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Startups That Work
Title : Startups That Work
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ISBN : 9781591841029
Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
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Every large company was once a startup struggling to survive, yet only a small percentage of all startups are able to thrive in the long run. Entrepreneurs and investors have gut instincts about what startups need to do to beat the odds, but until now there hasn’t been any hard research on what separates winners and losers. Joel Kurtzman and a research team from Price-watEvery large company was once a startup struggling to survive, yet only a small percentage of all startups are able to thrive in the long run. Entrepreneurs and investors have gut instincts about what startups need to do to beat the odds, but until now there hasn’t been any hard research on what separates winners and losers. Joel Kurtzman and a research team from Price-waterhouseCoopers studied 350 companies and interviewed hundreds of venture capitalists, CEOs, boards of directors, and angel investors over four years. This unprecedented research has led to some very surprising findings about nine key factors, such as market size, competitive position, business model, and cash flow. For instance: • Speed usually trumps perfection. • Advanced technology shouldn’t be the highest priority, even in tech companies. • Not all growth is smart growth. Startups That Work can help small-business people create value while giving venture capitalists and investors the essential information they need to figure out which startups are worth the investment risk.


Startups That Work Reviews

  • Shannon

    This turned out to be a bit different than what I expected. It ended up being a more quantitative and data oriented than I had expected, which was great. The book was written around a large longitudinal survey some guys did that examined startups at various stages of their company, to determine what factors early on resulted in success of the startup. This reads as both a helper for people creating their own startup, as well as an informational guide to people investing in startups. Overall, a v [...]

  • Josh Bush

    A quantitative look at why some startup companies are successful and perhaps why some fail. Not based on anecdote, but actual business survey data, this book has given me two good leads on what I need to do next to help my business advance.The book is more focused on startups that are beyond the seed stage, but I think there is still valuable information here for anyone who hopes their startup company will outgrow their living room.

  • Wendy Mallon

    Probably one of my least favorite professional books. Lots of data and definitely directed more towards highly technical types of start ups. Not up my alley. Really my only take away, and it was a good reminder, is that all businesses started small!

  • Leandro Pompermaier

    I posted my review on my blog (pompermaier.wordpress/2013)

  • Lori Grant

    A must-read book on startups for knowledge workers and aspiring entrepreneurs.

  • Justus

    meh its for bigger tech startups. Not to useful for little service guys. Caveat: I did not finish the book. However, I want to get it off my currently reading list.