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Do More Faster: Techstars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  4,132 ratings  ·  100 reviews
Practical advice from some of today's top early stage investors and entrepreneurs TechStars is a mentorship-driven startup accelerator with operations in three U.S. cities. Once a year in each city, it funds about ten Internet startups with a small amount of capital and surrounds them with around fifty top Internet entrepreneurs and investors. Historically, about seventy-f ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Wiley
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Dec 10, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business
What a shallow and disappointingly book. This is the kind of lazy book that I avoided when I was an editor, but thanks to self-publishing and self-promotion it has been inflicted upon all of us. It disappoints in so many ways: construction, content, and motivation. Let's deal with them in order, shall we?

Construction: it's a series of short blog-length posts by the various mentors and entrepreneurs associated with the annual TechStars incubator. The chapters are clustered by loose topic (funding
Dan Graham
Jan 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
This book is mostly a commercial for TechStars. There are a few good takeaways and stories but generally it was slow going and fairly repetitive. Not much depth and a machine gun approach to business story telling with every 2 pages being written by a different TechStar mentor, founder, attendee, or some other such.
May 09, 2020 rated it liked it
It's actually good for all the wrong reasons as it serves as an insight into madness that is tech startup world. Found it chaotic and repulsive at times. The pushing of plastic "be positive or else" mentality that drives these teams is almost sickening. Some mumbo jumbo how karma ties all tech mentors and the usual "follow your passion" bull**** that leads into spiraling insanity as you overwork yourself to the verge of death.

I'm all warmed up for hard work, integrity and good solid goal settin
Mahmoud Ghoz
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is not a book, it is a blog articles. It is well organized yet not a complete story. It is like any blog, some information are new, some are old other are useless. If you are new to entrepreneurship, read it. if you have been more than a year then it is 50% useless for you.
Jan 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
There are some real nuggets in here with advice if you're planning on launching a startup. Some counter intuitive things like going out and sharing your startup idea, some traps you can fall into like feature bloat, and great advice like iterating fast and often. I give this book 4 stars!
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
Many of these folks have no right to give advice, in the book. Their strongest achievement was raising a (small) seed round. Even those who've exited, mostly had small acquisitions. I would not view most of this book as a credible source.
Fer Tostado
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great hybrid of business management for start ups story-told by tech stars backed founders. As highly interested in start-up histories, this has been a nice way of covering once again this mainstream concepts by the experience of other entrepreneurs. Short stories of experienced entrepreneurs embedded to the topic. I liked the simplicity of the language: no excess jargon and straight to the point.
I wish I had read this book before I started a business. Because of the type of business they have at TechStars, the lessons in the book are derived from - and best applied to - tech companies that desire rapid growth. But the majority of the lessons still apply to all businesses and I found my head nodding at the mention of many of the mistakes made and lessons learned. They sounded very familiar.
Jeff Whitlock
Jun 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Great content if you're new to the startup world, but probably not as much here if you've already read a lot of the thinking in the space.

The book is a series of short essays organized around a number of startup themes. I found some good nuggets, but I imagine it felt fresher when it was released in 2010.
Arfan Ismail
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent text for those in the tech sector
Nopadol Rompho
Nov 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: startup
This is another book that startup should read. It is all about how to make startup successful.
Divija Rao
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
A must read before you startup.
Mark Kelley
Brad Feld gave me a copy of this book after we had dinner one night. it's a decent collection of stories from entrepreneurs in the early 2000's
Andrew York
Feb 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Very specific to tech start-ups. Very good resource if you’re in that situation and I’ll read again when I find myself there
Omar El-mohri
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, audio-copy
Impressive advice to startups, founders, investors, mentors. If it doesn’t give you a full response sometimes, it for sure put you in the right direction
Mar 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: previewed
Are you kidding me? This book looks like crap, possibility of 90%. Full of personal stories and interview within the company. Content implies nothing new and many wrong advices.
Jack Vincent
Apr 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Starting a business?
Get a mentor and be a mentor.
Believe in yourself, but still listen to those you respect.
Have grit, but know when to pivot / change course.
Learn from others.
Work hard.
May 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: execution
Some nice insights, bit more of a book that you should pick up every now and again as opposed to a cover to cover read.
Ben Debayle
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great dive into several short lessons that will help any beginner entrepreneur.
Nov 16, 2011 rated it really liked it
It is a great book - one which summarizes a lot of what other books designed for people doing startups have. It repackages (in a fairly conscience way) books, like,
The 4 hour work week
and many others in the same "genre" That being said its a great book to read if you are either in a Startup, or something in the tech-related field.

