Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days
For would-be entrepreneurs, innovation managers or just anyone fascinated by the special chemistry and drive that created some of the best technology companies in the world, this book offers both wisdom and engaging insights—straight from the source.
— Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief of Wired Magazine, and author of The Long Tail
"All the best things that I
Here are some good quotes from the book:
"I'd say determination is the single most important quality in a startup foun ...more
Paul Buchheit, creator of Gmail about Risk Taking
As I say, for p ...more
The business media usually distills fundamental concepts such as team building, creating a good product and perseverance to the point where you either get a generic phrase or a string of dull paragraphs where a single generic phrase would do; the effect is that reading about business becomes a boring activity, but Founders at Work was different.
It's not a how-to book but narrat ...more
1. Very few founders knew what they were doing when they first started; many of the ideas emerged accidentally, after many failures or experiments.
2. You *can* get more done with crazy hours and virtually all successful startups require them.
3. VC funding seemed to be an ingredient in the success if most startups, but was often a double edged sword, causing problems l ...more
As a sort of note-to-self, these were the chapters that I read:
33 (the parts that interested me)
I should probably read the questions that interest me from the chapters I haven't ...more
"Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's ...more
Table of Contents
CHAPTER 1 Max Levchin Cofounder, PayPal
CHAPTER 2 Sabeer Bhatia Cofounder, Hotmail
CHAPTER 3 Steve Wozniak Cofounder, Apple Computer
CHAPTER 4 Joe Kraus Cofounder, Excite
CHAPTER 5 Dan Bricklin Cofounder, Software Arts
CHAPTER 6 Mitchell Kapor Cofounder, Lotus Development
CHAPTER 7 Ray Ozzie Founder, Iris Associates, Groove Networks
CHAPTER 8 Evan Williams Confounder, Pyra Labs (Blogger.com)
CHAPTER 9 Tim Brady First Non-Founding Employee, Yahoo
CHAPTER 10 Mike Lazari ...more
However, to me (an 18y old, reading in 2013), a lot of the interviews in the book, while interesting, were a bit dated. Because of how much the VC landscape (how money is raised, how interactions are had with VCs, etc), the cost of technology ...more
I wish I could give it a lower score, but I can't, in good faith, because it's exactly what it promises to be and exactly what I thought it was going to be when I picked it up: a gossip rag in book form.
It's the sort of thing dim, greedy assholes could read religiously, but to the rest of us, it mostly serves to drive home the fact that self-describ ...more
I'm so glad I picked it up and it's worth every paisa of the 450 bucks I paid for it.
If you think you are the entrepreneur kinds, this book is a must read.
If you haven't started your company as yet, it might just push you to do it - and for those who have started it and are getting completely sloshed by the experience, it shines a nice bright light on you - letting you know that eventually everything will work out -- and even the biggest companies today we ...more
If you want something and it is not yet on the market, find a way to invent or come up with a way of doing it, you might be into something precious.
Key lesson: Just do it, you don't need to wait to do it ...more
All the lessons that it teach are great. The best thing is it teaches you without ever felt like a preaching kind of book.
All the journeys that people have taken in the past, can be a light to guide us further. ...more
probably very helpful for the technical co-founder ...more
In Ray Ozzie’s interview, he says: “Companie ...more
I had three issues with the book, though:
1.) The Selection of Companies: Mostly those I'd never heard of, and mostly faceless in the sense of not having much mainstream appeal. An overt focus on generic technologies like dot-com sites ...more
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