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Hello, Startup: A Programmer's Guide to Building Products, Technologies, and Teams

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  343 ratings  ·  35 reviews
At this very moment, somewhere in the world, two programmers are sitting in a garage and creating our future, one line of code at a time. We are in the era of the high tech startup.

This book is the "Hello, World" tutorial for building products, technologies, and teams in a startup environment. It's based on the experiences of the author, Yevgeniy Brikman, as well as interv
Paperback, 604 pages
Published November 9th 2015 by O'Reilly Media (first published October 1st 2015)
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Tim O'Hearn
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What's special about Hello, Startup is how thoroughly the author is dedicated to his craft. Jim's insights into software engineering as a lifelong pursuit and the dynamics of small team building reveal a level of clairvoyance extending beyond the trope of the 'pragmatic programmer'. The writing itself is flawless and reinforces much of the philosophy advocated in Chapter 12.

I often thought back to Soft Skills, which is of the same length with a similarly broad assortment of content (and even so
May 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here is what you need to know about Hello Startup. Unless you are currently or have recently worked at a hyper growth tech startup you can benefit from the unique experience and great communication skills used to create Hello Startup. I have read more than a dozen books on startups and many more on business, psychology and programming and I am amazed at the amount of well researched and well thought out explanations of the synergy of good practices of a startup or very focussed company or brach ...more
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Some people would think this book is only worth reading if you're thinking of initiating your own startup, but if you're receptive, you can learn way beyond that. Most of the discussed principles in this book have applications in all areas of life. I specifically recommend reading this book to other graduate students who would like to plan ahead and strategize their efforts in the grad school. ...more
Emanuele Blanco
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great all rounder book for people with technical background

I’ve been working roughly for 2 years in startups after a few years in corporates and consulting, and I’ve enjoyed this book from first to last chapters. Learning about products, ideas, and how to train creativity is invaluable and something that you cam and should apply in your everyday life. Startups are a different world and lots of what you learned before doesn’t apply. Even if you are already aware of modern software development pra
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Unlike other startup books, this book doesn't tell stories. It contains concrete knowledge about every aspect of building a tech startup as an engineer, covering topics of products, technologies and teams.
It is a great read to finish from cover to cover, but also a book that I will always refer back to.
Danail Nachev
Feb 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: startups, culture
The book keeps its promise from the title - it is a guide to building products, technologies and teams. It also touches on building yourself as well. It explores all the challenges and aspects of building a startup - from how to come up with an idea to how to start working on it and how to grow it over time. Although, it is targeted for startups, most of it applies to any company out there, even established ones, who may have slowed down with some of the recent ideas of how to run a software bus ...more
Kaspars Koo
Great book and a good start for everyone, who
- have ideas and want to make them happen
- have already founded a startup
- are planning or have joined a startup in early stage
- are thinking whether to join a startup

or anyone else who has ideas, wants to learn or do some career choices, needs to hire people, wants to know more about product design or data driven development, wants to improve his coding skills or technical knowledge and so on.

This book gives the main notions and best practices in all
Luis Poletti
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is PERFECT for anyone who is venturing into the world of programming and digital startups. It's written for programmers of course but myself, as someone who is just picking up his first programming language and getting familiar with tech stacks/frameworks/git etc... it was densely informative and a great read. The book is full of clever analogies, powerful quotes and examples from top industry experts to really drive points home. The last chapter on learning is a huge bonus, with a com ...more
Pallab Banerjee
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very good read for every aspiring or startup entrepreneurs.
Max Wolffe
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-cs
I highly recommend this book to any new software engineer, computer science student, or anyone interested in the world of tech startups.

It's a well-organized peak into the world of successful programmers and offers excellent suggestions for how to organize a tech stack, company, team, or your career to be more successful.

Some sections which I really enjoyed, to give you a sense of the structure of the book:
1. Choosing a tech stack - in which Brikman walks through the various choices engineers
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a good read. I learned a lot of things that I think are generally applicable irrespective of someone's intention of working at or founding a startup. A financier or novelist could probably gain some useful things from this book.

The only thing that really made me hold back that fifth star was the more technical middle portion. I have a degree in an unrelated field, and therefore lack a more intuitive understanding of code, databases, and libraries. I'm a bit of a slow coder at this junc
Ahmad hosseini
This book is a tutorial for building products, technologies, and teams in a startup environment. It’s based on the experiment of the author, as well as interviews with programmers from some of the most successful startups of the last decade. The focused of book is primarily on tech startups and provides good advices for overwhelming over challenges and issues. Book also provides knowledge across multiple disciplines, including business, design, marketing, software engineering, operations, cultur ...more
Erick Brownfield
Jul 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm a big believer in the collective wisdom of the crowd is almost always better than any single person. In a sense, that's what Hello, Startup is - a distillation of experiences and insights from many engineers and authors in the industry.

