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Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days
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...more
Here are some good quotes from the book:
"I'd say determination is the single most important quality in a startup foun ...more
Paul Buchheit, creator of Gmail about Risk Taking
As I say, f ...more
interesting factoids you'll pick up from reading the book:
* hotornot was implemented in an afternoon to rate some random girl one of the founders had seen recently. the site spread virally and they had over 50,000 pa ...more
However, to me (an 18y old, reading in 2013), a lot of the interviews in the book, while interesting, were a bit dated. Because of how much the VC landscape (how money is raised, how interactions are had with VCs, etc), the cost of technology ...more
I'm so glad I picked it up and it's worth every paisa of the 450 bucks I paid for it.
If you think you are the entrepreneur kinds, this book is a must read.
If you haven't started your company as yet, it might just push you to do it - and for those who have started it and are getting completely sloshed by the experience, it shines a nice bright light on you - letting you know that eventually everything will work out -- and even the biggest companies today we ...more
I'm ambivalent about the focus on (largely consumer) computing startups. On the one hand, this gives the book cohe ...more
probably very helpful for the technical co-founder
1. Very few founders knew what they were doing when they first started; many of the ideas emerged accidentally, after many failures or experiments.
2. You *can* get more done with crazy hours and virtually all successful startups require them.
3. VC funding seemed to be an ingredient in the success if most startups, but was often a double edged sword, causing problems l ...more
Alles ist in einem sehr lässigen Stil geschrieben und das Englischniveau ist nicht anspruchsvoll. Der Inhalt ist aber sehr lehrreich. Generell betonen alle Gründer, dass ihre Idee ursprünglich sehr anders war und nur durch ...more
After reading ten or fifteen chapters, I realized how right she was. Reading this book is like taking all of these interesting people to coffee. It is helpful to read their stories and thoughts in their own words. There are clear threads that run between the founders and their sense of what made them successful(or failures). For example: write a business pl ...more
If this isn't the best book I've ever read for entrepreneurs it's certainly on my "Top 5" list. The Four-Hour Work Week, Lean ...more
To me the most interesting interviews were:
- Steve Wozni ...more
The book is a series of interviews with founders of large and successful technology companies, such as Apple, Yahoo, Paypal, and Hotmail, to name a few. The interviews are done in a very effective manner, short ...more
For most all of these first time entrepreneurs, the journey was significantly different than they first imagined it. Some companies (eBay, Flickr) didn't even plan to be in the business that hey event ...more
The strength of this collection of interviews is in its raw immediacy. That is also its weakness. Each interview contains man ...more
Com algumas perguntas, a autora faz com que os fundadores contem como foi a história de cada uma destas empresas logo no início, muitas delas sendo montadas por universitários sem dinheiro. Falam sobre financiamentos de investidores, ...more
Because it's a collection of interviews, the usefulness of the stories or the ease of reading vary depending on who is being interviewed (and to a smaller extent, the author's questions). Some founders are better at reflecting upon and summarizing their experiences to be generalizable to readers and aspiring entr ...more
This book includes a range of fascinating material. Sometimes that is because the interview subject is just interesting or historically significant (Woz). Quite often there are insights - perhaps contradictory ones - into building a startup. There are some themes that emerge across the range of people, companies and eras. And many of the specifics of how ...more
it's also fun because some/most of them are clearly batshit.
Some of the best are Wo ...more
On top of this then the startup stories in this book are way to old to really be relevant in today's startup environment. The companies that are portrait are from before the Internet bobble, well in fact from the time when trying to convince investors that the ...more
Since its a collection of interviews you can start reading the book from anywhere. However once you complete the book a theme emerges out of it which explains the general traits of successful startups or their found ...more