet has made it easy for entrepreneurs to build lean, low-risk business practices into the companies they're starting -- but paradoxically, that's making many startups too risk-averse, argues John Dickerson. Without big, bold business plans, even the leanest, safest startups won't attract investors, Dickerson notes. "Adding an extra parachute before you jump may be prudent," he writes. "But jumping out of the plane when it's still on the tarmac ruins the entire enterprise."

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