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Dear Founder: Letters of Advice for Anyone Who Leads, Manages, or Wants to Start a Business

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  85 ratings  ·  10 reviews
The Los Angeles Times and USA Today bestseller!

Wise, practical, and profitable letters to entrepreneurs, leaders, managers, and business owners in every field--from a leading executive, investor, and business founder

More than 600,000 new businesses are launched each year. How can a start-up find the funding it needs to survive? When, if at all, should a company go public?
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published September 11th 2018 by St. Martin's Press
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Martynas Petkevičius
I rarely consider business or management books useful or interesting, but Dear Founder has hit an all-time low. It's supposed to give you advice on how to deal with situations commonly faced by start-up founders, but instead it just lists things to consider. For instance, when talking about raising funding, Webb casually mentions the importance of understanding terms like cap, pro rata and liquidation preference, but never explains them. Similarly, the chapter titled "When you need to focus on w ...more
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dear Founder is Maynard Webb's delightful second book. I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did. Each chapter engaging and easy to follow, dealing with a common challenge along the founders journey. It's a refreshing reminder that you're not alone in the journey and the universality of so many of the challenges. It makes what is a very hard thing seem far more tractable and accessible, hard but not impossible. I highly recommend, even if you're not a founder or consider being one. Many of th ...more
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Not useful at all.
Dec 24, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a pretty good business book. Maynard Webb, who was COO of eBay under Meg Whitman and later CEO of LiveOps and a bunch of other operating roles plays spiritual uncle (or more accurately, Polonius to your Laertes) to startup founders and would-be start up founders with a series of letters with bits of advice and inspiration.

It's well-organized into sections corresponding to the lifecycle of a company: (1) getting started; (2) finding product/market fit and building a team; (3) growing and
Dora Okeyo
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
I love this book! If there's one book that's going to be handed down to generations to come in my home library, it's this one.
If you're starting up a venture, a business, or you are an investor, manager and even if your wheels are turning about starting out a venture, this book will not only inspire you, it'll guide you along the way. Thank you Netgalley and the Publisher for the eARC.
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: business, netgalley
Every early stage founder should have this book on their bookshelf as it is an excellent reference manual as you encounter the wild assortment of issues facing startup founders, many of which you may not have seen before.

Choosing to write each piece of advice as a letter was innovative and I appreciate the brevity of each letter. Unfortunately that means some of the advice may appear more simplistic or superficial than one may want; however, minimally each will help you figure out the questions
Jan 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Maynard Webb’s Dear Founder is a different kind of startup story, told through the letters an active investor might share with a founder struggling, failing, persisting, and triumphing in their quest to build a sustainable business. It isn’t a retrospective history of the latest tech IPO, nor fawning Silicon Valley hero-worship—just candid, objective insight into the moments that can make or break a fledgling venture.

The letters are each written for moments ranging from the good (“When you have
Jan 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is like a bible for founders. I love the way Maynard chose to structure the book into letters that convey a single message. It is very effective and easy to follow. A must read for any founder. I know I will be reading this book several times!
Sumeet Mahendra
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Some very valuable teachings. A sort of must read for every #Founder & #Entrepreneurs
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