Uncommon Stock: Version 1.0

Uncommon Stock: Version 1.0

by Eliot Peper


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Book 1 of the Uncommon Series - Continued in Book 2, Uncommon Stock: Power Play.

Mara Winkel is rock climbing, mountain biking, and 'studying' her way through school at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

But when her best friend James asks her to partner with him to start a disruptive new software company she discovers that the world of technology startups is fraught with intrigue, adrenaline, soaring successes, and scorching failures. It turns out this is especially true when your technology threatens entrenched drug cartels.

Mara has to juggle mysterious investors, opaque partners, critical customers, and a team that is as brilliant as it is dysfunctional until only one question remains: win or die.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781517513214
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 03/03/2014
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

About the Author

Eliot is a writer and strategist based in Oakland, CA. He is the author of The Uncommon Series and when he's not hacking away at his next novel, he works with entrepreneurs and investors to build new technology businesses as a drop-in operator and adviser. He was an entrepreneur-in-residence at a venture capital firm where he accelerated portfolio companies, sourced/vetted deals and advised foreign governments on innovation policy and capital formation. He has been a founder and early employee at multiple startups.

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Uncommon Stock: Version 1.0 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
BooksDirect More than 1 year ago
When Mara Winkel's best friend James designs an innovative software program called Mozaik, the two friends decide to quit college in order to start up their own business. They have to contend with difficult investors, venture capital companies, computer malfunctions, break-ins, muggings, and disappointing their family members and friends. Will they ever get their business up and running? The short chapters with cliffhanger endings keep you reading. Unfortunately, while it starts off well, the story (especially the tech talk) quickly becomes repetitive: someone tells Mara something, then she tells James, then they discuss it ad infinitum, then she ruminates on it. Mara herself is not a likable character, prone to throwing tantrums and walking out on people. We are regaled with descriptions of her meals and exercise regimes in excruciating detail. There is also too much "lip pursing" going on - eleven separate occasions by a number of different characters. With the none-too-subtle hints about men in suits, you can predict what's going to happen; however, by the end of the book we're still waiting for it to actually happen. Seems this will be a continuing storyline throughout the series. Thankfully, the storyline about setting up the business is concluded by the end of this book. Warnings: coarse language, sex scenes, violence. I received this book in return for an honest review. Full blog post: https://booksdirectonline.blogspot.com/2016/02/uncommon-stock-by-eliot-peper.html
Drewano More than 1 year ago
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast and I’m glad I got the opportunity to get it as I thoroughly enjoyed it. The story is well thought out and well written. The characters are interesting and while it take a while, do have some growth by the end of the tale. I work for a startup so I enjoyed getting to see all of the back office work and drama that goes into building a company and how the characters worked (or didn’t) to try and resolve their issues. Reading the story it felt very real to me. While I did find the story line interesting, since the primary part of the story is the building of Mosaic Industries I didn’t find the plot to be very thrilling or mysterious, but I finished it in three days so you can tell my enthusiasm for tale. My biggest issue with this book is that it doesn’t tell a complete story. There is a giant cliffhanger at the end trying to get you to go into the next version of the story which is one of my pet peeves. Other than that I can’t recommend this enough, especially for anyone who thinks they want to start their own company.