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Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2010

    Interesting

    This book is a great source for the individual going into IT or pursuing an IT start-up. I also feel there are some wonderful tips for those with an entrepreneur spirit. There are great tips to avoid failing as you go into business for yourself. If business and IT isn't one of your career goals, then search for the underlying commonality among each of these founders. I found that collaboration and teamwork was a common tool/skill that each of these founders had, because they made it with the help of others, and didn't go at it alone. Charles Geschke, co-founder of Adobe Systems gives this word of advice for someone wanting to do a start-up. He says "if you aren't passionate about what you are going to do, don't do it. Work smart and not long, because you need to preserve all of your life, not just your work life." The down side to this book would be the IT language the founders speak in their interviews. If IT isn't your area of expertise, then some of these interviews can clearly go over your head, and it makes for a hard read. It would have been helpful if Jessica Livingston would have included a "Terms to Know" guide in the introduction, and this would have prepared some readers of the verbiage used in the interviews.

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