Supplement | HBS Case Collection | November 2008 (Revised March 2014)

Savage Beast (B)

by Noam Wasserman, LP Maurice and Yael Braid


For several months, things had been spiraling downwards at Savage Beast, the music-recommendation company started three years before by Tim Westergren. The company's founder-CEO recently left due to pressures both at home and within the venture. Dozens of investors turned thumbs-down on the venture; salaries had been cut; and, tensions had risen within the founding team. Now Westergren, the founder who has taken over as CEO, is facing even deeper pressures as he finds out about a lawsuit filed by former employees, and he is wondering if it is time to give up on ever achieving his vision.

Keywords: Business Ventures; Entrepreneurship; Compensation and Benefits; Employee Relationship Management; Lawsuits and Litigation; Groups and Teams;


Wasserman, Noam, LP Maurice, and Yael Braid. "Savage Beast (B)." Harvard Business School Supplement 809-096, November 2008. (Revised March 2014.)