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Do More Faster: TechStars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup | [Brad Feld, David Cohen]

Do More Faster: TechStars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup

It is a cold, hard fact of business life that most startups fail. Even many of those entrepreneurs who ultimately succeed have stories of personal challenges, unsuccessful companies, and difficulties along the way. The founders of TechStars, a mentorship-driven startup accelerator, have worked with entrepreneurs and companies over the past twenty-five years, and have seen a number of the same issues come up again and again.
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Publisher's Summary

It is a cold, hard fact of business life that most startups fail. Even many of those entrepreneurs who ultimately succeed have stories of personal challenges, unsuccessful companies, and difficulties along the way. The founders of TechStars, a mentorship-driven startup accelerator, have worked with entrepreneurs and companies over the past twenty-five years, and have seen a number of the same issues come up again and again.

In Do More Faster, the founders of TechStars identify the key issues that first-time entrepreneurs encounter, and offer proven advice from successful entrepreneurs who have worked with the TechStars program.

The authors organize the most critical issues into seven themes: Idea and Vision, People, Execution, Product, Fundraising, Legal and Structure, and Work and Life Balance. Many of the examples are personal experiences from the entrepreneurs themselves, integrated into a cohesive narrative - while at the same time able to stand on their own. Throughout the book, they debunk numerous myths about startups and reveal some surprising truths. They explain, for instance, that the core of a startup is not always a world-changing and earth-shattering idea - in fact, it is often the case that successful startups started out doing something else.

They also underscore the efficiency of execution: great entrepreneurs know how to synthesize data, make a decision about the path they are going down, and execute. And they offer some alternatives to traditional ways of raising money, while stressing that you shouldn't start with the assumption that you need to raise money.

Mastering the seven themes may not ensure success, but understanding the issues, reading the stories, and getting advice pertaining to these issues will increase your chances dramatically. And if nothing else, you'll realize that you aren't alone in facing these challenges.

©2010 Brad Feld, David Cohen (P)2011 Gildan Media Corp

What the Critics Say

"Remember when experience mattered? Thanks to this book, no matter how new to your field or how young or inexperienced you are, you can learn from people who have actually done it. Sure beats failing." (Seth Godin, author of Linchpin)

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    Stephen Thunder 05-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Good Book"

    Completely disagree with the reviewer that said this is an infomercial for tech stars. It's a case study format, and the case studies come from tech stars experiences.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rich Maloy New York, NY United States 05-21-12
    Rich Maloy New York, NY United States 05-21-12 Member Since 2007

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    "An absolute MUST READ for every entrepreneur"
    Which character ??? as performed by Sean Pratt ??? was your favorite?

    I think learned the most from Alex White's multiple stories. No wonder he features so prominently in the book--he's a really smart businessman.


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone in the startup world and every entrepreneur regardless of whether you're in tech, bio, green, industry, or lemonade stands, should read this book. Each chapter is a lesson learned the hard way by a TechStars company founder. Plus, after each chapter David Cohen & Brad Feld (founders of TechStars) give their thoughts.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Incline Village, NV, United States 01-30-14
    Richard Incline Village, NV, United States 01-30-14 Member Since 2006
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    "Not worth the time"
    Would you try another book from Brad Feld and David Cohen and/or Sean Pratt?

    Probably, these are smart, successful guys, but the format of this book (a bunch of blog articles that are pretty obvious and not very insightful) didn't work for me.


    Has Do More Faster turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Sean Pratt?

    Yes


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I guess if you are really just thinking about entrepreneurship for the first time and don't want to do some simple searches on the internet, there are some take aways here.


    Any additional comments?

    Just not enough deep insights, seemed really superficial and obvious.

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    Rick minneapolis, mn, United States 09-16-13
    Rick minneapolis, mn, United States 09-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    What did you love best about Do More Faster?

    Short stories and examples. Everything is based on actual & recent experiences of the individuals who contributed to the book. Lesson are applicable NOT just to start ups, but to those in product development, and anyone looking to significantly grow or pivot their business. Not a lot of fluff or filler. I appreciated that.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Concise


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I have a 20 minute commute to work and I listen while grocery shopping. 1-2 times a week. It took about 2-3 weeks to get through it. Easy to pick up where you leave off.


    Any additional comments?

    I will likely listen to this again, soon.

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    AsTheFashion New York, NY, United States 09-08-13
    AsTheFashion New York, NY, United States 09-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book, but little bias"

    great book if you have a startup company. But some how this book feels like an ad for Tech Star. Just want to let ppl know, Tech Star is no longer the best incubator out there.

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    Matt Caulfield, Australia 04-30-13
    Matt Caulfield, Australia 04-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Straight to the point, based on what works."
    What did you love best about Do More Faster?

    There was little to no "fluff" like I tend to find in many business books. Do More Faster just cuts straight to the most important points, based on David Cohen and Brad Feld's experiences with Techstars. For any budding entrepreneurs, this is what we want, less chatter and more actionable points.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


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    James Merriam, KS, United States 01-20-13
    James Merriam, KS, United States 01-20-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Crucial if you have or will have a Tech Company"
    If you could sum up Do More Faster in three words, what would they be?

    Relevant Entreprenurial Education


    What did you like best about this story?

    Unless you already know tons of VCs, or have been a part of successful entrepreneurial think tanks, or have listened to the conversation of Tech company startups as well as the mentors from those companies...and those kinds of insights are intriguing to you, then by all means read this book. If you have or aspire to have a tech company, this is a book to help guide you down some successful patterns and help you avoid common pitfalls. Any business owner in the start up arena or tech/internet vertical who is interested in increasing the chances in having success will enjoy this book. -- this audio version is great.


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    Amar SOUTH BARRINGTON, IL, United States 12-02-12
    Amar SOUTH BARRINGTON, IL, United States 12-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Many great points to running a business"

    This was very well done in a manner that lets you get a lot of value out of this audiobook. My opinion is that these lessons are applicable to almost any small business.

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    SunshineAndRain San Diego 08-30-12
    SunshineAndRain San Diego 08-30-12

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    "Tips for Every Entrepreneur"

    The authors of this book run a well-respected program for high tech entrepreneurs, but even if you're a not a software person, the tips in this book about starting, running, and planning a business are extremely valuable. So many of the chapters stick with me months after I listened, especially "fail fast." Some tips are complex and structural for how to set up a business. Other tips are light such as "don't suck at e-mail." A great education.

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    Carlos Harbord, Australia 08-07-12
    Carlos Harbord, Australia 08-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Get Business Educated Better"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Rich with information every new start up should have a grasp of before venturing forward.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Even more so! Will also buy and read others by the same authors.


    Have you listened to any of Sean Pratt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Not only fascinating and inspiring but written and worded in a way that complex explainations were easy to understand.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I couldn't fault the narrator - did an outstanding job!


    Any additional comments?

    Be great if this book of such great value could be done in some form of video - I would probably watch it several times....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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