Founders at Work

Stories of Startups' Early Days

Authors: Livingston, Jessica

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  • Hard back version is a best seller
  • A passionate, first person account of the visions, sacrifices, and rewards of modern technology giants
  • The collection of people being interviewed is a Who’s Who of tech startups
  • The emphasis is on the earliest stage of startups, not the part when the company is big and boring
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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.

About the authors

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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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Founders at Work
Book Subtitle
Stories of Startups' Early Days
Authors
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Apress
Copyright Holder
Jessica Livingston
eBook ISBN
978-1-4302-1077-1
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4302-1077-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4302-1078-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 488
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