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Joel Gascoigne (Co-founder/Buffer)There is so much great content packed into this book across all aspects of a start: ideas, execution, culture, hiring, firing, fundraising, product, metrics, incorporation, work-life balance. It is a book I can highly recommend if you're interested in or are getting started with a startup. Brad Feld and David Cohen are super smart and have a lot of experience, and it shows. I especially loved the chapter titled "If you want money, ask for advice". It's something I've tried to apply ever since reading the book. I've found that genuinely seeking advice is often more productive and leads to more opportunities than asking for money or a partnership or a sale.
Jilliene Helman (CEO/Realty Mogul)If you're truly really, really early stage and you're just getting started, there's different books than I think if you are growing a company or nearing 100 employees or like the challenges are different. I'd say like in the very, very early days my favorite book was Do More Faster, which is the tech star's book about how to get a company off the ground and pitfalls and all those kinds of things. Now, I really like reading books more about how people created the vision of their company and how people created the culture of their company, and how people grew exponentially, so it just depends on stage but those are some of my favorite books.
Magda Marcu (Co-Founder/Sailo)
My career path took many turns over the years, and in the end I think that my core prevailed. As an entrepreneur, one must be a dreamer, a risk-taker, an agent of change and not be afraid of barriers. For young people interested in that, I recommend a few great books recommended to me by the Techstars incubator when my company Sailo went through their program:
- “Do more faster”
- “The Lean Startup”
- “Venture Deals”
Nelson Chu (Founder/High5.ai)It will give you a lot of ideas how to be more productive.
TechStars is a mentorship-driven startup accelerator with operations in three U.S. cities. Once a year in each city, it funds about ten Internet startups with a small amount of capital and surrounds them with around fifty top Internet entrepreneurs and investors. Historically, about seventy-five percent of the companies that go through TechStars raise a meaningful amount of angel or venture capital. Do More Faster: TechStars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup is a collection of advice that comes from individuals who have passed through, or are part of, this proven program. Each vignette is an exploration of information often heard during the TechStars program and provides practical insights into early stage entrepreneurship.
- Contains seven sections, each focusing on a major theme within the TechStars program, including idea and vision, fundraising, legal and structure, and work/life balance
- Created by two highly regarded experts in the world of early stage investing
- Essays in each section come from the experienced author team as well as TechStar mentors, entrepreneurs, and founders of companies
While you'll ultimately have to make your own decisions about what's right for your business, Do More Faster: TechStars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup can get your entrepreneurial endeavor headed in the right direction.
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- How Jilliene Helman Raised $45M of Venture Capital and Built a Real Estate Crowdfunding Business (Growth Everywhere podcast)
- Magda Marcu, Co-Founder of Sailo, on Her Love for Books & Women in Business
- Nelson Chu, Founder of High5.ai, Talks about the Books that Changed His Mindset