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Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Daysby Jessica Livingston
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Now available in paperback?with a new preface and interview with Jessica Livingston about Y Combinator
Founders at Work: Stories of Startups? Early Days is a collection of interviews with founders of famous technology companies about what happened in the very earliest days. These people are celebrities now. What was it like when they were just a couple friends with an idea? Founders like Steve Wozniak (Apple), Caterina Fake (Flickr), Mitch Kapor (Lotus), Max Levchin (PayPal), and Sabeer Bhatia (Hotmail) tell you in their own words about their surprising and often very funny discoveries as they learned how to build a company.
Where did they get the ideas that made them rich? How did they convince investors to back them? What went wrong, and how did they recover?
Nearly all technical people have thought of one day starting or working for a startup. For them, this book is the closest you can come to being a fly on the wall at a successful startup, to learn how it's done.
But ultimately these interviews are required reading for anyone who wants to understand business, because startups are business reduced to its essence. The reason their founders become rich is that startups do what businesses do?create value?more intensively than almost any other part of the economy. How? What are the secrets that make successful startups so insanely productive? Read this book, and let the founders themselves tell you.
Book News Annotation:
In hopes of inspiring people interested in starting their own companies, Livingstone (founding partner of a seed-stage venture firm, Cambridge, Massachusetts) interviews the founders (pictured) of innovative companies that became successful in the electronic technology sector: e.g., Apple Computer, craigslist, PayPal, Yahoo!, and TiVo. They tell stories of how they turned their innovative new ideas into successful businesses and of how perseverance in the face of rejection often leads to innovation. The interviews focus on the early stages of these startups and the uncertainties the founders often faced and show that pure determination may be the most important quality for the creative entrepreneur to possess. She notes that while startups often function counter to established ideas of what is "businesslike" they tend to be extremely productive and she suggests that the corporate world might improve productivity by focusing more on creativity and less on appearances. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Livingston presents a collection of interviews with founders of famous technology companies about what happens in the very earliest days. Includes interviews with Steve Wozniak (Apple), Max Levchin (PayPal), and others.
This is the paperback edition of the award winning and best selling book, Founders at Work
All the best things that I did at Apple came from (a) not having money and (b) not having done it before, ever. a Steve Wozniak, Apple
Founders at Work tells of the early struggles for independence and acceptance of many of modern technologya (TM)s giants. Their stories are told through personal interviews that are at times hilarious, at times painful, but always inspiring. The personalities represented in this book are role models for all startup wannabes who are committed to their visions and want to know what the sacrifices (and excitement) are like.
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