- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Lisa Hagan Books (September 19, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0976498634
- ISBN-13: 978-0976498636
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 66 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,085,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Build The Fort: Why 5 Simple Lessons You Learned as a 10 year-old Can Set You Up for Startup Success Paperback – September 19, 2015
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About the Author
Chris Heivly is one of the nation’s leading experts in how to turn startups into multimillion-dollar companies and has been dubbed the “Startup Whisperer.” For over 30 years, Heivly has worked at the highest levels for some of the world’s most recognized brands, including MapQuest, Rand McNally, and Accenture. He has also personally directed over $75 million in investment capital on behalf of these and other companies. Heivly currently serves as one of two managing directors of The Startup Factory, the largest seed investment firm in the Southeast.
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I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is itching to turn their dreams into reality via the start-up route. I particularly recommend it for those starting a tech venture. That's Chris's personal background and it shines through clearly in the book, although I'm sure the lessons will be of great value to anyone starting anything - a bakery, a social movement, a you-tube channel, or a B2B software company. It even gave me some new thoughts on how test an idea that's been bouncing around in my head at nearly zero cost. Can't wait to try it!
Having constructed several forts in my youth with my pals, I found this book to be intriguing, reflective, pragmatic, and ultimately a very resourceful guide for my own journey as an entrepreneur. I highly recommend this book for anyone involved in start-up and early stage businesses.
Although intended for startups, I was reminded that a lot of his advice applies to later stage young companies as well, with a tutorial on networking and good perspective on seeking funding. The best parts for me where the glimpses of his own career (I hope he will consider more of the inside stories for a next book) and his laser focused un-varnished thoughts on what he looks for when considering new investments.
This book is a classic example of all that's good about America. It is a perfect reflection of the humility and generosity that Chris Heivly projects in person combined with actionable stories that at their core understand what's important in life from family and friends to work life balance, and now giving back to others who dream about making it big and building the best fort (or your equivalent) ever.
I really like two things about the book:
1) The fort metaphor is more than just a cute story - it's actually a nice, practical methodology that makes sense. It's appealing on an intuitive level (who didn't love building forts as a kid??) - but also the steps socializing the idea, building a team, gathering assets, setting short term (3 month) goals, and then getting started - provide a simple but effective structure that is really practical.
2) It's not longer than it needs to be. Most business books seem like 50-100 pages of good content (if that much), and then another 150 pages just to make it seem "substantial". This book is direct and to the point - without wasting the reader's time.