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No Exit: Struggling to Survive a Modern Gold Rush (Kindle Single) by [Lewis-Kraus, Gideon]
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  • File Size: 750 KB
  • Print Length: 48 pages
  • Publication Date: April 13, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JNZRKAQ
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This is an entertaining read and it's realistic in that it helps you understand that many start-ups fail, and more importantly, there is just a lot of confusion and dashed hopes, and not a sudden or conclusive "You've failed and here is why." It's not all doom and gloom, but it's definitely not the motivational book you normally see on start-ups saying "Be your own boss, make a billion dollars, all you need to do is quit your job now!"

There isn't a strong story-line or point to this read. This is short for a book, but long for a magazine article. It very much reads like a Wired article (which it was based on). It's an easy read to pass time.
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Anyone looking to start a company or interested in entrepreneurship should read this book. It’s extremely entertaining, with many laugh out loud moments. It is also frighteningly accurate in its depiction of the start up life. I read this in one sitting, and highly recommend it.
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Is this a strange time or am I growing old? The point is my recent readings were not optimistic views of high-tech entrepreneurship or of Silicon Valley. I just think of
- Horowitz’s The Hard Thing about hard Things,
- Morozov’s To Save Everything, Click Here (which is so negative, I have not written a post yet!)
- HBO’s Silicon Valley – nice & funny but slightly depressing.
In a way there’s always been creations which were not absolutely optimistic, but there was always some positive point. I think of
- Bronson’s The First $20 Million Is Always The Hardest,
- Edwards’ I’M Feeling Lucky – Falling On My Feet in Silicon Valley,
- the very good Harboe Schmidt’s The Ultimate Cure or
- even very short and funny The Anorexic Startup by Mike Frankel.

Now I just read No Exit, Struggling to Survive a Modern Gold Rush by Gideon Lewis-Kraus. The passion, the excitement have disappeared. The entrepreneurs are honest enough to show they are exhausted. And the gold rush again will have more casualties than winners. I initially thought it was a fiction, but the author is a journalist for Wired. That’s why my initial reaction was it’s not a good work, I could not see the style, the rythm. After I understood it was not fiction, I was less negative, thought it’s not the best document I’ve read. But here are some interesting quotes/lessons:

“The Valley has successfully elaborated the fantasy that entrepreneurship – and, more broadly, creativity – can be systemized; this is the basic promises of accelerators (Ycombinator et al.) that success in the startup game can be not only taught but rationalized, made predictable.
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Having founded a few tech startups, this is an excellent account of a modern partnership trying to survive. The perspective and insight from Gideon is spot on.
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I don't know how much of this is really like doing a start-up in Silicone Valley, but it was an interesting read. I certainly got the impression that it was very much like the real thing though. Actually it felt so real that it was scary. I guess I'm not cutout for that world.

If you every thought you might want to do a Tech startup, read this book first.
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This is a short read but interesting in so much as it gives insight into Silicon Valley entrepreneur struggle. You follow a startup through its process of founding and funding and continual struggle for survival. In addition, the author talks with others that are working their way through various stages of forming companies or reaching burnout and moving to more traditional jobs.

I enjoyed the book but wished that it might be a little longer.
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I seldom give 5 stars. This book was deserving. It's the untold story of what it really means to be an entrepenuar. Most start ups fail. At the very least they have horrendous struggles. Even then they usually fail. This book explores the dark side.

It helps that it's a really well written book.
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Having been in a startup myself, Boomtrain's experience resonated a lot to my own. The sacrifice, pain, hardships and joys in being part of a startup journey is in this short book. I'm aware that this is a Wired article also published online but bought this for a 4 hour plane ride and really enjoyed this.
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