The Startup Playbook

Secrets of the Fastest-Growing Startups from Their Founding Entrepreneurs

Author: David Kidder

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 1452105049

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 291

View: 7076

Outlines the managerial decisions and leadership goals that guide a startup business to success, and provides tips and advice from the founders of such companies as Spanx, Zipcar, Flickr, Honest Tea, and LinkedIn.

The Startup Playbook

Secrets of the Fastest-Growing Startups from their Founding Entrepreneurs

Author: David S. Kidder

Publisher: Chronicle Books

ISBN: 1452124043

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

View: 2512

According to the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity, more than 565,000 new businesses were created in 2010 in the United States alone—each one of them hoping to strike gold. The Startup Playbook will help them succeed. Going insider to insider with unprecedented access, New York Times bestselling author and Clickable CEO, David Kidder, shares the hard-hitting experiences of some of the world’s most influential entrepreneurs and CEOs, revealing their most closely held advice. Face-to-face interviews with 40 founders give readers key insights into what it took to build PayPal, LinkedIn, AOL, TED, Flickr, and many others into household names. Special sections include topics ranging from how to select the right idea to pursue to finding funding and overcoming inevitable obstacles. In an economy demanding change, The Startup Playbook is the go-to for entrepreneurs big and small.

Regulatory Hacking

A Playbook for Startups

Author: Evan Burfield,J.D. Harrison

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0525533214

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

View: 2094

Every startup wants to change the world. But the ones who truly make an impact know something the others don't: how to make government and regulation work for them. As startups use technology to shape the way we live, work, and learn, they're taking on challenges in sectors like healthcare, infrastructure, and education, where failure is far more consequential than a humorous chat with Siri or the wrong package on your doorstep. These startups inevitably have to face governments responsible for protecting citizens through regulation. Love it or hate it, we're entering the next era of the digital revolution: the Regulatory Era. The big winners in this era--in terms of both impact and financial return--will need skills they won't teach you in business school or most startup incubators: how to scale a business in an industry deeply intertwined with government. Here, for the first time, is the playbook on how to win the regulatory era. "Regulatory hacking" doesn't mean "cutting through red tape"; it's really about finding a creative, strategic approach to navigating complex markets. Evan Burfield is the cofounder of 1776, a Washington, DC-based venture capital firm and incubator specializing in regulated industries. Burfield has coached startups on how to understand, adapt to, and influence government regulation. Now, in Regulatory Hacking, he draws on that expertise and real startup success stories to show you how to do the same. For instance, you'll learn how... * AirBnB rallied a grassroots movement to vote No on San Francisco's Prop F, which would have restricted its business in the city. * HopSkipDrive overcame safety concerns about its kids' ridesharing service by working with state government to build trust into its platform. * 23andMe survived the FDA's order to stop selling its genetic testing kits by building trusted relationships with scientists who could influence the federal regulatory community. Through fascinating case studies and interviews with startup founders, Burfield shows you how to build a compelling narrative for your startup, use it to build a grassroots movement to impact regulation, and develop influence to overcome entrenched relationships between incumbents and governments. These are just some of the tools in the book that you'll need to win the next frontier of innovation.

How to Start a Startup

The Silicon Valley Playbook for Entrepreneurs

Author: ThinkApps

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780997268515

Category:

Page: 198

View: 6296

How to Start a Startup is based on material from a Stanford University course taught by Y Combinator, the prestigious startup accelerator behind billion-dollar companies like Airbnb and Dropbox. This in-depth reference guide to creating a successful startup reveals the secrets to raising money, building products users love, hiring a great team, getting press coverage, attracting customers, scaling your business, and more.

The Lean Product Playbook

How to Innovate with Minimum Viable Products and Rapid Customer Feedback

Author: Dan Olsen

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118960874

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 336

View: 1167

This book describes the Lean Product Process: a repeatable, easy-to-follow methodology for iterating your way to product-market fit. It walks you through how to: * Determine your target customers * Identify underserved customer needs * Create a winning product strategy * Decide on your Minimum Viable Product (MVP) * Design your MVP prototype * Test your MVP with customers * Iterate rapidly to achieve product-market fit This book was written by entrepreneur and Lean product expert Dan Olsen whose experience spans product management, UX design, coding, analytics, and marketing across a variety of products. As a hands-on consultant, he refined and applied the advice in this book as he helped many companies improve their product process and build great products. His clients include Facebook, Box, Hightail, Epocrates, and Medallia.

