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Founders at Work

Stories of Startups' Early Days

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  • A passionate, first-person account of the visions, sacrifices, and rewards of modern technology giants

  • Interviews with the who’s who of tech startups, including Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Inc, and Sabeer Bhatia, founder of Hotmail.com

  • The interviews focus on the exciting early days of startup, and how these founders turned their ideas into successful, profitable ventures

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Table of contents (33 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xviii
  2. Max Levchin

    Pages 1-16
  3. Sabeer Bhatia

    Pages 17-29
  4. Steve Wozniak

    Pages 31-59
  5. Joe Kraus

    Pages 61-71
  6. Dan Bricklin

    Pages 73-88
  7. Mitchell Kapor

    Pages 89-102
  8. Ray Ozzie

    Pages 103-110
  9. Evan Williams

    Pages 111-125
  10. Tim Brady

    Pages 127-139
  11. Mike Lazaridis

    Pages 141-151
  12. Arthur van Hoff

    Pages 153-160
  13. Paul Buchheit

    Pages 161-172
  14. Steve Perlman

    Pages 173-190
  15. Mike Ramsay

    Pages 191-203
  16. Paul Graham

    Pages 205-222
  17. Joshua Schachter

    Pages 223-232
  18. Mark Fletcher

    Pages 233-246
  19. Craig Newmark

    Pages 247-255
  20. Caterina Fake

    Pages 257-264

About this book

Now available in paperback—with a new preface and interview with Jessica Livingston about Y Combinator!

Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' 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 businesses do—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.

Keywords

  • Business
  • Steve Wozniak
  • robot
  • technology
  • Management

About the author

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

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Founders at Work

  • Book Subtitle: Stories of Startups' Early Days

  • Authors: Jessica Livingston

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4302-1077-1

  • Publisher: Apress Berkeley, CA

  • eBook Packages: Business and Economics, Business and Management (R0), Apress Access Books

  • Copyright Information: Jessica Livingston 2008

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-1-4302-1078-8

  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4302-1077-1

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XVIII, 488

  • Topics: Business and Management

Buying options

eBook
USD 19.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-1-4302-1077-1
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD 27.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)