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Case Studies by Yann Lechelle

2 case studies

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published: 24 Feb 2014

  • Topic: Entrepreneurship
  • Industry: IT
  • Region: Europe

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Abstract:
Case B takes up entrepreneur Yann Lechelle's story in 2006. Etheryl is a success and Yann is maintaining the all-important work/life balance. When two recent graduates from INSEAD offer to buy the company, the case follows the painful selling process and shows how his role changes. The focus then switches to Yann's new ventures: from an all-consuming venture, Kickyourapps, that has him working 20 hours a day, to his current company Appsfire where work/life balance is restored. It looks at the different vehicles for funding and approaches to raising finance.

Pedagogical Objectives:
The case focus is the challenge of transitioning from a lifestyle venture to a growth venture. It presents possible paths and outlines several financing and organisational alternatives to grow the venture. The case emphasizes the trade-off between resource leverage and control.

Keywords:
Lifestyle Entrepreneur, Venture Growth, Application Service Provider, Resource Leverage, Apps, European Competitiveness, Europe

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published: 03 Jan 2006

  • Topic: Entrepreneurship
  • Industry: IT
  • Region: Europe

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Abstract:
This case describes the growth challenges faced by a Paris-based entrepreneur who created a software venture in the Student Relationship Management Space after his INSEAD MBA. Despite a very compelling service and a scalable business model, the venture's potential has been constrained by the lifestyle orientation of the entrepreneur. The case discusses possible growth paths and outlines several financing and organizational alternatives to grow the venture.

Pedagogical Objectives:
This case focus is the challenge of transitioning from a lifestyle venture to a growth venture. It illustrates how lifestyle entrepreneurs can constrain the growth of a venture. The case discussion emphasizes the key trade-off between resource leverage and control, and suggests how it can be resolved.

Keywords:
Lifestyle Entrepreneur, Venture Growth, Application Service Provider, Crm Software Services, Resource Leverage, User-Driven Innovation, European Competitiveness, Europe

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