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Length: 466 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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  • File Size: 1461 KB
  • Print Length: 466 pages
  • Publication Date: May 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZULMR6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Studied advertising and computer science at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, graduates in 2011

- Y Combinator alumni from the Summer 2009 batch; cofounded GraffitiGeo, which was later acquired by Loopt in 2009.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Claudia on June 2, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is a great read for people interested in startups and entrepreneurship, it's essentially 30+ case studies of how the founders think about their companies, what types of challenges they deal with, how they emotionally deal with them, etc. These founders discuss current issues such as the difficulty of fundraising, particularly in a down economy such as the one recently in 2009. Some of the interviews are very personal and talk about topics of personal and emotional struggle for the founders, I was surprised to read how detailed many of these interviews were. There's something for everyone considering the breadth of topics discussed and the diverseness of the founders-GitHub for example has a very different perspective on raising money than most of the other founders interviewed.

The depth in the interviews is impressive. I'm subscribed to a lot of different online web sites and I haven't found many interviews that go into this amount of depth before, though Mixergy comes to mind when I think of interviews in similar formats. I was surprised to see that many of the founders don't consider themselves successful today. The quote about Dennis Crowley from Foursquare made me realize that most of these guys are hungry and many of them mentioned continuously setting their own bar for achievement higher as they continued to grow (Weebly comes to mind).

I really enjoyed reading this. Since a lot of these startups are still relatively young, I think it's going to be interesting to see how they progress and look back at the interviews a few years down the road from now when they've developed a bit further. These interviews seem to be done at the right time, when the founders are young (which also makes it easy to relate to) and before they hit their massive adoption curves (again, easy to relate to since many entrepreneurs are in the same stage).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sam Johnson on June 8, 2011
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This book helps not-yet-entrepreneurs understand what the process is really like. If you read stories about other entrepreneurs, you can get the sense that they always knew what they were doing, even though they were clueless at the time.

Interviewing a younger generation of founders really relates more the start ups young people will be starting now, rather than reading about jeff bezos, steve jobs, or bill gates.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ryan on May 30, 2011
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This book is a great source of information about how the founders of many successful startups think, how they responded to challenges, and insight into their personalities. A lot of startups face similar challenges, so if you're a founder (or an employee at a startup), learning from others can be very helpful. The book is easy to read in any order; each interview is self contained.

Founders at Work by Jessica Livingston, an earlier and fairly similar book, is also a great resource; Andrew Warner's Mixergy podcast is useful as well. If you are really interested in startups, I would suggest all three.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Keefe VINE VOICE on August 31, 2011
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This book is amazing, no wait, this book is freaking amazing. I really enjoyed reading the stories direct from the founders and startups, rather than the romanticized version TechCrunch and Mashable seem to spew. I highly recommend anyone thinking of launching a startup or in the process of running one to read this book. Why waste time and make mistakes these others write about so clearly? My personal favorite part was the tagging the author used. These tags such as "bootstrapped" or "YCombinator" allow the reader to quickly find a relevant story. While I do think you should read the entire book (lots of great information) its nice of the author to allow the reader to jump to a specific topic.

Now that i've finished reading the book I am actually retooling my own startup, based on the guidance that the founders of Grooveshark, GitHub and Wufoo provided.
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