Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days

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Apress, Apr 30, 2007 - Computers - 458 pages
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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 wonderful inside look at how a number of different startups were created. The book reinforced a few interesting trends for me: 1. Very few founders knew what they were doing when they first started ... Read full review

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Great book! I especially like how each of the interviews has a different rhythm to it, depending on the founder being interviewed. The highlight has to have been Steve Wozniak's interview, which is itself worth the cost of the entire book. Way to get the most out of all of your subjects, Jessica :-D
Thanks for sharing,
-Shoham Co-founder, Feed-Forward.net
 

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Contents

Sabeer Bhatia
17
Steve Wozniak
31
Joe Kraus
61
Dan Bricklin
73
Mitchell Kapor
89
Ray Ozzie
103
Evan Williams
111
Tim Brady
127
Craig Newmark
247
Caterina Fake
257
Brewster Kahle
265
Charles Geschke
281
Ann Winblad
297
David Heinemeier
309
Philip Greenspun
317
Joel Spolsky
345

Mike Lazaridis
141
Arthur van Hoff
153
Paul Buchheit
161
Steve Perlman
173
Mike Ramsay
191
Paul Graham
205
Joshua Schachter
223
Mark Fletcher
233
Stephen Kaufer
361
James Hong
377
James Currier
387
Blake Ross
395
Mena Trott
405
Bob Davis
419
Ron Gruner
427
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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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