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Founders at Work by Jessica Livingston
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Mar 17, 2012

really liked it
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Read in January, 2008

This book is a compendium of transcripts of interviews between the author and 32 successful entrepreneurs who tell the stories of their businesses. There is no better collection of first hand accounts of what it is really like to be in the pilot's seat of a start-up. It is particularly useful for an entrepreneur looking for a role model in a particular industry or domain.

The strength of this collection of interviews is in its raw immediacy. That is also its weakness. Each interview contains many nuggets of useful information and advice but also contains much excess ego and verbiage, which makes many of the interviews difficult to read. It's the written equivalent of a live concert recording, not a polished studio production. The interviews would be much more compelling in an audio book format.

Jessica Livingston was one of my role models for Great for the Start. I admire the raw, emotional edge of her collection of interviews. She has a gift for making her interviewees feel comfortable to reveal authentic stories.

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