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No Exit: Struggling to Survive a Modern Gold Rush (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Gideon Lewis-Kraus
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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Book Description

For the founders of a San Francisco startup called Boomtrain, time is running out. They're burning through cash, sales have stalled, and investors are nowhere to be found. Welcome to the reality of the new tech boom. Sure, it has produced its glittering share of billion-dollar "exits." But for the vast majority of startups life is nasty, brutish, and short on glamour.

NO EXIT explores the feverish world of company founders who are desperately trying to keep their dream afloat. It’s a harrowing and hilarious look at the Silicon Valley no one sees. This is an extended version of a story that appears in the May 2014 issue of WIRED magazine.


Product Details

  • File Size: 763 KB
  • Print Length: 48 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JNZRKAQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,934 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent account of starting a modern tech company April 21, 2014
Having founded a few tech startups, this is an excellent account of a modern partnership trying to survive. The perspective and insight from Gideon is spot on.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inside the belly of the Silicon Valley Beast April 21, 2014
A business horror story that keeps you hooked til the end - harrowing, thrilling reading that makes you very, very glad you are not a San Francisco entrepreneur.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read- I couldn't put it down April 19, 2014
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Anyone looking to start a company or interested in entrepreneurship should read this book. It’s extremely entertaining, with many laugh out loud moments. It is also frighteningly accurate in its depiction of the start up life. I read this in one sitting, and highly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I've covered a lot of startups as a trade reporter, and this is the best narrative I've ever read on the subject.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Read April 22, 2014
By Maddie
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This was an amazing story I couldn't stop reading. It should be required reading for anyone considering becoming an entrepreneur.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read for any entrepreneur. May 21, 2014
By Abhimir
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A detailed view on the 'real' Silicon Valley, and how it is not always billion dollar exits. Interesting read for any entrepreneur.
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By Berry
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I loved reading through this article (in book form), it shows part of the startup world that is normally hidden from most of us.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reads like a Wired article May 4, 2014
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This is an entertaining read and it's realistic in that it helps you understand that many start-ups fail, and more importantly, there is just a lot of confusion and dashed hopes, and not a sudden or conclusive "You've failed and here is why." It's not all doom and gloom, but it's definitely not the motivational book you normally see on start-ups saying "Be your own boss, make a billion dollars, all you need to do is quit your job now!"

There isn't a strong story-line or point to this read. This is short for a book, but long for a magazine article. It very much reads like a Wired article (which it was based on). It's an easy read to pass time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars quick read, good allegory, deceptively deep message
The book chronicles the lives of two entrepreneurs who are building a company (or trying to, but for the almost ever-present need to fund-raise). Read more
Published 9 days ago by Sid Mofya
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for the audience interested in the startup world.
Quick short read. Offers good advice from the experience of the characters in regards to the startup world. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Russell B
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It was a great read, not too long and not too short, great story overall.
Published 24 days ago by Henry Chen
5.0 out of 5 stars It's true ....it's so true
it's a perfect account of the present state of the bay area start up scene. I would be laughing if I wasn't crying along with it...
Published 27 days ago by Vivace
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story
Excellent profile on some of the most pertinent business phenomenona of our times. Relevant to anyone who is tempted by the Silicon Valley startup dream.
Published 1 month ago by Atteb Reghaset
5.0 out of 5 stars The Struggle of Silicon Valley Hopefuls.
I don't have too much to say in terms of review beyond that this is a well-written extended magazine article that will introduce readers to the scenarios and lingo apparent to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Zachary Thomas
2.0 out of 5 stars If you want to be a high-tech entrepreneur, don’t read this. Or should...
Is this a strange time or am I growing old? The point is my recent readings were not optimistic views of high-tech entrepreneurship or of Silicon Valley. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Herve Lebret
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but would like a longer story
This is a short read but interesting in so much as it gives insight into Silicon Valley entrepreneur struggle. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Darrell Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Meh
For a dollar. It's worth it. But it reads like a prolonged wired article, one that goes on too long. A good article but not fantastic. The author came in biased and left unchanged
Published 2 months ago by S. Kravet
4.0 out of 5 stars Silicon Valley start-ups explained
I've always been curious when I read that some silicon valley start-up received X million dollars in venture capital. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Paul Isaac
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