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It is a cold, hard fact of business life that most startups fail. Even many of those entrepreneurs who ultimately succeed have stories of personal challenges, unsuccessful companies, and difficulties along the way. The founders of TechStars, a mentorship-driven startup accelerator, have worked with entrepreneurs and companies over the past twenty-five years, and have seen a number of the same issues come up again and again.
In Do More Faster, the founders of TechStars identify the key issues that first-time entrepreneurs encounter, and offer proven advice from successful entrepreneurs who have worked with the TechStars program.
The authors organize the most critical issues into seven themes: Idea and Vision, People, Execution, Product, Fundraising, Legal and Structure, and Work and Life Balance. Many of the examples are personal experiences from the entrepreneurs themselves, integrated into a cohesive narrativewhile at the same time able to stand on their own. Throughout the book, they debunk numerous myths about startups and reveal some surprising truths. They explain, for instance, that the core of a startup is not always a world-changing and earth-shattering ideain fact, it is often the case that successful startups started out doing something else. They also underscore the efficiency of execution: great entrepreneurs know how to synthesize data, make a decision about the path they are going down, and execute. And they offer some alternatives to traditional ways of raising money, while stressing that you shouldn't start with the assumption that you need to raise money.
Mastering the seven themes may not ensure success, but understanding the issues, reading the stories, and getting advice pertaining to these issues will increase your chances dramatically. And if nothing else, you'll realize that you aren't alone in facing these challenges.
Praise for Do More Faster
"Remember when experience mattered? Thanks to this book, no matter how new to your field or how young or inexperienced you are, you can learn from people who have actually done it.
Sure beats failing." Seth Godin, author of Linchpin
"When it comes to pragmatic adviceas well as examples highlighting real-world resultsDo More Faster is a full-course meal. Brad and David have done a masterful job of simplifying into bite-sized chunks the ingredients that every entrepreneur should consider in channeling their enthusiasm into a real-world approach to building a sustainable business. TechStars has set the standard and shared the formulanow you have to execute." Dan'l Lewin, Corporate Vice President, Strategic and Emerging Business Development, Microsoft
"If you have an idea and a dream, read Do More Faster! It offers a unique opportunity to hear first- hand what to do (and what not to do) to build and scale your business." Josh Kopelman, Managing Partner, First Round Capital
"Having recently launched my fourth startup, I can say without reservation that what Brad and David are doing to promote entrepreneurialism is accelerating the pace of innovation. Additionally, the ideas and examples they reveal in Do More Faster are tangible and valuable lessons for anyone thinking about starting a new business. Their passion, vision, and commitment to the startup community, both through TechStars and their personal mentorship, are unmatched."
Pete Sheinbaum, founder and CEO, The Mandelbrot Project, Inc., and former CEO, DailyCandy, Inc.
"One thing is sure in the tech world: that history repeats itself. The lessons in founding companies are always the same, yet these are rarely passed down from one generation of entrepreneur to the next. Brad and David have done a brilliant job of crystallizing the most important lessons and bringing them to life in the words of the entrepreneurs. Every startup founder should read this book!"
Vivek Wadhwa, columnist, Bloomberg Businessweek, and contributor, TechCrunch
"Do More Faster is a locked-room all-nighter with David Cohen, Brad Feld, and the impressive mentors to TechStars; it is candid, smart, and spot-on. This is some of the very best advice entrepreneurs can get anywhere. Buy it already."
Paul Kedrosky, Angel Investor and Senior Fellow, Kauffman Foundation
Of course, needless to say, if you are thinking about or already have started your start-up in high tech, you must read this book.
I found Do More Faster to be very well written, fun to read, full of very useful advice from real entrepreneurs, as well as sage advice from the authors.
You would have to go through all the mistakes and money yourself to learn what this book can teach in just a few hours of reading.
This is an awesome book. I am currently reading patiently and I am looking forward to a successful implementation.Published 1 month ago by Travis H Allen
Great insights. I tried to read ot when I was just a beginner in startups and was bored.. But now that I have been a couple of years exposed to this lifestyle I found this book... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jorge Cuadra Fueyo
It had loads of information and was organized well. A little bit too much focused on techs if you're not starting one but could still relate the info to other industries.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
David Cohen and Brad Feld are geniuses.
They each are also kind individuals (each, for example, took the time for a seven page interview with me). Read more
The book is full of actionable advice for startups looking to "do more faster".
Full of excerpts from Techstars alumnus and other startup people who help unveil... Read more
Short and sweet. I like the fact that it is broken down to short articles that are targeted and have a topic in mind. Read morePublished 6 months ago by jehad Ayoush
Lessons, both good and bad are to be found here. I am not a typical entrepreneur. The insights and practical pitfalls that are discussed in this book are exceptionally... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Chuck Hammond
A must read for entrepreneurs. David and Brad know their stuff and have packed this book full of knowledge that will help every entrepreneur be more successful as he/she launches... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Luke Culligan Vernon
This book is wonderful...it is not just for entrepreneurs and startups, this book contains great lessons from hard working people that are applicable to all.Published 10 months ago by Marie