While this book is undoubtedly about startups, that's just the entry point Yevginiy has chosen in sharing how to think about your career. You probably won't create a startup after reading this book, but you will come away with a better understanding of your g
Andrej Friesen
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A really well written book.
I think this would be beneficial for everybody who is working in the tech industry.

It does not matter if you are a programmer or not. It will give you a lot of insights and even more resources how a tech company works, how engineering tick, what motivates people, how to ship your product and much more.

Even if you are not interested in startups just read this. It is well worth your time.
Angel Arturo
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Overall I'd say it's a great manual on startup building and management. It condenses many of the great practices of the industry and while it can't go too in depth on them, I think it covers the main points really well.

Definitely will read again sometime.
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
great read! It was full of great info on tech, teams, design, and all other aspects of startup culture.
Nikola Mojic
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazingly holistic book on startups and products. Must read.
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-again
It's a compilation of stuff around working on startups. No complaints. It's great. Direct, no fluff, with just enough text to convey the message.

I would blindly buy whatever else he publishes.
Kundan Sarraf
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The book gives overall knowledge to a budding entrepreneur, from idea generation to software deployment. A good book for nom tech founders too.
Tianyao Chen
Sep 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tech-books
The first few chapters are very inspirational:)
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very well structured synthesis of relevant material.
Even if there isn't a lot of original insight, the depth and breadth of the research together with the great presentation of concepts through well-crafted examples, on-point quotes and personal experience, make this a very worthwhile reference book.
Abdelmo'mn عبدالمؤمن
the fist half of it helped and shaped me to understand what startups are.
* didn't finish it (the rest of the book is about software development)
Francois D’Agostini
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favourite books if you want to understand all the aspects of creating a startups. Most of the content can be found in various, more specialized books (like Clean Code from Robert C. Martin for the code quality chapters), but it's quite rare to have a generic comprehensive view of all the aspects of a startup into one book.
The fact that the author is a also a (very skilled it seems) programmer is very interesting, as it gives a "geeky" perspective usually not seen on other books
Krishnaprasad Shivdasan
It is a wonderful book for people who are interested in starting out on their own, or for people who are looking to join startups. A lot of the information is also useful to engineers who want to improve themselves to become better engineers overall. It is a guidebook, does not go into the gory details but gives you enough to start thinking in the right direction and lots of links to interesting material for additional reading. The quotes from a lot of the successful engineers in the Silicon val ...more
Nov 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: development
A nice and gentle introduction to the world of tech startups covering the basics of building and growing the company from scratch. I loved the parts about marketing, sales and other activities which might be even more important for a growing company that crunching the code all day long. For the main audience, the book provides a solid foundation for starting and running a company from the ground up.
Yuriy Ankudinov
Dec 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Pretty interesting first part which structures knowledge about different aspects of "how to start and run company" building the right priorities.
Second part has pretty opinionated point of view on tech side. Wouldn't recommend to anybody to read more then ten pages overview not to spoil your own opinion.
The third part was to far from me to read so have no idea what is there but the introduction seemed competent.
Tomas Jay
Jun 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great, filled with deep knowledge book. Really goes into detail about explaining a life of a tech start-up, various tech stacks and database choices. Also tells us things about marketing, customer development and coding practises. This book is very much targeted at programmers and it is a worthwhile read for those who are starting their careers in tech industry.
AJ Ostrow
Nov 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's a lot to process. A complete integrated baseline of startup knowledge.

For me, it was nice to read a SV insider perspective on the proper way to do things. I came across most of the techniques reading blogs online and over about 3 years of trial and error. Even so, I didn't know about feature flags.
Ásbjörn Kristbjörnsson
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great guide to tech startups, both from a technology point of view as well as on other topics like hiring, company culture and learning. The book was well structured and gave good insights into important areas. The insights from people in the industry sprinkled throughout the book are both informative and entertaining.
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A solid dive into the things that makes effective developers as well as tying in concepts around team building and culture. Strongly recommended for those with 3 or less years in the industry.
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Yevgeniy (Jim) Brikman is the co-founder of Gruntwork, a company that provides DevOps as a Service. He's also the author of two books published by O'Reilly Media: Hello, Startup and Terraform: Up & Running . Previously, he worked as a software engineer at LinkedIn, TripAdvisor, Cisco Systems, and Thomson Financial and got his BS and Masters at Cornell University. For more info, check out yb ...more

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