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  • Hardcover: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (Jan. 26 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590597141
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590597149
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.3 x 3.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 771 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #254,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Format: Kindle Edition
This book is fascinating, simply for its format. Its broken down into 33 separate chapters, each showcasing interviews with founders of very successful tech companies. The interviews are thought provoking, tantalizingly aware, and mostly forthright.

I take some issue with the book's statement that "ultimately these interviews are required reading for anyone who wants to understand business". This is not the book for those who want to learn how to start a business. It will not teach you what you should and shouldn't do when starting a business. The value of this book is in its motivational and inspirational tone - a tone that emanates from the entrepreneurial spirit of the interviewees. Many people wonder what it takes to become rich and ridiculously successful, and this book does a great job in showcasing how a myriad of different individuals did just that. This book would read well for those already familiar with business looking for inspiration. Look elsewhere for guidance on how-to make it as an entrepreneur.
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This book is like a small notepad containing all the background information you wanted to know about the entrepreneurs of the best companies and how they were invented. You can never be wrong about your notes, just as you can never go wrong with this book. It wasn't a boring book, it felt like watching interviews in my imagination.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Y. Gingras on April 26 2007
Format: Hardcover
At last, we can have a peek at the life in the early stage of a

successful startup. Jessica Livingston interviewed several leaders of

the digital age. She takes us from the very beginning when there is

just a handful of founder and no one else to the culmination of the

exercise: IPO, acquisition, or commercial domination.

The stories are really interesting, unfortunately this book could use a

lot more editing. We get the interview verbatim, including the

praises by Livingston and the polite acknowledgments. When the

interview diverges, she is slow to bring it back on track; I really

was looking forward to the story of Wozniak, most of it end up in

technical details on the Apple II and few insights regarding the

startup. Some people are really terse and Livingston just go through

her list of questions without asking for more details.

If there was another book, the poor editing might lead to recommend it

instead. But there is no other book. This is the only book where you

learn about the pain and the joy of the first few years of those

companies. This is the only book where you can receive the advice of

the most successful founders. This is a book that must be read.
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