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Chapter 11


This chapter provides a glimpse of how a number of actual high-information-technology ventures have formed. The Bell-Mason Diagnostic is used, after the fact, to assess the health of several of these companies at various points in their growth.

The first two examples come from software start-ups of the early 1980s:

The next six examples involve firms that appear to be healthy and whose products are representative of the types of products that a start-up might be founded to build:


1 A semicomputer company is a firm that supplies microprocessors or microprocessor peripherals in the form of semiconductors.


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