Whatever industry you may be involved inwhether it be architecture, medicine, or technologyscaling up your business can be one of the most difficult endeavors you may ever face. And in most cases, as the company grows, so will your role in it. Being a CEO is an incredibly complex job at any size company, but it can be especially challenging if you're part of a startup. In this case, you really don't have the luxury of making costly mistakes while learning on the job.
Back in 1999, author Matt Blumberg, a technology and marketing entrepreneur started a company called Return Path that later became the driving force behind the creation of his blog, OnlyOncebecause "you're only a first-time CEO once." Now, with Startup CEOthe third book in the Startup Revolution seriesBlumberg shares his experiences that led up to that point and discusses the details of this extremely difficult and unique job. Whether you're currently the CEO of your own company, an aspiring entrepreneur, or thinking about your own career development, the insights found here will put you in a better position to succeed.
Divided into five comprehensive parts, this reliable resource skillfully puts the essential elements of this endeavor in perspectivefrom the startup stage, through the revenue stage, and into the growth stage. Along the way, you'll gain valuable knowledge on:
Startup CEO puts an emphasis on practical application. To that end, this book provides readers with exclusive access to a companion website filled with supplementary materials, allowing you to continue to learn in a hands-on fashion long after closing the book.
Being a startup CEO is one of the hardest jobs you'll ever have. But if you're motivated, creative, and enjoy building things, it's also the best job in the world. Startup CEO will show you what it takes to make it in this positionand while it may not have all the answers, it can help you figure out the questions you should always be asking.
Praise for Startup CEO
"One of the key principles of the Lean Startup movement is that entrepreneurship is management. In Startup CEO, Matt Blumberg provides a comprehensive guide to every facet of entrepreneurial management. An essential and practical guide for entrepreneurs everywhere."
—Eric Ries, author, The Lean Startup
"There's no silver bullet for building a great company. Startup CEO deciphers the challenging, complex, uncertain, and oftentimes lonely role of a first-time CEO without oversimplifying it."
—Ben Horowitz, cofounder and General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz
"I've been on Matt's board for more than a decade, and I've watched him develop into one of the finest CEOs I've had the pleasure to work with. With Startup CEO, Matt allows other entrepreneurs to profit from his years of experience and emulate his remarkable example."
—Fred Wilson, cofounder, Union Square Ventures
"There is the one-in-a-million company that catches lightning in a bottle and grows like a weed without care and feeding. For the rest of us, there's Startup CEO, the how-to manual for getting there the old-fashioned way. This book will be your coach, mentor, and advisor in any situation you or your company are likely to encounter."
—David Rosenblatt, CEO, 1stdibs
"Startup CEO is the definitive book for any CEO—first time or otherwise—of a high-growth company. While dozens of books have been written about starting businesses, it's time for entrepreneurs to focus on scaling them. Matt shows them how."
—Brad Feld, Managing Director, Foundry Group
As a first-time startup CEO, Matt Blumberg is essential reading.
As a side effect of the book, you get an inside look into Return Path and its culture, and it comes out as a pretty likeable company.
My favorite things about this book: * It's written in a pragmatic and engaging style, without jargon or filler.
I read Startup CEO when it first came out and am going through it again on audio during my LIRR commute. Solid work. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dave Garvey
If a book has one actionable idea, it's a great success. Matt Blumberg has provided a gold mine of ideas, at least to me. Thanks! Read morePublished 6 months ago by robnagler
Read this right away if you want to have a successful company. I found myself quoting section to my partners at our weekly meeting. Great BookPublished 6 months ago by Kevin B. Leigh
Excellent advice in a very digestible form. Matt turns his hard earned experience into useful insights for all execs. Well done Mr. Blumberg.Published 7 months ago by Jonathan D Shapiro
Matt does a great job at laying out a framework for attacking the various "jobs" that a CEO has, allowing the reader to learn from his experience in a way that can be... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Aaron Patterson