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Startup Weekend: How to Take a Company From Concept to Creation in 54 Hours Hardcover – November 8, 2011
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Good Ideas Need Great Talent: Pitch for Talent, Not for Funding 60 seconds is about the length of time you have in an elevator to explain the concept of your company to a total stranger (even less, if you get out on a lower floor). After that minute is up, you’ll start to lose someone’s attention. So it’s best to make those 60 seconds count: 5 to 10 seconds: Who are you? 10 to 20 seconds: What’s the problem your product/service solves? 10 to 20 seconds: What’s your solution? 5 to 10 seconds: Who do you need on your team? (See the graphic below for more information on each step)
This book is a powerful and valuable lesson in what can be achieved if you put the right people in the same room, with the intent of achieving a single goal. (Will Roney, Bookworm.73, January 2012)
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Top Customer Reviews
--A severe lack of depth, detail, or any useful information I couldn't find in 5 minutes using google.
--Cringeworthy cliches that are mostly mental masturbation for the authors (i.e. "In a world where trust is so rare, it's amazing that we can put on events globally").
--Inconsistent, choppy passages that fail to form a cohesive narrative.
This book is a total waste of money, and creates questions about the validity of Startup Weekend if this is the best book the founders could come up with.
To me, the book had a lot of cookie cut, theoretical information that you could find in any entrepreneurship 101 textbook on starting a business but lacked depth.
The ideas presented are short. For instance, the first two are action-based networking and the 60-second pitch. Great place to begin for a startup, but after the chapter titles are in place the authors then write about how these things are accomplished at Startup Weekend. Stories about different people presenting their 60 second pitch in front of large groups of people is not helpful in a book. Talking about the casual Friday night dinners at Startup Weekend in a book is not helpful either. You come away from reading the book thinking Startup Weekend (the event) sounds amazing, but you are no closer to actually pulling off any of these things in a weekend on your own time. Instead, it feels like you just watched an infomercial.
One big problem with the book: the introduction is too long. It is 20 pages, making the remainder of the book 130 pages or so. The story of how Startup Weekend . . . started up . . . is interesting, but would have been better at the end of the book. You definitely want to know more about Startup Weekend when you read the content, but its hard to care very much when its placed at the beginning.
130 pages is long enough to accomplish great things if you do it right, but this book just doesn't deliver. There are some helpful things here, and some quotes that are worth remembering, but your time is better spent on other books. I gave it three stars because the information is solid, there is just not enough of it.
Recommended if you are interested in learning and attending a Startup Weekend event. Actually, you should probably skip the book and just attend the event . . . they really sound like they are great, and I am going to try and make the next one in my area. If you want to test a business idea and get it launched quickly, both The 4-Hour Workweek, Expanded and Updated: Expanded and Updated, With Over 100 New Pages of Cutting-Edge Content. and The New Business Road Test: What entrepreneurs and executives should do before writing a business plan are better books to start with.