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100 Red Flags That You're Working for a Crappy Tech Startup Kindle Edition

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pat Sullivan on March 24, 2012
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Loved the information. Tough to work inside a hot air balloon. I wasn't too caught up in the hype of a big payout, but I did get caught up in "making the company work better. ". 100 red flags just gave me permission to bail from a very dysfunctional situation. Life is too short for manic aggravation.
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An interesting perspective from the author. Bond is pretty bang on in sharing some of the happenings behind the scenes. It's poignant, funny and at the same time sad. (there's a funny story in there about an expert c++ coder) I would recommend this to anyone that wants a dose of reality of what their prospective tech startup employer could function like internally.
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Finally I found something which adds balance to why one would get involved in a tech start-up. Having come across way too many books which paint such a positive picture when things go right it's refreshing to read about real experiences of when things dont go according to plan. The book reads very much as a 'been there and done that, and that's 'x' years of my life I'll never get back!' and as such offers any first time entrepreneur a reality check of what lays ahead. Mixed in with the no nonsense message the Author manages to add subtle humour to make this a serious and entertaining read at the same time.
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By Dazed and Confused on February 21, 2012
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Avery's new book is a tour de force for capturing reality! I struggled to come to terms with my own challenges in "startup land" and started to question my own abilities. But this book validates a simple fact. The tech community is full of peddlers "selling the dream" to unsuspecting dreamers who feel they've struck it rich with an opportunity that may never leave ground zero for a long, long time.

The variables involved in startup land are so immense that your odds of striking the pot of gold are so stacked against you, that you are unlikely to ever see the promised land. In return, you earn the right to work long hours at offshore wages, for a piece of paper that appears to suggest you're rich before you realize it's no different than fiat money which isn't backed by anything. Instead, you're holding an expensive piece of paper filled with hopeless belief!

I remember one scenario where the founder was smashing walls in the offices out of sheer anger because "a friend" chose not to take his salary offer (which was higher than the poor souls who didn't know the founder) because his wife said he couldn't leave his stable, well-paid position at a larger financial institution. So instantly, the founder cursed him and his wife and called him a "loser". Is that really a friend? Sounds like a maniac to me.

Avery's startup flags are the funniest things I've ever read! As mentioned elsewhere, you "really do" begin to feel sorry for the author for red flags experienced and wonder how the hell can one person face so much bad luck until you discover you're looking at yourself in the mirror for experiencing the same bad luck! It's then that you realize that the problem is endemic to an "industry of promise".
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By Hagan on February 20, 2012
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This was almost painful to read at times. If you've worked in a start up or tech...even worse a tech start up, the author shares your pain as he shares his own experiences. Well written and literally "laugh out loud" funny at times. I felt the prose was a little weird at times and the formatting could have been better...that's the only reason I didn't give it five stars. Well worth the price and that comment was really for the author so those things can be cleaned up if he writes another book.

Thoroughly enjoyable read filled with clarity and humor.
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By Denver on February 14, 2012
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Hahahaha... Love your observation or may be experience. I have seen similar situations at various startups. Your experiences are so relevant to mine.

Must acknowledge that it's a great book to read, especially if you going to experience your first adventure, this will guide you about what to expect. I wish, I could have read this before my startup experience '... HIGHLY RECOMMENDED...
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By dabrooker on February 13, 2012
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So, this is a great read! Avery wanted to make a dent in the illusion that is deeply prevalent in the start up community- that we are guaranteed success... if you are in a start-up, or thinking about taking that path this could be really helpful - even in helping to build out your contract. Long hours, underpaid, but you get a ping pong table. HA!
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