I'm a big fan on Brad Feld's balanced and brutally honest blog, and when I heard that he had published a book of startup advice based on the TechStars experience, I knew I would enjoy it. I just didn't know that I would enjoy it this much.
It's called Do More Faster: TechStars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup (by David Cohen and Brad Feld), and it now ranks among the top 5 startup books I've read so far. I'm recommending it to everyone along with The Lean Startup and The Startup Owners' Manual.
Below are my main notes and takeaways. I didn't capture every point in the book if I had seen it a lot before, but if you're looking for a great comprehensive overview of many important modern startup issues, this is the book for you. What I particularly liked was reading stories by well-known entrepreneurs from around the world and hearing about how they approached problems in their businesses (and I liked the commentaries by David and Brad as well). It was also neat to hear about how TechStars works and how the combination of mentorship and operational focus helps the companies have a better chance of success.
Theme 1: Idea and vision
7 email rules
Use what's free
Don't hide your failures
Quality over quantity
Theme 4: Product
Find your white space
Focus on what matters
Theme 5: Fundraising
Seed investors care about 3 things
Theme 6: Legal and structure
5/13/2012 01:09:40 am
What is the other two startup books? Thanks.
5/13/2012 09:16:42 am
Here you go:
5/13/2012 01:48:02 am
THANKS or doing this. Read the book, but an outline is a great way to remember the details. Are you going to do Brad's two newer books?
5/13/2012 09:17:20 am
Thanks. Definitely will at some point!
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