Startup CEO: A Field Guide to Scaling Up Your Business Hardcover – Sept. 3 2013
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- Item Weight : 654 g
- Hardcover : 400 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1118548361
- ISBN-13 : 978-1118548363
- Product Dimensions : 16 x 4.32 x 23.62 cm
- Publisher : Wiley (Sept. 3 2013)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #411,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for Startup CEO
"One of the key principles of the Lean Startup movement is that entrepreneurship is management. In Startup CEO, Matt Blumberg provides a comprehensive guide to every facet of entrepreneurial management. An essential and practical guide for entrepreneurs everywhere."
—Eric Ries, author, The Lean Startup
"There's no silver bullet for building a great company. Startup CEO deciphers the challenging, complex, uncertain, and oftentimes lonely role of a first-time CEO without oversimplifying it."
—Ben Horowitz, cofounder and General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz
"I've been on Matt's board for more than a decade, and I've watched him develop into one of the finest CEOs I've had the pleasure to work with. With Startup CEO, Matt allows other entrepreneurs to profit from his years of experience and emulate his remarkable example."
—Fred Wilson, cofounder, Union Square Ventures
"There is the one-in-a-million company that catches lightning in a bottle and grows like a weed without care and feeding. For the rest of us, there's Startup CEO, the how-to manual for getting there the old-fashioned way. This book will be your coach, mentor, and advisor in any situation you or your company are likely to encounter."
—David Rosenblatt, CEO, 1stdibs
"Startup CEO is the definitive book for any CEO—first time or otherwise—of a high-growth company. While dozens of books have been written about starting businesses, it's time for entrepreneurs to focus on scaling them. Matt shows them how."
—Brad Feld, Managing Director, Foundry Group
From the Back Cover
Whatever industry you may be involved inwhether it be architecture, medicine, or technologyscaling up your business can be one of the most difficult endeavors you may ever face. And in most cases, as the company grows, so will your role in it. Being a CEO is an incredibly complex job at any size company, but it can be especially challenging if you're part of a startup. In this case, you really don't have the luxury of making costly mistakes while learning on the job.
Back in 1999, author Matt Blumberg, a technology and marketing entrepreneur started a company called Return Path that later became the driving force behind the creation of his blog, OnlyOncebecause "you're only a first-time CEO once." Now, with Startup CEOthe third book in the Startup Revolution seriesBlumberg shares his experiences that led up to that point and discusses the details of this extremely difficult and unique job. Whether you're currently the CEO of your own company, an aspiring entrepreneur, or thinking about your own career development, the insights found here will put you in a better position to succeed.
Divided into five comprehensive parts, this reliable resource skillfully puts the essential elements of this endeavor in perspectivefrom the startup stage, through the revenue stage, and into the growth stage. Along the way, you'll gain valuable knowledge on:
- Part I: defining your vision of the startup and effectively communicating it to all stakeholders
- Part II: running the people side of your company, from creating a culture and the full cycle of employmentrecruiting, hiring, and retaining or firingto the growing challenge of managing remote employees
- Part III: the key elements of execution, including the specifics of financing the company and budgeting, running great meetings, and setting goals
- Part IV: the main aspects of managing a board, from recruiting members to working with them on potentially thorny topics like their performance or your compensation
- Part V: managing yourself so you can manage others, including creating your own operating system; working with an executive assistant, executive coach, and a peer group; and balancing family and work life
Startup CEO puts an emphasis on practical application. To that end, this book provides readers with exclusive access to a companion website filled with supplementary materials, allowing you to continue to learn in a hands-on fashion long after closing the book.
Being a startup CEO is one of the hardest jobs you'll ever have. But if you're motivated, creative, and enjoy building things, it's also the best job in the world. Startup CEO will show you what it takes to make it in this positionand while it may not have all the answers, it can help you figure out the questions you should always be asking.
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Probably too basic and too long in explaining details. There is a lot of blablabla. Anyways, maybe someday it will make sense to me. This
book makes me think about other books explaining what is a CEO and blablabla what I have done and you should do. Very boring.
Pretty much very disappointed. Please add details or post if you find answers to why this book might be useful. Sorry.
Top reviews from other countries
While many of the concepts discussed could be placed in the “I know that” bin, it’s good to cover these subjects as not all of us have the same background experience. It’s always good to have a general understanding of all subjects. I also see that one review on Amazon states that "I know this already" .... yes sure you do, but some people don't.
"Startup CEO" certainly covers pretty much all angles that a CEO might need to know. As a UK citizen many of the ways of doing business are only relevant in the US and not in the UK. The chapters on the Board structure and execution are US centric, but that isn’t a bad thing. We shouldn’t shy away from suggestions. Being a CEO does not mean that you have all the good ideas. Which is why I recommend you certainly check this book out if you are a CEO or an aspiring CEO.
It is arranged very well, sections highlighted with anecdotes, tips and thoughts. It is well written and thoroughly enjoyable. It is worth every penny and not one minute was wasted when I read it. And the sort of book you will want to use as a go to reference when putting together plans and strategy. I can not recommend enough.
Remember this is a "how to manage a growth company", not "how to build it".
This book does what it states on the cover and i found its advise and guidance very informative. Backed up with Matt's experience in his company and also with lots of other input from other people who have been there before.
It is US based but the lessons are the same and very helpful for what ever stage your at.
It also has the added value of a blog with downloads available which i thought was a very good added value as many would try and sell this as an in-book purchase. To openly supply templates on how you work is a breath of fresh air and this to me is a sign of what Matt is doing with this publication. i will happily download and borrow the format !
Well done Matt.