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Hot Seat: The Startup CEO Guidebook

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What avoidable problem destroys more young startups than any other?
Why is it a mistake to ask for introductions to investors?
When do you play the CEO card?
Should you sell out?

Author and four-time founder/CEO Dan Shapiro tells the stories of dozens of startups whose companies lived and died by the advice in these pages. From inception to destruction and triumph to des

Kindle Edition, 322 pages
Published May 7th 2015 by O'Reilly Media
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Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book didn't have anything groundbreaking in it, but it did do a great job of showing how startups are run. It seems like a good source for basics that a lot of other books would assume you already knew, and it also has good references to other books for more info. ...more
Lawrence Xie
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a much better read than I was expecting! I'm generally wary of titles that include 'guidebook'.

Fortunately Shapiro writes a very coherent book about the duties, responsibilities, difficulties, and life cycle of a startup CEO. I highly rate Hot Seat for three main reasons:
- Readability: The language was very concise and footnotes included tidbits of humor making it an enjoyable read. Chapters are very short and well divided to keep ideas clear.
- Specific with many examples: The author is
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very useful book for new startup founders trying to get the hang of the processes and jargons in the startup world. Although the author wrote the book in the context of Silicon Valley, majority of the materials are relevant for founders in developing countries. This is a short book, but has valuable and interesting insights from author’s life as a startup founder, as well as relevant stories of other successful/unsuccessful founders. This is well-worth a read, especially if you’re wading throu ...more
Toan Ho Huu
Mar 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Vào ngày đầu tiên trong vai trò người sáng lập kiêm CEO, chắc chắn bạn sẽ phải quay cuồng với biết bao câu hỏi sống còn:

◆ Chúng ta nên làm gì là tốt nhất?

◆ Chúng ta nên tập trung vào điều gì?

◆ Người nào làm việc gì mới phù hợp?

◆ Tôi có thật sự là CEO không?
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great guideline to beginner entrepreneurs. Doesn't matter if you own a start-up or a traditional business. ...more
Must read for every startup CEO.
Mark Koester
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Readable and highly tactical advice for Startup CEOs. Recommend you read this from one smart cookie.
Chong Lee
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommend it for those who consider starting a startup.
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book just came out and I loved it. If you are starting a company, or thinking of it, you need to read this book. Period.

Dan covered a whole range of topics very succinctly, and in easy-to-follow language. When and how to raise funds. What all those terms mean. Who should (and should not!) be on your board, and why. How to allocate shares and ownership between co-founders. Where to incorporate your company (Dan has strong opinions on this!). How to create (and then also maintain) company cul
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Comprehensive book for a startup that's looking for co-founders and funding.
Applicable to software startups.

Not applicable to product startups.
If you're a founding company and want to be a solopreneur like Gary Erickson (Clif Bar) and Sara Blakely (SpanX) then this book isn't for you. It doesn't talk about the biggest pain point products face - customer acquisition, which in the beginning is the CEO's job to facilitate.
Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There's a lot of good info and ideas in this book about start-ups, entrepreneurship, and CEOship that I haven't found in other books. Foremost, the importance of the founding team - getting things right as you initiate this great journey, and then navigaing through the pitfalls and challenges. Highly recommended. ...more
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It was terrifyingly on point and brutally honest about what it takes to be a successful CEO. There were no glossed over details and there was no happy hand-waving, just truth and information. It was very readable despite being packed with information. I highly recommend this to anyone who may be starting a company or has started a company.
May 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is by far the most useful, encouraging book I've read on entrepreneurship (although it kinda reinforced my own sense of imposter syndrome which he spends so much time talking about in the book, just because Dan Shapiro's personal track record is eerily impressive). ...more
Nick Berveiler
Oct 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book because it went into a lot of the details working with cofounders, investors and employees and the challenges involved in those details. It is better to understand those challenges before jumping into growing a business for the first time.
Trung Nguyen Dang
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's fantastic. I read in 1 sitting, separated by 10 minutes walk to grab lunch. ...more
Jul 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Funny, informative, on point.
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