Shortcut Your Startup

Speed Up Success with Unconventional Advice from the Trenches

Author: Courtney Reum,Carter Reum

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501172999

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

View: 8311

"Courtney and Carter Reum have years of experience in the field, from investing in over 130 companies--including Lyft, Pinterest, Warby Parker, and ClassPass--to driving the success of their own liquor brand, VEEV Spirits. The Reum brothers have learned from every triumph and tribulation, and over the years have developed [a] ... guide to help entrepreneurs through the startup journey from inception to sale. Complete with personal anecdotes and real-life advice from the business playing field, [this book] outlines Courtney and Carter's ten key 'startup switchups' that flip traditional advice on its head"--

The Start-up of You

Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career

Author: Reid Hoffman,Ben Casnocha

Publisher: Currency

ISBN: 0307888924

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 304

View: 3466

A blueprint for thriving in your job and building a career by applying the lessons of Silicon Valley’s most innovative entrepreneurs. LinkedIn cofounder and chairman Reid Hoffman and author Ben Casnocha show how to accelerate your career in today’s competitive world. The key is to manage your career as if it were a start-up business: a living, breathing, growing start-up of you. Why? Start-ups--and the entrepreneurs who run them--are nimble. They invest in themselves. They build their professional networks. They take intelligent risks. They make uncertainty and volatility work to their advantage. These are the very same skills professionals need to get ahead today. This book isn’t about cover letters or resumes. Instead, you will learn the best practices of Silicon Valley start-ups, and how to apply these entrepreneurial strategies to your career. Whether you work for a giant multinational corporation, a small local business, or launching your own venture, you need to know how to: * Adapt your career plans as you change, the people around you change, and industries change. * Develop a competitive advantage to win the best jobs and opportunities. * Strengthen your professional network by building powerful alliances and maintaining a diverse mix of relationships. * Find the unique breakout opportunities that massively accelerate career growth. * Take proactive risks to become more resilient to industry tsunamis. * Tap your network for information and intelligence that help you make smarter decisions. A revolutionary new guide to thriving in today's fractured world of work, the strategies in this book will help you survive and thrive and achieve your boldest professional ambitions. The Start-Up of You empowers you to become the CEO of your career and take control of your future.

The Startup Checklist

25 Steps to a Scalable, High-Growth Business

Author: David S. Rose

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 111916379X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

View: 1187

"Most books on entrepreneurship focus on strategic issues like product/market fit, deciding what market to be in, or what business to buy, how to get traction with customers, etc. Examples include bestselling perennials such as The Lean Startup, Art of the Start, Zero to One, Startup Owner's Manual, et al Simple Startup, covers a completely different part of the process: the concrete details of business launch, growth, and management. Most best-sellers that promise to tell people how to start a business do so very briefly, and quickly end up recommending that readers seek guidance from lawyers, accountants, and other paid advisors. Simple Startup gives readers the detailed insights they need to understand exactly what they need from each of these professional counselors, to ask the smart questions that will help them get their money's worth, and to make intelligent decisions independent of their advisors' recommendations. Simple Startup is aimed at those who want to make it really big, not just the home-based artisans, daycare providers, or dry cleaning stores. These are innovators and visionaries who have the passion, drive, and creativity to launch a great company, but who need a nuts-and-bolts guide to the hundreds of complex challenges that derail many a business on the journey from their first business card to a successful company sale or IPO"--

High Growth Handbook

Scaling Startups from 10 to 10,000 People

Author: Elad Gil

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781732265103

Category:

Page: N.A

View: 1420

Well known technology executive and angel investor Elad Gil has worked with high growth tech companies like Airbnb, Twitter, Google, Instacart, Coinbase, Stripe, and Square as they've grown from small companies into global brands. Across all of these break-out companies, a set of common patterns has evolved into a repeatable playbook that Gil has codified in High Growth Handbook. Covering key topics including the role of the CEO, managing your board, recruiting and managing an executive team, M&A, IPOs and late stage funding rounds, and interspersed with over a dozen interviews with some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley including Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn), Marc Andreessen (Andreessen Horowitz), and Aaron Levie (Box), High Growth Handbook presents crystal clear guidance for navigating the most complex challenges that confront leaders and operators in high-growth startups. In what Reid Hoffman, cofounder of LinkedIn and co-author of the #1 NYT bestsellers The Alliance and The Startup of You calls "a trenchant guide," High Growth Handbook is the playbook for turning a startup into a unicorn.

