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1. How would you describe the founding team of Fenton, Hoffer, and Le Tuan? Is it a balanced team? What does each member bring to the business? Can you see gaps in their skills and capabilities that should be adjusted for in some way?
2. What is the form of organization that Fenton, Hoffer, and Le Tuan first choose for Couch Surfing International? Assess the advantages and disadvantages of the major organizational forms mentioned in Chapter 8. Which of these would have been best for the company when it was founded? Why?
3. Identify and describe the organizational form to which the team transitioned the firm more recently? Was it a good decision to make this change? How well was the transition handled? In what ways might the conversion have been managed better?
4. Assess the fit of the board of directors with Couch-Surfing based on the profiles of those members who are mentioned in the case (since the company actually has others). What are the strengths and weaknesses of these board members and potential gaps in their knowledge? Do you see any ways in which their advice to the entrepreneurial team may not have been the best for the company?



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