Startups that Stop: Lessons for the Jewish Nonprofit World

By Igor Khokhlov

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), April 2012

The American Jewish nonprofit world has enjoyed significant growth in the field of Jewish Social Entrepreneurship. While many Jewish Startups have been successful; there are a few that had to stop their operations after relatively short periods of time. This thesis is a close examination of initially successful Jewish startups that had to cease operations after a 3-5 year period.

Information for this thesis was solicited from the principals of four major Jewish incubators and four startups, as well as several other lay and professional leaders in the Jewish community. Mixed methods of analysis were used: professional and lay leaders were interviewed using a unified protocol; cyber ethnography helped to collect and analyze scattered data on the web. Through those methods, key findings were singled out and suggested for further discussion among the engaged members of Jewish community.

The author does not judge startups, incubators or funders, but rather researches some of the underlying reasons, potential miscalculations, and assumptions that were made by the founders which led them to cease operations. One of the key findings of this research is that even those ventures stopped after only a few years of operation still had a significant communal impact and influenced other entrepreneurs interested in similar areas of work.

Recognizing that we can learn as much from ventures that stopped as from those that succeeded, it is hoped that Jewish entrepreneurs, incubators and funders will find this study useful in their future deliberations.

Topic: Management and Administration, NGOs, Startups, Organizational Development, Philanthropy and Fundraising, Development, Nonprofits, Fundraising and Philanthropy, Jewish Organizations, Governance

Name of Publication: HUC-JIR School of Jewish Nonprofit Management (formerly School of Jewish Communal Service) Masters Theses

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Genre: Thesis

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Khokhlov, Igor. Startups that Stop: Lessons for the Jewish Nonprofit World. HUC-JIR School of Jewish Nonprofit Management (formerly School of Jewish Communal Service) Masters Theses. Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR). April 2012: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=14158


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