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Founders Less Than Three (Founders < 3 Book 1) by [Tucker, Halley Suitt ]
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About the Author

Halley Suitt Tucker is an early blogger, a former startup CEO, a TechStars alum, and a community moderator for Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch's APE (Author, Publisher and Entrepreneur) Community on Google+. She's the author of Does This Startup Make Me Look Fat. She did a successful Kickstarter program to crowdfund this book. She's been published in Harvard Business Review and Penthouse Magazine and appeared on Oprah!

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  • File Size: 755 KB
  • Print Length: 347 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Sutherland Press (August 12, 2013)
  • Publication Date: August 12, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EIV13H6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,081,558 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By E. McNulty on August 14, 2013
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This novel takes the start up world seriously...but not too seriously. The serious side centers on the challenge of women trying to make it in the male-dominated tech world. They often aren't taken seriously. A savvy VC could likely make a bundle only investing in female initiated ideas because they are undervalued.

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.
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I love it! The characters are rich and detailed and the heroine of the story is very multi-faceted, though she's frequently dealing with rather one-dimensional people who underestimate her. This story, this journey, had me laughing on every single page. Also, if you are from or have lived in Silicon Valley or Boston, this story will touch even closer to home!
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Loved it. Some parts of my life flashed before my eyes as I read this. You'll learn more about tech startups by reading this novel than by reading most books of the so-called experts.
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A glimpse inside the entrepreneurial lifestyles in Silicon Valley and Boston through the eyes of a sexy startup gal. Leaving behind sunshine and a cushy life in California, Monica is now on her own and it's up to her to make this new life work. What will she say and do to get her start up in the accelerator program? Read it and find out.

Founders Less Than 3 is a fun read with witty characters, you'll like it!
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Folks who know the Kendall Square area of Cambridge with its co-working spaces and startup accelerators will nod at all the references and allusions (even notable tech writer Scott Kirsner of the Boston Globe shows up in the text!)

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.
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To repeat a theme on this comment board, this is a really fun read and Halley Suitt Tucker clearly had fun writing it. I laughed out loud more times than I can count. What's even more remarkable about Founders less than 3, besides the clever graphics in the title and the fact that this book was able to make me laugh (I'm kind of a dud so it's a rare find) is the really wonderful writing - where does someone learn how to do this? I can only describe it as a great gift to us, and the author has given generously of that. I live in Cambridge but if I didn't, I'd want to move here. It's the first time I've read a story that takes place in my hometown and even part of the steamy story takes place in my neighborhood of Porter Square.

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!
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And I know this because I read Founders <3 on the beach.

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.
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