Founders at Work Stories of Startups' Early Days

ISBN-10: 1430210788

ISBN-13: 9781430210788

Edition: 2008

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For wouldbe entrepreneurs, innovation managers or just anyone fascinated by the special chemistry and drive that created some of the best technology companies in the world, this book offers both wisdom and engaging insights-straight from the source. - Chris Anderson, editorinchief of Wired Magazine , and author of The Long Tail ldquo;All the best things that I did at Apple came from (a) not having money and (b) not having done it before, ever.rdquo; -Steve Wozniak, Apple Founders at Work: Stories of Startupsrsquo; 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 businessesdo-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.
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List price: $17.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Apress L. P.
Publication date: 3/11/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 488
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.518
Language: English

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 ( She has a bachelor's degree in English from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

About the Author
Max Levchin: PayPal
Sabeer Bhatia: Hotmail
Steve Wozniak: Apple Computer
Joe Kraus: Excite
Dan Bricklin: Software Arts
Mitchell Kapor: Lotus Development
Ray Ozzie: Iris Associates, Groove Networks
Evan Williams: Pyra Labs (
Tim Brady: Yahoo
Mike Lazaridis: Research In Motion
Arthur van Hoff: Marimba
Paul Buchheit: Gmai
Steve Perlman: Web TV
Mike Ramsay: TiVo
Paul Graham: Viaweb
Joshua Schachter:
Mark Fletcher: ONElist, Bloglines
Craig Newmark: craigslist
Caterina Fake: Flickr
Brewster Kahle: WAIS, Internet Archive, Alexa Internet
Charles Geschke: Adobe Systems
Ann Winblad: Open Systems, Hummer Winblad
David Heinemeier Hansson: 37signals
Philip Greenspun: ArsDigita
Joel Spolsky: Fog Creek Software
Stephen Kaufer: TripAdvisor
James Hong: Hot or Not
James Currier: Tickle
Blake Ross: Firefox
Mena Trott: Six Apart
Bob Davis: Lycos
Ron Gruner: Alliant Computer Systems,
Jessica Livingston: Y Combinator
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