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Founders at Work

Stories of Startups Early Days

By Jessica Livingston

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| Hardcover | 9781590597149

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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 Continue

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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  • 1 person finds this helpful

    Un pò annoiante, le storie sono un pò tutte uguali, va tenuto più come manuale di consultazione....non si legge facilmente

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    fpav said on Jul 13, 2012 | Add your feedback

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    普普通通的故事書

    網路上有人推薦說網路創業前要看這本書
    雖然我創業的領域並非網路,但基於好奇心驅使,還是買來看了
    中間斷斷續續看完這本書
    感想是:當故事書看是不錯,但若真想從中間學到什麼創業方法或竅門。我個人是覺得幫助不大。

    這本書雖然集結非常多成功網路創業者的故事,但每一個故事都是用採訪的方式帶過,並沒有深入的去探討成功的原因,中間遭遇困難時是怎麼做策略性的思考,怎麼帶領一個新創企業(不論是網路或是其他領域)度過創業初期的困境。面對投資者,該有哪些進對應退等等的技巧。雖然每一個案例大概都會遇到差不多的問題,但 ...(continue)

    網路上有人推薦說網路創業前要看這本書
    雖然我創業的領域並非網路,但基於好奇心驅使,還是買來看了
    中間斷斷續續看完這本書
    感想是:當故事書看是不錯,但若真想從中間學到什麼創業方法或竅門。我個人是覺得幫助不大。

    這本書雖然集結非常多成功網路創業者的故事,但每一個故事都是用採訪的方式帶過,並沒有深入的去探討成功的原因,中間遭遇困難時是怎麼做策略性的思考,怎麼帶領一個新創企業(不論是網路或是其他領域)度過創業初期的困境。面對投資者,該有哪些進對應退等等的技巧。雖然每一個案例大概都會遇到差不多的問題,但都流於表面的記錄與對話。

    但如果當故事書看,這本書倒是描述的相當不錯。每篇的篇幅都不大,睡前看一個案例,倒是非常適合。如果你想更深入的了解這二三十年資訊網路業的發展軌跡,這本書倒是一個非常不錯,閱讀起來輕鬆愉快的選擇喔!!

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    Sam said on Apr 29, 2012 | Add your feedback

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    才看完PAYPAL的創業心得
    我就覺得這本書太棒了

    如果說拿破崙希爾的思考致富是集結當時成功人士的心得
    那麼這本書可以說是科技業新世代的思考致富

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    Ray 光 said on Aug 5, 2011 | Add your feedback

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    A must for any wanna-be-startupper

    The unfiltered hands-on experiences of some popular Silicon Valley entrepreneurs.
    Ideas are cheap, execution always makes the difference.
    Each interview has some good takeaway for anybody interested or involved in the startup world.

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    Alessandro Magnino said on Jul 10, 2011 | Add your feedback

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    Ho letto Founders at work.

    "What were the problems that you faced founding your company?

    What weren’t they? Hiring people, firing people, understanding our business model, getting customers, servicing the customers, finding office space, scaling the company, staring do ...(continue)

    "What were the problems that you faced founding your company?

    What weren’t they? Hiring people, firing people, understanding our business model, getting customers, servicing the customers, finding office space, scaling the company, staring down competitors, going public, raising money, satisfying shareholders. All in the first nine months. (Bob Davis, fondatore e CEO di Lycos)."

    Cosa possono avere in comune i fondatori di Adobe, Apple, Blogger, Excite, Firefox, Flickr, Gmail, Hotmail, Six Apart, Yahoo! e svariati altri?

    Molto più di quanto si possa immaginare. Questo libro è un fantastico trip nel delirio della start-up versione Silicon Valley, ossia la dimensione più talent-oriented possibile dell’avventura imprenditoriale.

    In un certo senso è bello scoprire che i geniali fondatori di queste aziende sono stati (e talvolta rimangono, vedi Wozniak, l’uomo che ha inventato l’Apple dopocena) prima di tutto dei sognatori, dei visionari, degi idealisti al di là dei container di denaro che hanno guadagnato dopo aver venduto le proprie aziende.

    Gente che ha iniziato magari sedendosi a un tavolo con gli amici to be a company, no matter what.

    Oppure altri che hanno sviluppato progetti, applicazioni, prodotti per pura passione tecnologica.
    Quante volte ho letto the product, the product, the user experience, insomma l’amore per quello che ti piace fare, sopra qualsiasi business plan (business plan? sì, dopo, quando tocca andare a chieder soldi ai venture capitalists, allora sì tocca farlo) strategie di marketing (marketing? didn’t have marketing budget, it’s all been grassroots, word of mouth, dice Blake Ross, inventore di Firefox).

    Insomma, un affascinante libro di avventure, dove vincono sempre i buoni, perché nella Silicon Valley anche chi perde vince (fallire in un’impresa economica non è visto come una macchia vergognosa, ma come una medaglia in più sul petto).

    Il libro in una frase:

    "Sognate anche voi di essere un nerd sul filo dell’esaurimento per alcuni anni lavorando oltre ogni limite (dormendo 4 ore ogni 2 giorni sotto la scrivania dell’ufficio, per dire) per assurgere poi a popolarità planetaria e sconfinata ricchezza: questo libro ve ne dà la possibilità attraverso i racconti in prima persona di come sono partiti i fondatori di aziende come Apple, Yahoo!, TiVo, Paypal, Adobe e molte altre."

    E se volete il parere del marketing guru Guy Kawasaki, lo trovate qui.

    Se vuoi leggere il post originale su ohmymarketing.wordpress.com clicca qui:

    http://ohmymarketing.wordpress.com/2007/06/07/ho-letto-…

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    Coworking Cowo / Massimo Carraro said on Jul 8, 2010 | Add your feedback

  • 1 person finds this helpful

    Very good choice of subjects for the interviews, some really amazing personalities from the IT world, shown as they are. <br />A very competent interviewer, able to ask the right questions, without ever getting in the way of the answers, always ...(continue)

    Very good choice of subjects for the interviews, some really amazing personalities from the IT world, shown as they are. <br />A very competent interviewer, able to ask the right questions, without ever getting in the way of the answers, always detailed and complete. <br />Fresh, never boring, a really inspirational book for whoever has ever thought of starting a company of his own, a very interesting read for anyone.

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    Michele said on Nov 3, 2009 | Add your feedback

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  • English Books
  • Hardcover 500 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 1590597141
  • ISBN-13: 9781590597149
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publish date: 2007-01-22
  • Dimensions: 193 mm x 1,031 mm x 1,483 mm
  • Also available as: Paperback , Others
  • In other languages: other languages 繁體書
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