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This review is from: Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days (Hardcover)
well, it's not really a book but series of stories...
this is a must read for anyone who wants or is in the process of starting a startup (mostly technology related). there are some amazing and sometime shocking stories from founders' perspective. i got the book few days ago and it's about 450 pages and haven't finish it yet. the good thing is that you can pick a chapter (each chapter is a founder's story) and read that one only. so far, i have read 8 of them so far.
hands-down, the hotmail story, told by Sabeer Bhatia, is the most amazing one. some very inspiring and sad conte-de-faits mostly involving valuation, term sheets, and legal matters. A must-read.
why did i give this great book 4 stars? i am not going to read all of those stories probably but out of those 9 i have read so far, some are a bit like a wired magazine type of stories: i-want-to-show-the-world-i-am-humble style or i-only-had-10-dollars-in-my-pocket-when-arrived-to-usa... although these stories have some elements of truth in them, they have been way exaggerated in the last 10 years. the other thing i didn't like was the fact that the title is not matching the content. i'm not exactly sure but out 32 chapters, 10 of so-called-founders are not founders but early employees. there is a distinct line between founders and early employees in term of equity, functions, early pitches, funding hassles, discipline and work ethic, connections, etc...
writer's questions were precise and inviting for discussion. i personally felt that it was watching a television interview.
kudos to the writer anyway. it's a very good book.