Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days

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Apress, Nov 1, 2008 - Business & Economics - 488 pages
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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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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

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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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Contents

MAX LEVCHIN PayPal
1
SABEER BHATIA Hotmail
17
STEVE WOZNIAK Apple Computer
31
JOE KRAUS Excite
61
DAN BRICKLIN Software Arts
73
MITCHELL KAPOR Lotus Development
89
RAY OZZIE Iris Associates Groove Networks
103
EVAN WILLIAMS Pyra Labs Bloggercom
111
CATERINA FAKE Flickr
257
BREWSTER KAHLE WAIS Internet Archive Alexa Internet
265
CHARLES GESCHKE Adobe Systems
281
ANN WINBLAD Open Systems Hummer Winblad
297
DAVID HEINMEIER HANSSON 37signals
309
PHILIP GREENSPUNArsDigita
317
JOEL SPOLSKY Fog Creek Software
345
STEPHEN KAUFER TripAdvisor
361

TIM BRADY Yahoo
127
MIKE LAZARIDS Research In Motion
141
ARTHUR VAN HOFF Marimba
153
PAUL BUCHHEIT Gmail
161
STEVE PERLMAN WebTV
173
MIKE RAMSAY TiVo
191
PAUL GRAHAM Viaweb
205
JOSHUA SCHACHTER delicious
223
MARK FLETCHER ONElist Bloglines
233
CRAIG NEWMARK craigslist
247
JAMES HONG HOT or NOT
377
JAMES CURRIER Tickle
387
BLAKE ROSS Firefox
395
MENA TROTT Six Apart
405
BOB DAVIS Lycos
419
RON GRUNER Alliant Computer Systems Shareholdercom
427
JESSICA LIVINGSTON Y Combinator
447
INDEX
455
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Jessica Livingston is a founding partner at Y Combinator, a seed-stage venture firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Mountain View, California. She was previously vice president of marketing at investment bank Adams Harkness. In addition to her work with startups at Y Combinator, she organizes Startup School (www.StartupSchool.org). She has a bachelor's degree in English from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

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