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Raw, But Good First Effort
on November 19, 2008
Many Silicon Valley hi-tech insiders and engineers found companies and sell them for lots of money, only to realize that outside their local circles, they are not well-known, or perhaps their inventions have not caused any lasting changes. A good book can cause more positive change than many technological inventions, a fact that spurs some high-tech entrepreneurs to write, hoping to leave a mark on a broader audience. Ms. Mitra's first book, _Entrepreneur Journeys_, isn't about her life, but about other high tech founders and their experiences. The bursting of the tech bubble caused many good companies to fade away, but many of them still survive and operate with less publicity. Their products continue to be relevant, but the companies are no longer on the front page of any newspapers. Without Ms. Mitra's book, we would probably never hear about the founders she interviews, or their stories (including one enjoyable story of someone who almost stuck it to Microsoft--see Mr. Courtot's story).
Her access to lesser-known but inspirational entrepreneurs gives Ms. Mitra's book a good niche. However, it is obvious that her book should have been more carefully proofread. High tech entrepreneurs are successful because they act quickly and take risks. This passion doesn't always transfer well to writing or publishing books, which requires extensive re-writing and careful diligence. Here, spelling and grammatical mistakes exist throughout the book (e.g., p. 6, Lyndon Johnson is spelled "Linden Johnson"; p. 86, "death knell" is spelled "death nail"). If you can ignore these spelling mistakes, and you are interested in the origins of lesser-known technology companies, you will like _Entrepreneur Journeys_, Vol. 1. Ms. Mitra has positioned this book as the first volume in a set yet to come. With better proofreading and better organization, subsequent editions should be rewarding to read. Ms. Mitra's first foray into a new area didn't lead to her best work, but with more experience, I wouldn't count her out.