- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Vermilion; 39473rd edition (March 1, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0091929784
- ISBN-13: 978-0091929787
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,152 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The authors give you guidance and some strategy on the approach of running a business as a starter (not a startup). It's based on experience with some references, but it is not a theoretical book.
They deliberately defy all the stereotypical actions associated with startups, and for good reason. Drawing on their own successful experiences, they want you to actually give it a go.
I would recommend it as a light read for people running as a Micro-ISV software business, and a how to avoid the classic mistakes. Alot of classic mistakes new starters will make. There is no single way to run the business nor get started. And this is what they explain.
The authors cover all the major aspects of running a micro-ISV, from thinking about your product, to having meetings, making decisions, to getting more people. All of it is quite sensible and very practical. I wouldn't say it's revolutionary, but I found it re-assuring to read and then compare to the way I am doing things, basically helped motivate me to keep going.
The only drawback is that it is a little too anecdotal and don't find that it's gonna turn me into the next Jeff Bezo's, it's more in the lines of operational advice. It's all about execution not trying to find a good idea.
So, in summary, it's a good book to help overcome any mental roadblocks you may have created for yourself in the anxiety about whether to invest time and sweat in starting a small business. I recommend it as a buy.
To say it's a short book is an understatement. This is pretty much it:
Simplicity is the only winning formula.
Don't hire until quality falls.
A successful private company can get by with very few employees by outsourcing utility functions (details on this may be in their other book)
Meetings are bad, but distributed teams need to get together every three months or so. Evidently whatever those teams do together is not "meeting". Whatever "meeting" is.
True productivity works with a balanced 45-50 hour week -- but when you're doing a startup you should sacrifice sleep and keep your day job.
You can make money by reselling the detritus of corporate activity, like this book.
Cash flow is king, be positive early.
Build enough to sell, then build what you need to keep selling.
Customers can't tell you what they need.
Don't fear customers graduating from your services (but I wager they don't make it easy for customers to migrate their data).
Don't surrender ownership early -- wait until you're a proven company.
Only hire talented writers - regardless of the position
The book isn't worthless. About two thirds of it feels right, which is better than the average business book. On the other hand, I don't buy average business books.
I'd recommend a pass on this one. Do pick it up at the library or a used book store. $8 would be a fair price.
(Review copied from my Gordon's Notes blog.)
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