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An Engineer's Guide to Silicon Valley Startups

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I've worked at 5 different startups in my career in Silicon Valley. While every company is unique, there are many similarities between Silicon Valley startups. As workplaces go, Silicon Valley startups embody the American dream: they're exciting, fun, and provide employees with great flexibility and freedom. Join the right startup, and you can change the world! This book c ...more
Paperback, 118 pages
Published February 24th 2010 by Piaw Na Publishing, LLC (first published February 2010)
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Todd N
Mar 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
Excellent overview of working at a startup -- specifically in Silicon Valley -- from an engineer's point of view. All aspects that an engineer would want to know are covered, like what you need to know, how to negotiate salary/options, and when to bail out.

The section on tax implications of stock options is worth many many times the price of the book, or would be assuming you have found a successful startup.

It's self-published by Piaw Na, who worked at several startups yo
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Tk
Apr 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Of all the entrepreneurial books I have read, this is the book I have always been looking for.

This book is filled with concrete advice about being an engineer at a startup and any engineer planning to join or currently in a startup must read this book.

I plan to apply Piaw's advice directly to my life (as a software engineer NOT in Silicon Valley). Thank you Piaw.
Hein
Mar 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
great read even you work for a large company in Silicon Valley
Taro
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, entrepreneurship
This is a self-published book and a valuable one for those seeking employment as a software engineer for Silicon Valley startups.

While the information catering entrepreneurial types founding startups are abundant in many forms, advocates for startup employees are few and far between, making them rather vulnerable to exploitation by those who know how the game works. The book covers topics that are scattered around elsewhere but not consolidated into a form most relevant to startup software en
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Michael Green
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting read written from perspective of real world experience, however it is a bit dated and very specific to US (for example with the tax information). However still found some useful insights with what was discussed here.
Emily
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lots of
Ivan
Oct 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
The book obtains some very useful first-hand experience of a person who had a chance to work at several startups. Tax & financial planning chapters are quite useful. Nevertheless the book feels too small and needs some more “meat”.
Ivan
Dec 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Extremely good advice.
Turaaa
Apr 24, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: hightech, career
Its ok, it has lists of information on taxes , stock options and interview questions but I did expect more personal stories and insights gained by the writers experiences
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