The Startup Owner's Manual

The Step-by-Step Guide for Building a Great Company

Author: Steve Blank,Bob Dorf

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 098920054X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 608

View: 7895

Welcome to The Startup Owner's Manual, a near-encyclopedic manual that will teach you * How to incorporate the Business Model Canvas as the organizing principle for startup hypotheses * How to find Product-Market fit * How to Get, Keep and Grow customers * How to fuel growth with metrics that matter The Startup Owner's Manual walks you, step-by-step, through the tested and proven Customer Development process created by startup expert Steve Blank, unlocking the secrets to building a successful, scalable company. This book: * Guides startups of all types in their search for a scalable, profitable business model * Explains the 9 deadly sins startups commit most often - and helps you avoid them * Provides separate paths and advice for physical versus web/mobile products * Explains how to test and iterate your company's road to product/market fit * Details strategies and tactics for how to get, keep and grow customers * Teaches a new math for startups -- metrics that matter * Includes detailed checklists at every step of the process ...and provides hundreds of ideas, watch-outs and "how tos" for founders! The Startup Owner's Manual lays out the best practices, lessons and tips that have swept the startup world, offering a wealth of proven advice and information for entrepreneurs of all stripes. It is used by thousands of startups, leading universities (including Stanford, U.C. Berkeley and Columbia) and the U.S. National Science Foundation, among many others.

The Startup Way

The Revolutionary Way of Working That Will Change How Companies Thrive and Grow

Author: Eric Ries

Publisher: Crown Business

ISBN: 9781524762391

Category:

Page: N.A

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The Social Entrepreneur's Playbook, Expanded Edition

Pressure Test, Plan, Launch and Scale Your Social Enterprise

Author: Ian MacMillan,James Thompson

Publisher: Wharton Digital Press

ISBN: 1613630328

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 234

View: 361

Available for the First Time: The Complete Social Entrepreneur’s Playbook Covers all three phases of the start-up to scale-up process, developed with reader feedback from “one of the more unusual ebook...experiments of the year” (ThinReads) Wharton professor Ian C. MacMillan and Dr. James Thompson, director of the Wharton Social Entrepreneurship Program, provide a tough-love approach that significantly increases the likelihood of a successful social enterprise launch in the face of the high-uncertainty conditions typically encountered by social entrepreneurs. MacMillan and Thompson used their own systematic framework to publish The Social Entrepreneur’s Playbook. To test the market, they offered the first phase in their start-up method (step 1) as a free ebook. Readers were invited to join The Social Entrepreneur’s Advisory Group, and nearly 300 aspiring and active social entrepreneurs shared feedback that helped shape the complete edition of the book, which covers all three steps in the start-up to scale-up process. Based on this crowd-sourced feedback from readers of the free ebook and drawing on the authors’ more than 26 years’ combined experience developing and studying social enterprises in the field across Africa and in the United States, this new edition provides guidance for each phase: Phase One: Pressure Test Your Start-Up Idea. Based on the free ebook, this expanded section now includes advice on setting revenue and social impact goals, how to navigate the sociopolitical landscape, and how to develop a strong concept statement. In addition, MacMillan and Thompson provide advice on how to identify and test a proposed revenue-generating solution and define and segment your target population. Phase Two: Plan Your Social Enterprise. All new to this edition, this critical phase shows you how to frame and scope the venture, determine what it will take to actually deliver a sustainable enterprise, identify the key assumptions that have been made, and design checkpoints to test those assumptions before making major investments. Phase Three: Launch and Scale Your Social Enterprise. Available for the first time in this edition, you will learn how to effectively launch your enterprise, manage upside potential and downside risk, and strategically scale up. Filled with accessible frameworks and tools, as well as inspiring stories of social entrepreneurs, The Social Entrepreneur’s Playbook is a must-read for any aspiring or active social entrepreneur, as well as philanthropists, foundations, and nonprofits interested in doing more good with fewer resources. Includes access to downloadable planning documents, including user-friendly spreadsheets

