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They’re young, they’re brash,
they’re smart—and they’re
Generation Y is creating startups at an unprecedented rate, and their approach to business is unlike anything you’ve seen.
The generation described by the media as spoiled, entitled, even narcissistic, is proving these notions false every day. Inspired by the rock-star entrepreneurs of previous generations and driven by a burning desire to control their own destinies, GenY is rewriting the entrepreneurial playbook one cool startup at a time.
Inc. magazine writer Donna Fenn interviewed more than 150 young CEOs to learn what makes them tick. While upstarts are motivated by similar aspirations of past generations, their way of doing business is radically different—and it’s changing the way everyone must do business now.
Upstarts examines and analyzes this entrepreneurial revolution to reveal eight critical lessons every entrepreneur and marketer must learn.
Fenn describes a generation of entrepreneurs that is highly collaborative and team-oriented.
It’s quick and alert when it comes to new technologies. It’s hell-bent on changing the world. And it’s totally impatient with outmoded business models.
The sooner you adapt to the new way of business, the greater chance you have to grow and profit in the years ahead. Upstarts
provides key insight into:
Misreading GenY companies could be the biggest business mistake you ever make. This forward-looking book serves both as a headsup to the far-reaching changes coming your way and as a detailed guide to meeting the resulting challenges.
The upstarts are here to stay. Are you?
Chapter One: Extreme Collaboration
The most collaborative generation in history uses cooperation to compete
Chapter Two: It’s All Geek to Me
Technology is the great enabler, and the best differentiator
Chapter Three: The Next Top Model
Status quo is a no go; alternative business models rule.
Chapter Four: Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation
Insider market intelligence gives Upstarts a leg up
Chapter Five: Brand New World
Upstarts go where no brand has gone before
Chapter Six: Good Equals Great
Capitalism and social mission make a lovely couple
Chapter Seven: The Future of Work
Upstart companies are dynamic, flexible, demanding, meritocratic, fun, and participative
Chapter Eight: Morphing, Scaling, and Growing Up
How Upstarts companies evolve, grow, and raise the bar