The most valuable information that I found in this book was written by Brad Feld who talks in depth about how you can and should set up your company s
Aug 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: business-culture
Speed is of the essence - but the clear notion of operating in a continuous feedback loop with the market, adapting and changing to solve someones problems - or offer a unique solution that resonates to make someones daily life better ... lots of great lessons.

Written from multiple perspectives in an easy to consume style - short bite sized learning. Made it very painless to get through it - one of the, of course, always on challenges when having a full business life as one tries to look forward
Apr 22, 2011 rated it liked it
I really wanted to love this book - I'm an avid reader of Brad's blog and have heard him speak online and in person. Brad is a truly incredible individual that has and continues to accomplish a lot for technology, entrepreneurs, public policy, and the economic development of Boulder.

That said, this book was not really written by Brad. Each "chapter" is a collection of 1-3 page essays by different people associated with TechStars, either as participants or mentors. Most of the advice was pretty c
Katya Kean
This book is a nice read. It's not really organized or ground-shaking, and I kept getting the feeling that I was reading an ad for TechStars rather than an instruction about entrepreneurial efficiency. Unfortunately, I had to return the book to my brother before I could finish it. It's good vacation reading, and had some good reminders in it.
I absolutely loved the realism of it. It's all real stories of real people. I guess I was expecting something more abstract. Because it was about reality,
Zhifei Ge
Jun 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: entrepreneurship
The book is based on the authors' experiences in TechStars. TechStars is definitely one of the most successful incubators in world. The theme of the book is how incubators help entrepreneurs to re-focus on execution.

The authors raise the issue that entrepreneurs tend to over-value their ideas and thus under-value execution. In all successful startup stories, even including Google and Facebook, the ideas are always pursued by a number of independent startups. Nonetheless, only the one getting th
Chris Johnson
Aug 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a fun book.

It was a lot of entreprenuer's stories, loosely organized, sort of like the "best of Updike" for businesses. Listening on Audio is how I'd recommend this one - it's inspiring, but there wasn't a "step one, step two, step three." sort of prescriptive text. I was inspired and validated. I have the right ethos to build some people around me to do things right. I always have, but I had to gain wisdom, maturity and dispel delusions before I could do it.

This book is about the peopl
Dil-Domine Leonares
Nov 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Do More Faster is a treasure trove of stories from past experiences that will help a start-up entrepreneur guide them through the basic questions they may have during the initial stage of getting an idea off the ground. It was a quick read and should be added to your list of books in the entrepreneur arsenal. It may have been a fast read but I keep going back to re-read the stories. As a first-time tech start-up entrepreneur, you are honestly learning as you go and this book helps you set a foot ...more
Nov 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great set of practical ideas about setting boundaries, finding founders, planning and executing your ideas. Some of my take away quotes include: "I you aren't embarrassed by your first version, you waited too long" and "Forget the kitchen sink" It has some very practical ideas will help you focus on the right things, and ignore the things that will slow you down (like getting you to stop trying to get everyone to sign a NDA before you tell them your idea). If you are thinking about starting a bu ...more
Josh Steimle
Oct 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
I've read reviews from people who say the book is poorly written, poorly organized, has no flow, etc. I don't know what these people are talking about. Granted, I'm interested in the subject matter because I'm an entrepreneur, so I could understand someone who isn't in the trenches not appreciating the book, but based on my 13 years in those trenches I found the book to be full of good advice and tips. Some of it seems like common sense, but to a young entrepreneur struggling to learn those basi ...more
Cem Guvener
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
One of the 2 books I read about accelerators. I read this in 2012 when it was a new release, as of 2017 I'd say it still holds some of the basics but things have changed a lot since then.
Christian Niles
Feb 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book is like speed networking for entrepreneurs. You spend a couple pages with each contributor, and then move on to the next. This forces each contributor to focus on giving you the one most important thing they learned while creating a startup.

The advice is to the point, and beautifully contradictory. Rather than getting a single, myopic perspective, you get all angles. It covers the subject better than any one person could, and helps you figure out the type of startup personality you hav
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