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  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (December 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430241403
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430241409
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,010,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Feinleib is an investor, adviser, and serial entrepreneur. As an entrepreneur and venture investor, he has been responsible for investments totaling more than $100 million. His passion for entrepreneurship goes back to his childhood when he started writing and selling software programs at age 12.�Feinleib later joined Microsoft, where he became the company�s youngest technical evangelist. He started four companies between then and 2005. One was acquired by Hewlett-Packard, another by Keynote Systems. After joining venture-capital firm Mohr Davidow in 2006, he became a general partner in 2009, where he led investments in consumer and software companies. In 2011, Feinleib�s love for entrepreneurship took him back to starting his own companies, while continuing to advise and invest in others.�Feinleib holds a master's in business administration from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a bachelor's degree from Cornell University, where he was a Kodak Scholar.�He is also an avid marathoner and violinist.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Epstein on January 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
As noted in the author bio, Mr. Feinleib has spent time on both sides of the table -- as an entrepreneur and as a venture investor -- and that dual perspective alone is an invaluable one for would-be entrepreneurs. Ever wonder why a potential investor refused you and chose someone else? Ever get funny looks from experienced executives when you asked what you were doing wrong? Mr. Feinleib lays out a clear checklist of "gotchas" to consider. Will this book make you a success? No. That's still up to you. But if you have the introspection and personal honesty to look in a mirror and say "is this me, am I making these mistakes", Mr. Feinleib's work provides an excellent self-help guide to asking and answering those questions. A strongly suggested read for any would-be entrepreneur!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Evgeni Stavinov on August 15, 2012
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I borrowed this book from a local library, but liked it so much that decided to buy a copy.

It's quite different from lots of other books covering similar topics. It's organized as a collection of 1-2 page articles or short case studies on what not to do when running a startup.
I've been working in the tech industry for over a decade, including a couple of successful Silicon Valley startups, and already encountered with most of the things mentioned in the book: lack of focus, when to pivot, avoiding small markets, product-market fit, turnover, lack of capital, etc. But still, it's convenient to have all that material available in a concise, structured, and easy-to-reference form.
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By C. Schneider on August 10, 2013
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This book could have been shortened to a few pages of bullet points. The author expects that you want to create the next billion dollar company and considers you less of an entrepreneur if that is not your desire.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rich on December 10, 2012
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A must read for anyone starting a business. I require my students to read it and strongly suggest that the entrepreneurs whom I coach read it. Follow the teachings of the book and you have a chance at success. Fail to follow and you'll have almost certain failure.
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