The Ultralight Startup: Launching a Business Without Clout Or Capital

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Portfolio/Penguin, 2012 - Business & Economics - 230 pages
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“When I was first starting out, I had to learn many things by trial and error, and I know I could have saved myself a lot of grief if someone had given me advice on what to do. I hope this book will help and inspire you to pursue your passion while avoiding some of the mistakes I made.”

It's easier than ever before to launch a startup. But in a world where barriers to entry are virtually nonexistent and everyone wants to be the next Facebook, competition is fierce. If you're just beginning and lack the money and clout to make an automatic splash, how do you differentiate yourself from all the rest?

Jason Baptiste knows firsthand what it takes. After launching his first company while still in college, he cofounded his current venture, Onswipe, in his early twenties, turning it into a multimillion-dollar company in less than a year. Now, drawing on his own experience as a bootstrapping but hungry entrepreneur, as well as on examples from today's most famous companies, he guides would-be tech moguls through every stage of the process—from testing a concept to acquiring customers to determining the best pricing model—in a cheap, practical way. Among his strategies:

• Build the product you wish you had: Four­square founder Dennis Crowley created an early version of his product because he wanted to keep in touch with former colleagues.

• It doesn't have to be sexy to make money: Dropbox took the world by storm by offering a great solution to a mundane problem—online storage.

• Be bold when promoting yourself: Online payment service WePay capitalized on dissatis­faction with industry leader PayPal by dumping six hundred pounds of ice in front of a developer conference.

• Attract fans to attract customers: Budget tracking site Mint.com created its initial user base by offering original and useful content about per­sonal finance.

Baptiste shows you don't need an MBA, a trust fund, or even experience running your own com­pany to become a star in the tech world. The Ultralight Startup is a comprehensive, easy-to-follow guide that will prepare any entrepreneur to take his or her idea to the next level.

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User Review  - Detrick Deburr - Goodreads

This book really surprised me. It was easy to read. I was skeptical initially when I saw how young the author was, but found the story of how he built his company from idea to launch pretty ... Read full review

Review: The Ultralight Startup: Launching a Business Without Clout or Capital

User Review  - Alexey Sidorenko - Goodreads

Not only the topic is 'ultralight.' The content of the book is ultralight as well, more suitable for the web text rather than anything that needs the trees to be processed into paper. A simplified version of the Founder's Dilemma and the Lean Startup. Read full review

About the author (2012)

Jason L. Baptiste is the CEO and cofounder of Onswipe, a platform for tablet publishing and advertising and one of Time's 10 Best Start-ups in 2011. Baptiste has been named to BusinessWeek's Top 25 Under 25 entrepreneurs and Inc.'s 30 Under 30. He is also one of the stars of Bloomberg's TechStars, a show that chronicled the first six months of Onswipe's history in the TechStars program for young startups. In his spare time, Baptiste is an avid runner, blogger, and adviser to other startups. He is a graduate of the University of Miami and currently resides in New York City.

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