Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days
Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days is a collection of interviews with founders of famous technology companies about what happened in the very earliest days. These people are celebrities now. What was it like when they were just a couple friends with an idea? Founders like Steve Wozniak (Apple), Caterina Fake (Flickr), Mitch Kapor (Lotus), Max Levchin (PayPal...more
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Here are some good quotes from the book:
"I'd say determination is the single most important quality in a startup foun ...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
Больше всего мне было интересно узнать о многих вызовах, которые падали на плечи руководства и основателей компаний, их поворотные пути в истории развития, а также что именно двигало ими, что же заставляло упорствовать, чего они в итоге достигли и какой ценой.
Paul Buchheit, creator of Gmail about Risk Taking
As I say, f ...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 Lazaridis Cofou ...more
interesting factoids you'll pick up from reading the book:
* hotornot was implemented in an afternoon to rate some random girl one of the founders had seen recently. the site spread virally and they had over 50,000 pa ...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'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
Thought it was a great book with a lot of interesting insights and even though it was mostly about tech/internet and from 2006 it was still pretty valuable and just interesting to read/learn.
Wish there was a follow-up book.
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
After reading ten or fifteen chapters, I realized how right she was. Reading this book is like taking all of these interesting people to coffee. It is helpful to read their stories and thoughts in their own words. There are clear threads that run between the founders and their sense of what made them successful(or failures). For example: write a business pl ...more
To me the most interesting interviews were:
- Steve Wozni ...more
Because it's a collection of interviews, the usefulness of the stories or the ease of reading vary depending on who is being interviewed (and to a smaller extent, the author's questions). Some founders are better at reflecting upon and summarizing their experiences to be generalizable to readers and aspiring entr ...more
The book is a series of interviews with founders of large and successful technology companies, such as Apple, Yahoo, Paypal, and Hotmail, to name a few. The interviews are done in a very effective manner, short ...more
Alles ist in einem sehr lässigen Stil geschrieben und das Englischniveau ist nicht anspruchsvoll. Der Inhalt ist aber sehr lehrreich. Generell betonen alle Gründer, dass ihre Idee ursprünglich sehr anders war und nur durch ...more
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