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Top Customer Reviews
The not too seriously part is the writing and the story. It is fun, funny, and zips along. The cultures of Silicon Valley and Boston are painted with love and then nicely skewered to pop their pretensions. The protagonist is quirky and texturally rich; some of the supporting characters read a bit like they are from central casting but, no matter, this book is an enjoyable and energizing read.
Founders Less Than 3 is a fun read with witty characters, you'll like it!
I want to run off and join a startup in Kendall Square - however, I'm a "girl" and although there's clearly room for me in Founders less than 3, I still probably need to find a chair to steal from the boys' table in Kendall Square. I am glad to see, though, that this book has put a big smear of lipstick on the glass ceiling.
I'm looking forward to the next book. I'm sure there's a film brewing, I'm certain of that. As the title of my review says, don't wait for the movie - you'll miss the deliciousness and rhythm of the writing.
Oh, also, great Kindle pricing - more generosity!
We follow the romantic and business travails of the soon-to-be-divorced heroine who, having been newly accepted to a prestigious startup competition/accelerator, is trying to make a new life for herself. The book is fast-paced, gives solid startup advice (I've been to demo days and conferences where the same advice was presented by seasoned founders), and the sex scenes are steamy enough to satisfy anyone's beach reading requirements. "Celery" the accelerator also shows a very diverse class of startups - something you might find in a well-curated accelerator, but not often enough in many of the real-life accelerators I have seen. This viewpoint, and startups in general, is an area romantic fiction hasn't explored with any depths and Tucker is bravely forging ahead into new territory.
My only criticism is that due to its many goals - present a women-centered startup experience, have a fun romance story, and explore entrepreneurship within a city many don't realize has a thriving startup scene... work against each other. At times the book suffers from a tone-choppiness, in that to keep it light, Monica can't really fully experience the downs of her impending divorce on the heels of her husband's infidelity, and some of the things her married romantic interest says (he's French) seems like they'd give her pause, if only because her own bad experience was so recent. But in best romantic fiction style, she recovers with aplomb.Read more ›
Halley was kind enough to hand out some advance copies and I was lucky enough to get one. Further, last week, sitting in Woods Hole, I wanted a beach book. And imagine my delight at the chapter set in Woods Hole; I think I am probably the first reader to read the Woods Hole chapter while in Woods Hole.
What do I want in a beach book? I want something light, contemporary, and a smidgeon exotic. Light means that I don't lose my place when my six-year-old disrupts the reading, as she will at the beach, and that I can finish it in a couple of sittings (on the beach). Founders <3: yes and yes. Contemporary means that it says something about how we live now. It is hard to get more contemporary than a book set in 2012 and on the barest verge of being published. Exotic means outside of my particular world. The startup world is not quite my world, though I have friends in it, and I welcomed the chance to enter it as a "participant" for a little while.
Founders <3 is a bit more than that too. Halley uses this book to say something about women in the tech world and in startup culture. Monica, the protagonist, is believable and sympathetic, though she comes across as younger than her thirty-two -- but then American culture is like that. The lessons are important, integrated, and subtle, and not didactic (except for Risa's chapter). The examination of the culture at work is clear, but not overwhelming. Women in the field will read it and say, "yes!" Many men will, I'm afraid, largely ignore it or slag it, which will only confirm what Halley has written.
There were enough additional, untold stories that I wish the book was longer. I wanted to get to know several characters better: Puff, Ranji, and Sanjay; Slava and Irina; Suzy and Chris, and Jean-Claude's team. And Marshall's team is worthy of a whole book of their own.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A fun, quick, and witty read – Halley does not disappoint. I flew through this book on a flight from Boston to SFO (couldn’t put it down! Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amy
I really enjoyed this book. It moved along, covered an unusual topic (a novel about startups!), was fun and sexy. Read morePublished on May 11, 2014 by Lucy Gibson
Reading Halley's book reminded me of our time at TechStars. I love her focus on an utopian startup accelerator with half of the founders being women. Read morePublished on April 4, 2014 by Dee
It was interesting but the editing left much to be desired and she dropped the ball on the tech storyline and seemed to focus more on the romance as the book progressed.Published on November 13, 2013 by Crow's Way
I loved this book! The plot steams forward like a train, propelled by the development and pitch process itself and the delicious interplay between the characters, both personally... Read morePublished on November 7, 2013 by Renee Hopkins
This book passed my "I enjoyed reading it" test - I looked forward to getting to bed at night to read it. Read morePublished on November 5, 2013 by Bela Labovitch
I am interested in women in I.T. because I'm concerned that there aren't enough. I'm old enough to appreciate how as children, girls were not encouraged to pursue subjects like... Read morePublished on October 7, 2013 by writersMAMA
Great startup environment descriptions bring the reader into that wild world. Who know it could be so personal and more...Published on September 28, 2013 by Marc Schultz
Monica is a very admirable character, the kind of woman any woman would want to befriend. I love that she's generous with her fellow competitors and wants others to succeed, but at... Read morePublished on September 23, 2013 by Avid Reader
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