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Founders at Work by Jessica Livingston
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Sep 28, 2011

it was amazing
Read in September, 2012 — I own a copy

I wasn't expecting much when I received a copy of this book due to the printing work making it look as though it was self-published. But the companies and names listed on the cover were impressive, so I thought "Well, what the heck." But as soon as I started reading I realized what a gem this book was. By the time I got to the end I was raving about it to everyone I knew.

If this isn't the best book I've ever read for entrepreneurs it's certainly on my "Top 5" list. The Four-Hour Work Week, Lean Startup, Rework, Do More Faster...those are great books too, but this is better. Why? Because it's full of frank, candid stories from founders. Their successes, their failures, the details of what they did--it's all in here. Lean Startup codifies lean principles, but this book illustrates them over and over again as you see exactly how founders applied those same principles before anyone was talking about "lean". And many other patterns emerge as you read. To the observant this book is not just a collection of interesting stories but a manual for what to do and what not to do as the founder of a startup, presented in terms anyone can understand and relate to.

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79.0% "I'm putting this on my top 5 business books of all time list."

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Andrew Hey I saw you read founders at work and thought you might be interested in my newer version based off Kickstarter - Check it out here:

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