Unshakeable

Your Financial Freedom Playbook

Author: Tony Robbins,Peter Mallouk

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501164589

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

View: 3641

After interviewing fifty of the world’s greatest financial minds and penning the #1 New York Times bestseller Money: Master the Game, Tony Robbins returns with a step-by-step playbook, taking you on a journey to transform your financial life and accelerate your path to financial freedom. No matter your salary, your stage of life, or when you started, this book will provide the tools to help you achieve your financial goals more rapidly than you ever thought possible. Robbins, who has coached more than fifty million people from 100 countries, is the world’s #1 life and business strategist. In this book, he teams up with Peter Mallouk, the only man in history to be ranked the #1 financial advisor in the US for three consecutive years by Barron’s. Together they reveal how to become unshakeable—someone who can not only maintain true peace of mind in a world of immense uncertainty, economic volatility, and unprecedented change, but who can profit from the fear that immobilizes so many. In these pages, through plain English and inspiring stories, you’ll discover… -How to put together a simple, actionable plan that can deliver true financial freedom. -Strategies from the world’s top investors on how to protect yourself and your family and maximize profit from the inevitable crashes and corrections to come. -How a few simple steps can add a decade or more of additional retirement income by discovering what your 401(k) provider doesn’t want you to know. -The core four principles that most of the world’s greatest financial minds utilize so that you can maximize upside and minimize downside. -The fastest way to put money back in your pocket: uncover the hidden fees and half truths of Wall Street—how the biggest firms keep you overpaying for underperformance. -Master the mindset of true wealth and experience the fulfillment you deserve today.

Where Startup Ideas Come from

A Playbook for Generating Business Ideas

Author: Mike Fishbein

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781500815899

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 150

View: 595

How to Get New Business Ideas -- 4 Proven MethodologiesMost startups fail. But with the right approach to developing new business ideas, many of these failures could be avoided. At the core of every successful business is a product or service that people want. This book includes four methodologies that focus on learning what customers really want before building a product or trying to validate it. What The Most Successful Business Ideas Have in CommonLearn what thousands of the top technology startups and some of the most disruptive innovation in history all have in common. This book includes case studies on how these four methodologies apply to the world's most successful and innovative companies like Netflix, Airbnb, Uber, Kraft, Salesforce, Facebook, Instagram, Skype, Twitter, and more. The Startup Idea PlaybookThis book includes: An ideation framework for new business innovation -- four proven methodologies How to get new business ideas -- that customers will love! How to evaluate and test business ideas The best business to start given your goals, abilities, strengths, and assets Why Start a Business? Software is eating the world...and disrupting nearly every major industry in its path. Software development and customer acquisition are getting cheaper and easier...and there has never been so many people using the Internet on their computers and mobile phones. There has never been a better time to start a business! Entrepreneurship can provide you with financial freedom, the ability to monetize your passion, and the ability to provide meaningful value to society. In today's uncertain economy, starting a business is not just an exciting thing to do; it may be essential for safety and security. Stop waiting for that elusive “stroke of genius”! Instead of waiting for business ideas to come to you, go find them. After reading this book, “coming up with startup ideas” will no longer be preventing you from starting a business. Learn from the success of some of the most innovative ideas in history and start your own business today! You don't need an MBA, a business plan, venture capital funding, or exceptional creativity, creative thinking, or brainstorming skills to get a great business idea. How to Build Products People LoveAn entrepreneur's job is to serve his or her customers by solving a problem and delivering value. In a free market, entrepreneurs who don't serve customers fail. To execute, an entrepreneur must identify customer demands and how to meet them. This book covers four frameworks for obtaining customer insights about problems and demands. A Playbook for Entrepreneurs and InnovatorsThis book provides four methodologies to apply even before you start running Lean. For entrepreneurs - from bootstrapped startups to intrapreneurs and corporate innovation teams. Drawing from lessons from top innovators like Eric Ries (Author of The Lean Startup), Steve Blank (Author of Four Steps to The Epiphany and The Startup Owner's Manual), IDEO (Design Thinking), Chris Dixon (Partner at Andreessen Horowitz), Paul Graham (Founder of Y-Combinator), Dave McClure (Founder of 500 Startups), James Altucher (Author of Choose Yourself), Clayton Christensen (Author of The Innovator's Dilemma), Steve Jobs (Founder of Apple), and more. The 20th century startup strategy was to (1) generate an idea, (2) build a product, and (3) see if it has market demand. The Lean Startup taught us to (1) generate an idea, (2) see if it has market demand, and (3) build a product if it does have demand. In this book I propose to(1) generate an idea based on what market demand data you have or can get quickly, and (2) iteratively develop the product to ensure it meets demand. You will walk away from this book with four methodologies for efficiently and effectively generating new business ideas.

