A definitive book for any CEO - first time or otherwise - of a high-growth company.
While big company CEOs are usually groomed for the job for years, startup CEOs aren't - and they're often young and relatively inexperienced in business in general.
Author Matt Blumberg, a technology and marketing entrepreneur, knows this all too well. Back in 1999, he started a company called Return Path, which later became the driving force behind the creation of his blog, OnlyOnce - because "you're only a first time CEO once."
Now, more than a decade later, he's written Startup CEO. As the fifth in the StartUp Revolution series, this reliable resource is based on Blumberg's experience as a startup CEO and covers a number of issues he's faced over the dozen years he's been a CEO.
Engaging and informative, this book is essential reading for any, and every, CEO.
©2013 Matt Blumberg (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
I must admit that I thought of just purchasing a hard copy of the book to avoid the narration. It was difficult to listen to, and at times felt like the narrator was trying too hard. However, I do feel this book provided great insight for all leaders of startups, but was directed more toward those in the world of technology.
The author shared his really valuable experience building and maturing his organization. The book touches on all the topics that one may face in the course of being a startup CEO.
The information was spot on. Very valuable and thorough. For someone like me who is looking for angel money to become the CEO of a startup, it was just what I needed. The only caveat is that I'm highly educated and have a lot of experience in the nuts and bolts of business and accounting (Master's Degree in Accounting, Certified Management Accountant). So someone who has a dream and an idea but no business (and especially accounting) experience might do well to shore up other weaknesses first before hitting this one. I say that simply because I'm thinking of entrepreneur CEOs that I work with who lack the fundamental skills of running a business, in which case this book is like getting a bigger engine for your car while ignoring that the car doesn't have tires.
This book does offer decent value, covering most major issues and providing valuable insights.
It is, however, too long to my liking (a bit too much to take in). Some might say that the job (startup CEO) has so many aspects to warrant such a long book. Still, I feel something is lost by covering each thought that comes to mind.
Another issue is how un-lean this book is. A bit corporate-ish. Every executive in the book has an executive assistant and an executive coach. 360 reviews and off sites meetings are done every other week, and everyone in the company seems to be finding the time to constantly evaluate themselves, set goals and rigorous development plans and follow through of course. This might be due to the age of the author, or the fact that he started his company over 15 years ago. Some younger startup CEO should definitely pick up the gauntlet and write a 'lean startup' version to this book.
I enjoyed the audible version very much and when I re-listen to this book I want to have a hard copy in hand to highlight and mark up.
I was lucky, I found this book just in time. I Couldn't imagine how useful this book could be when I listened to the first chapter.
I learned more that expected in my reading journey.
There are two suggestions for others:
1. There is a reason why chapters are divided. Try to learn them one by one. Early morning commute time was suitable for me, find your daily focus time first.
2. This book is a source to go back to when needed, put bookmark notes to find your way back.
"Enjoyable insight into the thinking and workings"
This is an interesting insight into the processes of being a ceo. Even if you are not the spire an entrepreneur and just a person operating in the world of business this book is of benefit, the way the programs and operations are presented can be applied to just running your life and not just running at startup.
"Great book, well worth a listen!"
i have listened to this book twice and found as much useful advice in it both times. I like that it gives great examples of the lessons to be learned and the narration is clear and easy to understand.
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