Startup Life

Surviving and Thriving in a Relationship with an Entrepreneur

Author: Brad Feld,Amy Batchelor

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118443640

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 224

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A Boulder, Colorado-based entrepreneur turned-venture capitalist, drawing on his 20 years of experience, provides practical advice for adapting to change, overcoming the inevitable ups and downs associated with the entrepreneurial lifestyle and maintaining a successful marriage/relationship.

Startup Your Life

Hustle and Hack Your Way to Happiness

Author: Anna Akbari

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 125009917X

Category: Self-Help

Page: 256

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As an entrepreneur, Anna Akbari learned that one of the best things about startups is their ability to “pivot” quickly—basically a euphemism for failing and starting over. And she quickly found that personal success is no different. It’s not just about developing and following the right process but also having a good idea. And that demands rigor and daily maintenance—far beyond a few positive affirmations. Like any Silicon Valley startup, the business of life is not as glamorous as its Instagram account would make it seem. What do you do when planning is not an option? When control is out of your reach? You isolate the small stuff, experiment constantly, and use the results to lay a more sustainable foundation for the future. You validate your idealized vision by testing it out in bite-sized increments. You see what sticks, integrate, and move forward. And inevitably, you experience a series of failures along the way, but those failures are key to your next success. Living a start up life is about maximizing flexibility and measuring on-going results, not avoiding failure or reaching one particular end goal. It's about embracing defeat, analyzing it, and failing up. In Startup Your Life, Akbari shows that after all, it's often the stumbles that pave the way for real happiness.

Sack the Startup

The Attitude You Wear to Work

Author: Banudas Athreya

Publisher: Notion Press

ISBN: 1947349821

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 180

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Any conversation about startups begins with “More than 90% of the startups fail” – You hear this, you stay away from the startup ecosystem. For the first time, Banudas Athreya brings about a real breakthrough for success in startups and the startup ecosystem for you. When you are in a startup, you should look upon yourself as an investor, who is investing 'time and energy' and not just as an employee getting paid for his services. An investor evaluates the performance of the companies in which money is invested and does not hesitate to exit the investment if necessary. Sack the Startup is about the attitude you wear and carry to be successful in the startup ecosystem. It emphasizes that you are on equal footing with the employer and have the same power and responsibilities. When you work for a startup you also need to evaluate whether the startup works for you. In Sack the Startup, you get to know • The attitude required to be successful in startups • The need to work on yourself first, before working on products or markets • That ‘being the right person’ is more important than ‘doing the right things’ • That you can be successful, whether the startup is successful or not • The startup offers you a journey that is exciting, irrespective of the destination

Power to the Startup People

How To Grow Your Startup Career When You’re Not The Founder

Author: Sarah E. Brown

Publisher: Hybrid Global Publishing

ISBN: 1948181266

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 194

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While a ton of proverbial ink has been spilled about how to “crush it” as a founder or startup leader, there’s very little in the way of guidance for how we employees can hack our own careers. In this engaging book, get the tools and tips to navigate the world of tech startups and make better decisions about your career along the way. Get practical advice on topics including how to ask for a promotion and raise, level up in your career, manage your boss, navigate startup failure (and success!), and more. After reading this book, you’ll know the answers to the following questions: -How will I know if I should try working at a startup? -How will I know if the startup I’ve chosen is the “right” one? -How much does my title matter? -How do I balance startup life with “life” life? -At what point should I ask for a promotion, and if I don’t receive it, when should I move on in order to be at a higher status and stay competitive in your field? Power to the startup people!

The Tech Entrepreneur's Survival Guide: How to Bootstrap Your Startup, Lead Through Tough Times, and Cash In for Success

How to Bootstrap Your Startup, Lead Through Tough Times, and Cash In for Success

Author: Bernd Schoner

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 0071823360

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

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Most technology startups never make it to the funding stage, and only a small percentage of those that are venture-backed generate a positive return for their investors. An even smaller number of startup founders enjoy a truly prosperous exit. Bernd Schoner cofounded his tech startup during the dot-com bust, navigated it through market crises and internal turmoil, brought it through the global financial meltdown intact, and eventually sold it to a multibillion-dollar, multinational public technology company. In The Tech Entrepreneur's Survival Guide, Bernd shares what he learned and what he wished he knew at the time. He explains the major phases in a technology company's life cycle, helping entrepreneurs avoid common pitfalls and survive crises when they strike. He guides readers from the initial bootstrapping process through venture-capital financing and provides valuable advice on how to sell a technology company profitably--even in a challenging economic environment. Every chapter presents solutions to realworld issues that could otherwise have fatal consequences for a tech venture. Aspiring tech entrepreneurs will learn to: Set up shop: build the team, assemble necessary startup assets (including technology and intellectual property), get legal and financial affairs in order Secure capital: ask for money, nail the term sheet, ask for more money Get out: know when to sell, who to sell to, and how to make it a happy exit for all stakeholders, including the employees Written with deep insight, refreshing candor, and a dash of humor, this comprehensive guide to the often harsh realities of startup life is indispensable for entrepreneurs at any stage. PRAISE FOR THE TECH ENTREPRENEUR'S SURVIVAL GUIDE: "A genuine narrative from the field, with battle scars and self-reflection. Reading this book will help you avoid many pitfalls." -- Nicholas Negroponte, professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab "There's a lot of great insights and practical advice for the entrepreneur in this book, stuff you normally won't read or hear unless you buy some hard-bitten company founder a few drinks. If you are launching a technology startup, reading this book is the thing you should do first." -- Mark Roberti, founder and editor in chief of RFID Journal "I wish I had read Bernd's book when we founded The Echo Nest. Bernd touches on all the major issues in the initial formation stages of a tech company and many of the problems that come up when the company matures. If you are thinking of founding your own tech startup, read this book first." -- Tristan Jehan, cofounder of The Echo Nest "A visceral, behind-the-scenes guide to technology entrepreneurship. Bernd tells it like it is and presents a universe of solutions to tricky startup situations that can significantly improve the odds of success. Indispensable." -- Larry Begley, cofounder and managing director at .406 Ventures "The best-laid business plans never survive contact with reality. Bernd has provided a comprehensive guide to anticipating the unexpected in the life of a startup." -- Neil Gershenfeld, professor and director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Bits and Atoms

