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On Startups: Advice and Insights for Entrepreneurs [Kindle Edition]

Dharmesh Shah
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Book Description

Note from the Author

Hi, my name is Dharmesh, and I’m a startup addict. And, chances are, if you’re reading this, you have at least a mild obsession as well.

This book is based on content from the blog. The story behind how the blog got started is sort of interesting—but before I tell you that story, it’ll help to understand my earlier story.

As a professional programmer, I used to work in a reasonably fun job doing what I liked to do (write code). Eventually, I got a little frustrated with it all, so at the ripe old age of 24, I started my first software company. It did pretty well. It was on the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing companies three times. It reached millions of dollars of sales and was ultimately acquired.

I ran that first company for over 10 years working the typical startup hours. When I sold that company, I went back to school to get a master’s degree at MIT. I’ve always enjoyed academics, and I figured this would be a nice “soft landing” and give me some time to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. As part of my degree requirements, I had to write a graduate thesis. I titled my thesis “On Startups: Patterns and Practices of Contemporary Software Entrepreneurs.” And, as part of that thesis work, I wanted to get some feedback from some entrepreneurs. So, I figured I’d start a blog. I took the first two words of the thesis title, “On Startups,” discovered that the domain name was available, and was then off to the races. The blog was launched on November 5, 2005.

Since then, the blog and associated community have grown quite large. Across Facebook, LinkedIn, and email subscribers, there are over 300,000 people in the audience.

This book is a collection of some of the best articles from over 7 years of The articles have been topically organized and edited. I hope you enjoy them.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2604 KB
  • Print Length: 231 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Hyperink (December 2, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I follow Dharmesh's blog religiously. His start-up advice and insights have been very practical, hands on info. He doesn't mince words. Dharmesh knows start-up ecosystem inside out. He is generous in sharing the info in lucid and interesting language. Most important for me, his posts are written in humorous language which makes it an easy read of otherwise very serious contents.

Most people who have been through few start-ups have probably experienced many of the advice firsthand or know about it. I find it very useful to use the material as reference (a subset of my check list) when I am brainstorming about a particular topic.

The current book is compilation of his many selected blog posts over years. You will find 360 degree advice on topics as diverse as finding co-founder chemistry (which most first time co-founders fail to appreciate) to how to avoid pit falls in software development projects.

Since the information is divided into "10 minute" chapters, a busy start-up player will be easily able to find time to read them. Feel free to read the chapters in any order you like unless they are on the same topic e.g. co-founders in which case you are better off reading those related chapters in sequence.
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Strongly recommended for all those who are ready to start or in the trenches. Great check list even for the ones who came out successfully some years ago and looking to start again. Handy compendium to get a firm grasp of entrepreneurship best and next practices
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Advice & Insights for Entrepreneurs March 9, 2013
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I have been a devotee of all of Dharmesh Shah's publications. Anything I read by him is either a welcome validation of what I am doing or a great Aha!.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for startups January 25, 2013
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Really Good read with the hard questions you have to ask your team upfront and a lot of practical help.
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More About the Author

Dharmesh is the founder and CTO of HubSpot. HubSpot provides marketing and sales software. The company, headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has over 11,000 customers in 70 countries.

He developed - a free suite of online tools for marketing.

Dharmesh also authors, a top-ranking startup blog with over 400,000 members in its online community. He is an active member of the Boston area entrepreneurial community and a frequent speaker on the topic of startups and internet marketing.

Dharmesh has a B.S. in Computer Science from UAB and an M.S. in the Management of Technology from MIT.

He can be found on Twitter at


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