Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days
Now available in paperback—with a new preface and interview with Jessica Livingston about Y Combinator!
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), and Sabeer Bhatia (Hotmail) tell you in their own words about their surprising and often very funny discoveries as they learned how to build a company.
Where did they get the ideas that made them rich? How did they convince investors to back them? What went wrong, and how did they recover?
Nearly all technical people have thought of one day starting or working for a startup. For them, this book is the closest you can come to being a fly on the wall at a successful startup, to learn how it's done.
But ultimately these interviews are required reading for anyone who wants to understand business, because startups are business reduced to its essence. The reason their founders become rich is that startups do what businesses do—create value—more intensively than almost any other part of the economy. How? What are the secrets that make successful startups so insanely productive? Read this book, and let the founders themselves tell you.
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Worth it for People interested Tech
A very short and to the point breakdown of each company and what thy went thru as a startup. Most of them were excellent a few were boing but still. Very inspirational read. I just with the writer would update it for 2012
Some stories are interesting.
Some are less.
Overall a good book.
Can be a bit lengthy and boring at times.Few very interesting companies.
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