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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Building Bloch Books (February 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615576451
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615576459
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,613,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Identifies companies that are disrupting traditional industries... [Author Doreen Bloch] uncovered 7 common characteristics of the most successful startups..." -- DARYL BERNSTEIN, Chief Executive Officer of RightSignature

About the Author

Doreen Bloch is a startup expert, entrepreneur and author in New York City (via Silicon Valley). Doreen is the author of The Coolest Startups in America, and the co-founder of an early-stage technology startup. She is a graduate of the Haas School of Business undergraduate program at the University of California, Berkeley where she was awarded the Jack Larson Fellowship for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Doreen is a member of the Young Entrepreneur Council. Doreen's work has been featured by The New York Times, Inc.com, Under30CEO, Fox Buisness, The Huffington Post, Forbes, Forbes Women, Women 2.0, MSN's Business on Main, Feministing, Girls in Tech, The Daily Muse & more.

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Very well written and very informational.
Simon B.
The Coolest Startups in America is a well-written and extensively researched account of the coolest, most innovative, startups around!
Tai V.
I'd definitely recommend this book for anyone interested in startups, whether they know a lot about it or not already.
Jonathan

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By reader! on February 15, 2012
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This book is the first one of its kind and must read! It indeed provides a wonderful introduction to the world of startups! It is well written,right to the point and entertaining. It describes not only the individual startups but explains the processes all startups go through to make them successful.
The selection of the startups in the book spans many industries, its current and therefore gives the reader a great opportunity to open the eyes to the technological advencements created daily by the founders and visioneries that run those startup companies. The book is very easy to understand, its witty as well as it is well researched by the author. I recommend it to anybody who wants to see how the technology world will impact each and every one of us now and in the very near future, and it is a great tool for graduating university students to reasearch possibilities for employment and/or intership. I also would recommend the book for enterpreners, investors, business people and young and old alike to get the first hand knowledge of the most current technology. I recommend this book and give it a 5 stars!!!It can make a great gift!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dan D on April 22, 2012
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Disclosure: my startup is covered in the book.

Coolest Startups is the first hard-cover startup catalog. The language is witty, the puns are fun, and the graphics are neat. For the outsider, it's a fantastic book, showcasing some of the most interesting startups in the US (plus three from outside the US).

If you are actually in the startup scene, you'll notice that the book is superficial in parts. The most glaring error I found was about Bespoke Innovations - they don't do prosthetic legs; instead the do only covers for prosthetic limbs. This should have been obvious to the author, who marvels at one point in Chapter 65 that the cost is only a few hundred dollars. This is a completely unrealistic price point for a prosthesis, and in fact Bespoke's website lists prices around $3000.

Other than that, the book is a quick and useful read, and you may fund out about a few useful startups you hadn't heard before: TaskRabbit, RentAStudent, Second Market, Axial Market, askSunday etc. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AS on April 27, 2012
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This is really a very creatively written book, and is extremely informative without being 'heavy'. From the first word to the last, the author's enthusiasm and sincerity come through very clearly. I seldom, if ever, write a review but a book like this, and a young author like her, are too compelling. Highly recommended for anyone who has even the remotest interest in understanding start-ups -- from an unique angle.
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By Tai V. on February 29, 2012
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The Coolest Startups in America is a well-written and extensively researched account of the coolest, most innovative, startups around! Accessible to everyone, even those with little business or finance experience, this book offers incredible insight into the entrepreneurial world. As someone with little background in business, I was pleasantly surprised to find this book not only approachable but extremely interesting as well! This book, offers even the least knowledgable, the opportunity to learn about some of the best-and most useful-startups available! For anyone interested in innovation, creativity, and the next-best-thing, this book is a must-read! Doreen Bloch not only writes in an approachable way (making this information both easy to understand and exciting to read), her personality shines through, making it feel as though a friend is guiding you the entire way. I could not give this book a higher rating or a more glowing recommendation. It is an important, innovative and interesting read and should absolutely be on the top of everyone's "must read" list!
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The formatting of the kindle version is a bit messed up, and it needs some editing in some parts, but aside from that it's a great book. The selection and sorting of startups works, and it has just enough information on each one.

I think there is a mathematical error in one of the parts though, I think where the guy uses is Square account to give himself a cash advance. He says that this is cheaper then getting a cash advance on his credit card the usual way, which would cost him 20%. But if he swipes his credit card on his own Squareup.com account, won't have have to pay the 2% or so interchange fee on the amount, and then have to pay the advance back in a month? 2% over about 30 days or so is actually worse than 20% isn't it? Anyways, that's a minor point. Great book!
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By Danika P. on February 21, 2012
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Coolest Startups in America provides a perfect overview of the startup landscape, summarizing the most noteworthy companies in each industry, with a lot of interesting excerpts directly from the CEOs and founders themselves. Really enjoyed the first-person narrative straight from the people behind the startups, combined with the concise and engaging summaries of the key startups to know about. I also generally feel more well-versed in the current trends, vocab, and inner workings of the startup world.

Overall, it was a quick, entertaining and informative read. Pretty Cool, indeed!
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More About the Author

Doreen Bloch is an entrepreneur, startup expert, and author in New York City (via Silicon Valley). She is the author of The Coolest Startups in America, and the co-founder of an early-stage technology startup.

Doreen is a graduate of the Haas School of Business undergraduate program at the University of California, Berkeley where she was awarded the Jack Larson Fellowship for Entrepreneurship & Innovation. She is also a member of the Young Entrepreneur Council.

Doreen's work has been featured by The New York Times, Inc.com, Under30CEO, Fox Business, The Huffington Post, Forbes, Forbes Women, Women 2.0, MSN's Business on Main, Feministing, Girls in Tech, The Daily Muse & more.

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