Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days

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Apress, 30 Apr 2007 - 458 halaman

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.

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Ulasan Pengguna  - brikis98 - LibraryThing

A wonderful inside look at how a number of different startups were created. The book reinforced a few interesting trends for me: 1. Very few founders knew what they were doing when they first started ... Baca ulasan lengkap

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Ulasan Pengguna  - Yaseen Hamdulay - Goodreads

A bit outdated but really inspiring. It's interesting to note the patterns between the different founders stories. The most unexpected being that many were unaware of the importance or enormity of the project they were in the process of undertaking. Baca ulasan lengkap

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Sabeer Bhatia
Steve Wozniak
Joe Kraus
Dan Bricklin
Mitchell Kapor
Ray Ozzie
Evan Williams
Tim Brady
Craig Newmark
Caterina Fake
Brewster Kahle
Charles Geschke
Ann Winblad
David Heinemeier
Philip Greenspun
Joel Spolsky

Mike Lazaridis
Arthur van Hoff
Paul Buchheit
Steve Perlman
Mike Ramsay
Paul Graham
Joshua Schachter
Mark Fletcher
Stephen Kaufer
James Hong
James Currier
Blake Ross
Mena Trott
Bob Davis
Ron Gruner
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Halaman 228 - The advantage of telling the truth is that you don't have to remember what you said.
Halaman 165 - This was a beautiful piece of work, and they came and installed the espresso machine and it was the best money we ever spent. Every morning, people would meet and crowd around it. This thing was just it, the bee's knees, people loved it, they couldn't stop talking about it. A month later, the CFO came and said, "I'm sorry, we should have done this years ago.
Halaman 295 - You guys are nuts. Throw out your business plan. Your customers — or potential customers — are telling you what your business should be. The business plan was only used to get you the money. Why don't you rewrite a business plan that is focused just on providing what your customers want?
Halaman 183 - II met him at a hotel and we talked, and he said what are you going to do. I said I don't know. I was being heavily pressured by, society, my own thoughts, by Robert, by my mother, to give the child up.
Halaman 413 - ... use. So you have to take our word for it that, even though 500 of you want something right now, you may actually be in the minority of a much larger group that we're pursuing that's going to be silent during this phase of development.
Halaman 170 - Everyone here had lots of email. This company is a little bit email crazy. I get 500 emails a day. So there was a very big need for search.
Halaman 107 - Mitch, Ben and I would like to invest in your company. How much do you think it's worth?
Halaman 69 - We don't know because we can't afford a hard drive that's big enough to test.
Halaman 105 - I'm not going to do this. I don't have to do this today. We don't have to close here and I'm just not going to agree to this. I'm gone.

Tentang pengarang (2007)

Jessica Livingston is a founding partner at Y Combinator, a seed-stage venture firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Mountain View, California. She was previously vice president of marketing at investment bank Adams Harkness. In addition to her work with startups at Y Combinator, she organizes Startup School ( She has a bachelor's degree in English from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

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