- Series: Books for Professionals by Professionals
- Paperback: 440 pages
- Publisher: Apress; 1st Corrected ed., Corr. 2nd printing edition (April 6, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1430219858
- ISBN-13: 978-1430219859
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,962,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Web Startup Success Guide (Books for Professionals by Professionals) 1st Corrected ed., Corr. 2nd printing Edition
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About the Author
Bob Walsh is the founder of 47Hats, a consulting firm/blog/startup dedicated to helping startups succeed, the author of Micro-ISV: From Vision to Reality, podcaster-in-chief of the Startup Success Podcast, co-moderator of the Joel on Software's Business of Software forum, and creator of StartupToDo.com, a online productivity app and community for startup and microISVs. At his company, Safari Software, Inc., Bob was a contract software developer for more than 20 years before launching, selling and ultimately selling off a Windows personal task manager commercial application. Before getting into information technology, Walsh was a reporter for several news organizations, the most worth bragging about being United Press International (UPI).
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I really liked that the book is extremely relevant. It provides information that is current - and has a whole list of great suggested sites and services to help you in getting your business up and running.
Overall, I definitely recommend it! The only downside in my opinion was too much coverage of VC and Angel funding.
But that is very misleading - beneath the covers, the book is a lively and contemporary narrative that should help young start-ups with some practical tips and useful tools. The book is up-to-date with current trends, and has a healthy amount of advice on topics such as social media and other recent game-changers.
Included in the mix are verbatim interviews with some industry experts, which I particularly enjoyed. The book is written in an easy-going, friendly style with some subtle humor that I am sure will resonate with most readers.
Some entrepreneurs are naturally gifted; others strike it lucky, but most of us need some help along the way. If you are thinking about a start-up or are in the early stages of getting your start-up going, this book will make a useful, modern and up-to-date addition to your arsenal of start-up literature.
I'm working on a web app on the side myself ([...]), and I've already implemented a bunch of suggestions, such as adding [...] for customer feedback and [...] for quick and low-cost recorded user tests. Bob also gets heavily into using social media, blogging, streamlining your home page, productivity, etc. I have about 30 dog ears in the book right now that I need to get moving on.
And don't take Bob's word for it. A big part of this book (maybe 20%?) is a bunch of interviews. Mainly by those who have made a web startup successful themselves. I'm currently a solo boostrapper myself, but one chapter gets into the details of funding if you need it.
Also check out Bob's blog/podcast at [...] and his companion service to the book: [...] (which I'm also a member of).
It's really up todate (printed in April). I've learned a lot of Windows Azure, Microsoft Bizspark, Scrum'd, GetSatisfaction, TimeRescue and more. I bought 6 exemplars and have given it away to people connected to my startup project [...].
Bob Walsh excels in his writing. [...].
Just get it!
No real help, too long to be read in a spare time, typographic quality is too low. I'm deeply disappointed with this book.