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Add to cart. Be the first to write a review About this product. About this product Product Information Now available in paperbackwith 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.

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What was it like when they were just a couple friends with an idea? 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.

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Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days by Jessica Livingston

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Brand new Book. I believe that what holds many of us back is uncertainty and doubt. This is where "Founders at work" helps. Jessica Livingston has carried out interviews with the founders or, in some cases, early employees of technology startups.


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Each of the startups turned out as a success to some degree, although some of them later failed e. ArsDigita that went down in the flames of a legal battle between the founder Philip Greenspun and the venture capitalists funding the company. First of all, it is really relieving to read that virtually all of the startups were tremendously uncertain about their business and that many, at some point, were close to give it all up in fact Ron Wayne did; he thought it was to risky and sold out his 10 percent of Apple for a few hundred dollars at a point where the Apple II computer was about to hit the market!


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What hold them back and made them pull it through was, as Livingston remarks in the foreword, the extraordinary perseverance of the founders. That's probably the first lesson to learn: it takes a tremendous effort to actually make it.