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Unscalable Paperback – January 19, 2016
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
- Paperback : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 194175855X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1941758557
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
- Publisher : Inkshares (January 19, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #756,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The stories of each startup are interesting, but come to a common theme: if you do "unscalable" things and do them well, you'll eventually find a way to scale them. And also, always start with the customer.
It would have been great if the companies interviewed included some larger or more successful companies, since the vast major of companies interviewing in the book have not yet reached a level of sustainable success. It makes you question the learnings since many of these companies may eventually fail despite their experience so far. So, take everything you read here with a grain of salt.
Unscalable is a series of interviews with a range of founders from successful and not-so-successful startups, focusing on the early days when the founders had to hustle and do things that would never scale, but which were necessary to get the ball rolling.
There is so little writing out there about what really happens and what it really takes to get a company going. Most of what you see tends to be the rah rah celebratory news like funding announcements, which aren't very useful or informative, and make success for successful companies feel like manifest destiny vs. something that was truly earned with blood sweat and tears. This book goes deep into "how the sausage is made", and I wish there were more writing around like it.
As a founder myself (at time of writing have about 100 employees and are firmly in the scale stage), I really empathized with the stories, and can recommend it without hesitation to other founders. I've given copies to key employees that themselves will start businesses someday.