Behind the Cloud

The Untold Story of How Salesforce.com Went from Idea to Billion-Dollar Company-and Revolutionized an Industry

Author: Marc Benioff,Carlye Adler

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470535929

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 304

View: 9237

How did salesforce.com grow from a start up in a rented apartment into the world's fastest growing software company in less than a decade? For the first time, Marc Benioff, the visionary founder, chairman and CEO of salesforce.com, tells how he and his team created and used new business, technology, and philanthropic models tailored to this time of extraordinary change. Showing how salesforce.com not only survived the dotcom implosion of 2001, but went on to define itself as the leader of the cloud computing revolution and spark a $46-billion dollar industry, Benioff's story will help business leaders and entrepreneurs stand out, innovate better, and grow faster in any economic climate. In Behind the Cloud, Benioff shares the strategies that have inspired employees, turned customers into evangelists, leveraged an ecosystem of partners, and allowed innovation to flourish.

The Founder's Dilemmas

Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup

Author: Noam Wasserman

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 1400841933

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 496

View: 5292

Often downplayed in the excitement of starting up a new business venture is one of the most important decisions entrepreneurs will face: should they go it alone, or bring in cofounders, hires, and investors to help build the business? More than just financial rewards are at stake. Friendships and relationships can suffer. Bad decisions at the inception of a promising venture lay the foundations for its eventual ruin. The Founder's Dilemmas is the first book to examine the early decisions by entrepreneurs that can make or break a startup and its team. Drawing on a decade of research, Noam Wasserman reveals the common pitfalls founders face and how to avoid them. He looks at whether it is a good idea to cofound with friends or relatives, how and when to split the equity within the founding team, and how to recognize when a successful founder-CEO should exit or be fired. Wasserman explains how to anticipate, avoid, or recover from disastrous mistakes that can splinter a founding team, strip founders of control, and leave founders without a financial payoff for their hard work and innovative ideas. He highlights the need at each step to strike a careful balance between controlling the startup and attracting the best resources to grow it, and demonstrates why the easy short-term choice is often the most perilous in the long term. The Founder's Dilemmas draws on the inside stories of founders like Evan Williams of Twitter and Tim Westergren of Pandora, while mining quantitative data on almost ten thousand founders. People problems are the leading cause of failure in startups. This book offers solutions.

Start-up Nation

The Story of Israel's Economic Miracle

Author: Dan Senor,Saul Singer

Publisher: Twelve

ISBN: 1455503460

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 336

View: 5579

START-UP NATION addresses the trillion dollar question: How is it that Israel-- a country of 7.1 million, only 60 years old, surrounded by enemies, in a constant state of war since its founding, with no natural resources-- produces more start-up companies than large, peaceful, and stable nations like Japan, China, India, Korea, Canada and the UK? With the savvy of foreign policy insiders, Senor and Singer examine the lessons of the country's adversity-driven culture, which flattens hierarchy and elevates informality-- all backed up by government policies focused on innovation. In a world where economies as diverse as Ireland, Singapore and Dubai have tried to re-create the "Israel effect", there are entrepreneurial lessons well worth noting. As America reboots its own economy and can-do spirit, there's never been a better time to look at this remarkable and resilient nation for some impressive, surprising clues.

Digital @ Scale

The Playbook You Need to Transform Your Company

Author: Anand Swaminathan,Jürgen Meffert

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119433746

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

View: 1275

A blueprint for reinventing the core of your business Value in the next phase of the digital era will go to those companies that don't just try digital but also scale it. [email protected] examines what it takes for companies to break through the gravitational pull of their legacy organizations and capture the full value of digital. Digging into more than fifty detailed case studies and years of McKinsey experience and data, the authors, along with a group of expert contributors, show how companies can move beyond incremental change to transform the business where the greatest value is generated'at its core. The authors provide practical insights into the three pillars of digital transformations that successfully scale: reinventing the business model, building out a business architecture from the customer back into the organization, and establishing an 'amoeba' IT and organizational foundation that learns and evolves. This is the ideal guide for all leaders who recognize the power and promise of a digital transformation.