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Brad Feld's Burning Entrepreneur - How to Launch, Fund, and Set Your Start-Up On Fire! (UPDATED and EXPANDED EDITION) [Kindle Edition]

Brad (Author of Venture Deals and Do More Faster) Feld , Jason Karpf (Hyperink Editor and Jeopardy! Champ)
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Book Description


The Burning Man, the storied ritual of self-expression, has evolved into The Burning Entrepreneur, the ultimate self-expression through start-up success. Renowned tech investor and start-up guru Brad Feld lights YOU on fire with this insider's book that will teach you how to launch, fund and run your own company. If you're already an entrepreneur or have always dreamed of being one, douse yourself in “Feld Thoughts” and catch the spark. You'll be burning, entrepreneur, with this e-book!.

Brad's blog is a backstage pass to the 24/7 rock show that is tech startups. It is a master class in startup investing for givers and takers of funds. It is a rolling critique of tech products vast and simple (with enough edge to make the most scathing restaurant critic in Manhattan blush). And it is the journal of a peripatetic marathoner who still believes he will crack the four-hour mark someday.

From such Feld Thoughts, we have constructed “The Burning Entrepreneur,” the e-book on startups that you would take to a desert island if it had electricity, a decent Internet connection and angel investors. “The Burning Entrepreneur” illuminates the actions and attitudes required to launch, fund and ignite your startup. Brad Feld is on fire. Find out what happens when you stand too close.

- Introduction
- Be on Fire
- Be In Love With Your Business
- Don't Be in the 99%
- Ignorance Is Success
- Meet the New Boss, NOT the Same as the Old Boss
- Hire the Right People
- It's the Product, Stupid!
- Learning to Program: A Case Study
- I Don't Hate Marketing: Neither Should You
- OK, It's Really the Money, Stupid
- Keeping Your You-Know-What Together
- Burning Examples
- Conclusion
- Recommended Books for Burning Entrepreneurs


It was during that car ride that my dad hit me with words that would prove to be fundamental for me: “If you aren’t standing on the edge you are taking up too much space.” Thirty years later that line continues to be a defining characteristic for how I live my life. I’m constantly pushing, looking for the edge of whatever I do. (pg 14)

Over time, I’ve learned that none of the short-term moves in the stock market matter at all in my life. It’s occasionally entertaining to turn on CNBC and see my friend Paul Kedrosky in the octobox telling all the other people that they don’t actually understand macro-economics, but it’s no different than watching McEnroe when he’s announcing a Nadal–Federer match. It’s just sport. (pg 33)

I don’t create products anymore (I invest in companies that create them), but I’m a great alpha tester. I’ve always been good at this for some reason — bugs just find me. While my UX design skills are merely adequate, I’ve got a great feel for how to simplify things and make them cleaner. (pg 58)

If you are someone who spends 30 minutes or more a day “organizing yourself,” I encourage you to step back and think about what you could change and how that might shift you from focusing on organizing to working toward outcomes. It’s liberating. (pg 103) a copy to read more!

Product Details

  • File Size: 469 KB
  • Print Length: 92 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Hyperink - Brad Feld (Author of Venture Deals and Do More Faster) (April 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00770HOCI
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible. January 26, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This thing is basically a bunch of twitter posts, blog posts, etc mashed up to form a "book". Is there any meat here? No, this is all so obvious.

Also, the self promotion and promotion of the portfolio was beyond tiring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pitch Perfect - New Entrepreneurs, Read This! July 10, 2012
I am a burning first-time entrepreneur, obsessed with my product. Before reading this book, I had no clear idea this was good, even great. Instead, I mostly worried they were defects in my business sensibility or character.

I met the author days before buying the eBook. He gave a remarkably clear and cogent opening talk at #BigBoulder. We had 15 minutes of one-on-one discussions about financing my start-up. He gave me advice I immediately started using. Before I was home I owned this book, which is a compilation of blog posts from FeldThought [...], a very popular blog for investors and founders alike.

What did I like most about this book?

- Accessible: the post-length chapters with 1-2 comments make for digestible bits of insight.
- On target: 95% of the tidbits were relevant to the challenges I face daily.
- Reassuring: My challenges are normal and some/many of my past decisions were good ones.
- Funny: Humor is a great way to teach.
- Self-effacing: this is a virtue in any teacher
- Comprehensive yet concise: it covered a lot of the areas I needed immediate advice on

I would write more, but I need to start another Feld book to keep on building what I have learned so far.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful Thoughts for Entrepreneurs April 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Great insights for new and seasoned entrepreneurs. Whether thinking about your first start-up or launching the next one, this book contains solid feedback and opinions from an experienced and successful VC. Having transitioned from a Fortune 500 company to my first start-up, I felt Brad's book personally relevant. His thoughts on marketing and "being the CEO of your job" were exceptional takeaways for me. Hyperlinks to sources and additional background info in the digital edition make it easy to dig deeper when you want.