You're Human: Startup Musings

Author: Seyi Fabode

Publisher: BlogIntoBook.com

ISBN: N.A

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 82

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You're an entrepreneur, but you're human. You've been through a lot and so has Seyi Fabode. In this book about startups he discusses everything from Fundraising, Pivoting and your emotions as a startup. There are 20 separate entries in this book including "Why Coding is overrated" and one that every entrepreneur should read: "Are you a Startup, or Business"

No Startup Hipsters

Build Scalable Technology Companies

Author: Samir Rath,Teodora Georgieva

Publisher: Samir Rath

ISBN: 0996010637

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 203

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The innovation ecosystem around the world is getting clogged up. Looking around us, there are numerous problems like polluted cities, obesity, health care, access to education, water supply and the list goes on. Sadly, much of the technology being built even in leading startup ecosystems around the world is short-sighted and focused on quick profitability rather than solving problems that millions face on a daily basis. This book is a call to return to basics and focus on innovation around actual problems that the normal person faces in his life around the world. We present a systematic approach to building early stage technology companies. We provide a collection of experiential decision frameworks that draw their academic credentials from design thinking, operational research, business strategy and microeconomics. We do not believe in generic advice. We enable entrepreneurs to figure out the strategies and tactics that would work for them in their local context for the specific problem that they are trying to solve. Subsequently, we outline more strategic information on understanding the suitability of the business model to the local innovation ecosystem and ways to scale with finance. We conclude the book with philosophical thoughts on our observations of the role of the entrepreneur in our economic system and the motivations of building a technology startup.

Life Is a Startup

What Founders Can Teach Us about Making Choices and Managing Change

Author: Noam Wasserman

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 1503607429

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 192

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After two decades of research on founders, a best-selling book on the subject, and experience teaching and mentoring thousands of students in this field, Noam Wasserman is a prominent authority on startups. Hearing from countless readers and students that his insights helped them with important life decisions, beyond the incubator and boardroom, Wasserman brings us a new book that applies to everyday life his research on the methods of successful startup founders. Like entrepreneurs, we all deal with uncertainty, tough decision-making, and necessary problem-solving. Whether we freelance or work for large organizations, whether we're married or single, have kids or not, we must be able to think on our feet, assess risks and opportunities, and recruit others to help us navigate them. This book offers important advice for envisioning change in our lives—from contemplating the next step in a relationship to making a radical career move—and managing changes to which we've already committed. We can learn to recognize our own well-worn patterns and keep our tendencies and habits in check, recruit a personal taskforce—our own board of directors—to advise us, and plan ahead for growth. With his extensive database of entrepreneurship case studies—from Pandora to Twitter to Nike—complemented with data on 20,000 founders, Wasserman is able to go deeply into the entrepreneurial mindset and show us how startups provide specific lessons for crafting our most successful lives.

Startup Guide to Guerrilla Marketing

A Simple Battle Plan For Boosting Profits

Author: Jay Levinson,Jeannie Levinson

Publisher: Entrepreneur Press

ISBN: 1613080336

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 276

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More than two decades and dozens of bestselling books have proven that guerrilla marketing is the number one low-cost method for marketing a business. If you’re abusiness owner who wants to take advantage of its powerful, effective techniques but don’t know where to start, the man who started it all teaches you just what to do. Jay Conrad Levinson, the father of guerrilla marketing, and Jeannie Levinson have teamed up to produce a beginner-oriented guide that shows business owners how to get started with guerrilla marketing. Presented with a generous supply of true-life stories from the Levinsons’ rich experience, it breathes life into the hottest and most well-known school of marketing so that readers are able to compete with assurance and market profitably. Covering the whole spectrum of marketing it takes readers from neophytes to guerrillas in 288 pages. Action-packed chapters include: • The personality of a marketing guerrilla • Guerrilla marketing defined • Succeeding with a guerrilla marketing attack • Selecting guerrilla marketing weapons • Creating a seven-sentence guerrilla marketing plan • Making a guerrilla marketing calendar • Launching your attack • Maintaining your campaign This is the ideal volume for first-time marketers who want to use guerrilla marketing techniques to bring their business to the top.

The Startup Equation: A Visual Guidebook to Building Your Startup

Author: Steve Fisher,Ja-Nae Duane

Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional

ISBN: 0071832378

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 288

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Filled with infographics, visuals, and case studies—a vibrant, practical guide to creating a winning business model for any startup The Startup Equation leads you step by step through the decisions and data to find your perfect startup model. You'll learn how to identify your “entrepreneurial type” and follow the book’s visual roadmap to building your own successful business plan for your unique dream. The book provides the blueprint for not only understanding the startup economy, but the challenges and opportunities for every type of new business. Steve Fisher is co-founder of the Revolution Factory, a global network that funds, builds, and launching new products. He is also co-founder of The Revolution Institute, a global nonprofit that promotes social good. Ja-Naé Duane is a speaker, strategist, social scientist, artist, creative economist, and author of How to Start Your Business with $100.