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- Publication Date: May 1, 2011
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B004ZULMR6
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The depth in the interviews is impressive. I'm subscribed to a lot of different online web sites and I haven't found many interviews that go into this amount of depth before, though Mixergy comes to mind when I think of interviews in similar formats. I was surprised to see that many of the founders don't consider themselves successful today. The quote about Dennis Crowley from Foursquare made me realize that most of these guys are hungry and many of them mentioned continuously setting their own bar for achievement higher as they continued to grow (Weebly comes to mind).
I really enjoyed reading this. Since a lot of these startups are still relatively young, I think it's going to be interesting to see how they progress and look back at the interviews a few years down the road from now when they've developed a bit further. These interviews seem to be done at the right time, when the founders are young (which also makes it easy to relate to) and before they hit their massive adoption curves (again, easy to relate to since many entrepreneurs are in the same stage).
Founders at Work by Jessica Livingston, an earlier and fairly similar book, is also a great resource; Andrew Warner's Mixergy podcast is useful as well. If you are really interested in startups, I would suggest all three.
Now that i've finished reading the book I am actually retooling my own startup, based on the guidance that the founders of Grooveshark, GitHub and Wufoo provided.
One interesting tidbit that I'd like to note: I found that quite a few of these start-ups were purchased by Google (or some other entity) and then subsequently stopped offering services. Seems like a shame, but then again maybe these startups weren't viable, who knows.
Anyways, highly recommend.
I'm not part of the startup scene. I'm a blogger from Australia that has a slight interest in startups. Many of the interviews felt like an inner circle focused primarily on the authors social network and those he admired. This is fine - it means we get an insight into the y combinator culture and the current mindset of the startup community. I just wish there was a bit more information outside of the interviews so people like myself could have done a bit more research. I'd be halfway through the interview sometimes and forget what the person did.
I really enjoyed it. I thought a couple of interviewees were irrelevant, such as the gamer. It wasn't necessary to add them to an already long book. I also wish there had been a bit more of a 'thread' between interviews, like there was with Founders at Work.
Those criticisms aside, I thought it was fascinating. I don't believe it is necessary to read every interview but it will help you figure out facets of the scene, as well as limitations that people have faced in their history. It also helped me make connections between different facets of the startup community.
Well worth the read. If you don't have some interest in web startups though, you will struggle. You only get the gems when you accept the book for what it is - a sneak peak behind the curtains.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Useful mostly for people interested in doing an IT startup.Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
I really enjoyed the first few chapters of this book, but most startups have similar stories and once you've heard one, you've pretty much heard all of them. Read morePublished on January 25, 2012 by Ashley
This is, by far, the best "startup" book I've read in a long time. I've read all the important "startup books" like Founders at Work, Rework, Getting Real, Do More Faster, Almost... Read morePublished on January 1, 2012 by Jordan Messina
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