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Want to form a partnership to start your business? Increase your chances of success by treating the company like a puzzle; put all the necessary pieces together before you launch your venture.

Darin Gilson was working as an associate at management consulting firm McKinsey & Co. when he was approached to assist the founders of Campus Pipeline in Salt Lake City. The young online software company had created a product linking traditional higher education intranet systems with the Internet. Seeing a company with so much potential and the pieces of the start-up puzzle in place, Gilson left McKinsey and joined Campus Pipeline as president and COO. He offers these tips for piecing together your own entrepreneurial puzzle:

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