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

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  • File Size: 182 KB
  • Print Length: 54 pages
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  • Publication Date: February 12, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078IO4CW
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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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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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I've never worked for a tech start-up, but I have friends who have. I always thought their complaints were a little too much until I read "100 Red Flags"... and I thought I knew what dysfunctional office environments could be like.

Avery Bond is obviously uttering a real cri de cour, and is sounding a warning for other mad optimists embarking on their own routes to fame and fortune. One gets the distinct impression this was written as a rant, but it is a very good rant... authentic, original and very, very funny.

Ian Fleming once said that he could never write about some of the real spy stories and commando operations that he knew of for his James Bond stories, because nobody would believe them to be possible. This doesn't seem to have stopped Bond, Avery Bond. Experience does teach that truth can be much stranger than fiction, and this book is about hard-earned experience.
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Been there, Done that, Got the worthless stock options....

I bought this book on a whim and glad (I think) I did. Like a good catharsis, this book reads like being in the trenches.. the mud, blood and guts of the modern technology startup. Pressed white shirts and espresso machines in the break-room cannot compensate for the utter doom of the chaos and mayhem of a dysfunctional workplace.

Captures the gestalt of failed dreams and dashed expectations. My experience reading this book brings back a flood of memories. And while I've moved on to better places this reminded me of that crazy train....
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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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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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As someone who has worked for a startup in Canada, I couldn't put it down. One example after another, I laughed about how accurate it described my personal experience....63 of the 100 listed were bang on for me.

Whether you're an ex-startup employee, ever been interested in getting a behind-the-scenes look, or if you're working for a startup now (most relevant), you'll want to buy this bad boy. At $0.99 it's a steal. Well done Avery Bond!
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