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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 start-up, to learn how it's done.

But ultimately these interviews are required reference for anyone who wants to understand business, because start-ups are business reduced to its essence. The reason their founders become rich is that start-ups do what businesses do - create value - more intensively than almost any other part of the economy. How? What are the secrets that make successful start-ups so insanely productive? Listen to this book, and let the founders themselves tell you.

©2008 Jessica Livingston (P)2021 Upfront Books

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The book majorly talks about the tech founders and most of the chapters are really insightful.

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  • 11-04-22

Wish I had listened to the book sooner.

Fills the gap between what you know about startups and everything you need to know about startups but didn’t know to ask.

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  • 27-07-22

The read is very monotonic sounding almost robotic

The narrator was emotionless.
Content is good but the delivery makes being attentive very difficult
Struggled to finish

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  • Mujammil
  • 03-08-21

Don't make the same mistakes! Read this book!!!!!

Jessica really asks the best of questions to get the core information that every entrepreneurs needs. The responses she receives really answers many common questions for entrepreneurs and people who are looking forward on starting up a business on their own

There is no better place to learn than the people who have actually done it
I'm going to have to re read this one :)