Smart Start-Ups: How Entrepreneurs and Corporations Can Profit by Starting Online Communities
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Smart Start-Ups: How Entrepreneurs and Corporations Can Profit by Starting Online Communities

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"Silver's new book is a masterpiece of clarity concerning the next great entrepreneurial wave, and my only problem with it was the charley horse in my elbow I got turning the pages."
-Robin Richards, founding President,, and CEO, Notification Technologies Inc.
"Silver is a modern-day Prometheus. For community entrepreneurs, Smart Start-Ups...more
Hardcover, 252 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by John Wiley & Sons
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I read most of it, but didn't finish it. Somewhere around the part where he started talking about Firefox being made of blogs and how all social networks should offer branded credit cards or that people would pay $2.40 per video that members sent to them, I realized that Silver is an old guy trying hard, and almost succeeding, to know what he's talking about on all these newfangled topics. He has a few good insights here, particularly about appearing to be rookies, not relying on advertising as...more
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Smart Start-Ups How Entrepreneurs and Corporations Can Benefit by Creating Online Communities by David Silver.

David Silver is a venture capitalist and an author of over 30 books on business. This book varies between being a strategy guide to start an online community and a stream of ideas for starting a variety of online businesses. The book describes online communities as being both on the internet and on mobile phones.

I found the sections on how to start an internet company quiet interesting....more
This is one of those books which I decided to leave unfinished, for the author has this twisted vision of locking everything on the net, making it pay per view kind of web. The kind we all don't want to have. He talks about how social sites should be charging it's users rather than providing it for free and monetizing it. Just imagine how that will effect interconnectivity. With free tools, people find it hard to migrate. Imagine how hard it would be with paid ones.

He supports the idea of sellin...more
Lori Grant
A must-read book on startups for knowledge workers and aspiring entrepreneurs.
Could have been more easily readable using visual techniques.
Phuong Phan
I've found many ideas for my start-up in this book. It's great!
was excellent at the time I read it.
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