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4.0 out of 5 stars
A great book despite poor implementation, April 26 2007
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.