I really enjoyed reading Burning Entrepreneur and highly recommend it - a quick but worthwhile read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Brad Felds lives the values he teaches and ships great products. The burning entrepreneur is a great example of everything that he believes in. It is written in his own voice, short, to the point and most importantly contains real actionable information with no high falutin mumbo jumbo guru speak padding it.

I've read his blog for years and can tell you that Brad always speaks his mind and his heart and really understands what it takes to be a real entrepreneur. If you have ever wanted to pick a world class brain for a hour or two on what it takes to succeed in the Start-up world, here's your chance!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Burn the ships - there is no escape May 21, 2012
Just finished reading Burning Entrepreneur by Brad Feld. It's a short read and was able to finish in a couple hours plus a 6-mile cycle on the elliptical machine at the gym. Written in Brad's typical style, it provides extremely useful advice to both the beginning and experience entrepreneur backed up with real life stories. I particularly enjoyed Chapter 4: Ignorance is Success, where Brad discussed why entrepreneur's need to not get distracted by all the talk about tech bubbles, ignore the stock market, and ignore the naysayers. This reminded me about a talk that I heard from Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote, at SXSW last March. Phil indicated that there is never a better time to start a company. I also greatly enjoyed Brad's discussion on being obsessed with your product and how if you're product stinks, no amount of marketing is going to fix it.

My advice - go download the Burning Entrepreneur - NOW! Read it tonight and keep it loaded up in whatever device you own.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice compilation of Brad posts January 2, 2014
By Sergio
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I like this book since it is a really quick easy to read compilation of some of Brad Feld's posts on his blog and has really good advice to get started. As angel investor I find his insights really useful.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute junk August 29, 2013
By Whippet
Format:Kindle Edition
Nobody will ever confuse Brad Feld with a deep thinker. This "book" is a bunch of propaganda blog posts, all of them drivel. It actually hurts to read this junk.

In the 21st century, "entrepreneurship"--whatever that means--is the new snake oil. It's a compound of self-help, business and fake idealism. Perfect for 20 year-olds who live at home.

This book is cheap hucksterism. AVOID.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Book on Startups April 8, 2013
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As a startup entrepreneur, for me this has been the most helpful book I've ever read on the topic - highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars babble
It's written like a blog with a lot of babble. I had to press fast forward half the time practically.
Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Yay!
Gets you pumped about being an entrepreneur.
Published 1 month ago by David Campos
5.0 out of 5 stars As advertised
From beginning till end I was note taking and generally becoming increasingly antsy to set my startup on fire. Don't miss this read it, digest it, Evernote it, and then execute.
Published 18 months ago by Devin
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read.
This is a compendium of posts from Brad's blog with comments from various startup gurus. Opinions vary and this book highlights that wonderfully. You will learn.
Published 19 months ago by Thoughthound
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldnt put it down
This is book was a great and quick read. These guys are the real deal, in the trenches and know what it takes to succeed in the start up phase. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mark T
5.0 out of 5 stars Brad is an inspiration
Love this, as well as all of Brad's books. Great insights and recommendations. Read it and you will become a fan!
Published 21 months ago by Tony Schy
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a book. Not a third world term paper.
Another one page Kroger handout. Brad doesn't write...rather he vomits words. This Brad has a huge endless ego and no sense of self.... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Boils
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots to learn
This is a book that should be read by all communities that want to prosper in the future. Brad has captured the essence of what it takes to become an entrepreneurial community. Read more
Published 22 months ago by yoda
5.0 out of 5 stars Learned a lot in a little time
Once I started reading this I could not put it down... powered right through it. By the time I was done, I learned quite a few specific things to correct and improve within my own... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Henry Koren
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More About the Author

Brad has been an early stage investor and entrepreneur since 1987. Prior to co-founding Foundry Group, he co-founded Mobius Venture Capital and, prior to that, founded Intensity Ventures. Brad is also a co-founder of Techstars.

In addition to his investing efforts, Brad has been active with several non-profit organizations and currently is chair of the National Center for Women & Information Technology, co-chair of Startup Colorado, and on the board of UP Global. Brad speaks and writes extensively on the topics of venture capital investing and entrepreneurship.

Brad holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Brad is also an avid art collector and long-distance runner. He has completed 23 marathons as part of his mission to finish a marathon in each of the 50 states.


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