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"Is entrepreneurship in your blood? If yes, then this is your family album." - Peter Thum, founder and CEO, Fonderie 47; founder, Ethos Water
"The world needs more entrepreneurs. By taking the hard part of building a business so seriously, this book should help more people get to the fun part-success. David Kidder brings both a writer's mind and a startup veteran's urgency to an entertaining and useful trip inside the minds of today's most successful creators of organizations-both for profit and for purpose." - David Kirkpatrick, founder, host, and CEO, Techonomy Media; author of The Facebook Effect
"Kidder, a serial entrepreneur and bestselling author of the Intellectual Devotional series, has assembled what can best be described as the perfect coffee-table book of collective entrepreneurial wisdom. He set out to collect key ideas that have inspired the world's greatest entrepreneurs and asked a number of wunderkinds to explain "key practices, behaviors, and ideas" that allowed them to succeed. Aggregated, the critical ideas expressed are know thyself; keep the focus on your big ideas; build a painkiller, not a vitamin; be 10 times better than the competition; and be a monopolist. The participants-including such luminaries as Steve Case of AOL, Robin Chase of Zipcar, Scott Harrison of Charity: Water, Jay Walker of Priceline, Sara Blakely of Spanx, and many others-provide their advice in the form of a playbook and offer pearls of wisdom such as running lean, firing people when they lose faith in your ideas, and staying ahead of the game. The sheer range of projects and ideas makes this an inspiring look at the process behind the successful startup plan." - Publishers Weekly
"From technological entrepreneurs to social entrepreneurs, The Startup Playbook features important tips from top American innovators that will change the way you think about your job, your business, and maybe even your industry." - Alexis Maybank, cofounder and chief strategy officer, Gilt Groupe
"David Kidder writes from experience and passion about what it means to succeed from startup to successful enterprise. Whether old company or new, big or small, Kidder reminds us of the entrepreneurial spirit that can propel many great companies and nations." - Beth Comstock, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, GE
"Bravo! David Kidder's latest book is a gift to aspiring entrepreneurs. His interviews with our era's most successful startup players reveal what we need to know about turning dreams into businesses that last. Readers will benefit from the Playbook's practical advice and the inspiration in every story." - Wenda Harris Millard, president and COO, MediaLink; former co-CEO, Martha Stewart Living; former chief marketing officer, Yahoo
"David Kidder is a master at getting people to reveal themselves. These are all entrepreneurs I have heard from before, but David somehow got them to expose things about themselves-and to distill lessons from their experiences-which no one else has been able to do." - Laurel Touby, founder, www.mediabistro.com
"David Kidder has curated, aggregated, and synthesized an opus for the entrepreneur-whether current or aspiring. The openness with which these great entrepreneurs shared their experiences and insights is an invaluable asset conveniently packaged by Kidder. The Startup Playbook is not some trendy tech book that captures the zeitgeist of the moment, but rather a timeless, actionable reference tool to be read and re-read and kept within reach." - Terence Kawaja, founder and CEO, LUMA Partners
"By shedding light on the insights of top entrepreneurial minds, David Kidder breaks down the secrets to startup success in simple and actionable terms. The diverse mix of entrepreneurs and the thoughtfully posed questions make for an engaging and inspiring read." - Jennifer Fleiss, cofounder, Rent the Runway
David S. Kidder is a serial entrepreneur, co-author of the bestselling Intellectual Devotional books, and the recipient of the Ernst and Young's Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He lives in Westchester, New York, with his wife and three sons. His website can be found at www.thestartupplaybook.com
For the beginner entrepreneur, it is a useful tool as to wear to begin and they should go about thinking of the problems they are trying to solve. Read morePublished 1 month ago by John Huntinghouse
Very inspiring. I'll recommend this to anyone starting a biz, but also someone seeking life advice
Also, a work of art, great design
I recommend to all readers interested in business examples and advice.Published 2 months ago by Bartosz Michalak
As a business book I was expecting more. This is simply stroking a hunch of egos with a few relevant tidbits. Not worth the money or time to read.Published 3 months ago by Jimbob123
This book will convey ideas, stories and often controversial advice on how to succeed in business.
Startups are about brains, courage, luck and exuberance!
Gave this as a gift, my friend said she really enjoyed reading it!Published 6 months ago by Art And Science
The book is an easy read. The book give out all the right information. It makes easy to get a business stated.Published 8 months ago by Christopher Glines
after you read it you realize that entrepreneurs start small act fast.
not an entrepreneur guide but very helpful to read how other entrepreneurs managed it.