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Can You Recommend Any Books About Successful Web Startups?


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#1 Dr.Marie

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Posted 18 September 2011 - 05:27 PM

A few months ago I read a book called The Intelligent Entrepreneur. I found it fascinating to read about how these three people created their startups and had successes and failures. I really found that the most interesting parts for me were the stories of the internet startups.

Next, I read In the Plex which is the story of Google. While the whole book was amazing, the early stages of Page and Brin getting their project going were really interesting.

Does anyone know any other books that talk about internet startups?

#2 Scratch

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Posted 18 September 2011 - 06:27 PM

No, sorry, but I can recommend Jason Fried's "Rework" for general principles of best practice.

I also enjoyed "Icon", a biography of Steve Jobs.

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 06:24 AM

I am reading emillions by Stanley Tang. Pretty interesting so far.

If you buy a copy keep in mind while reading that the book was written by a kid. No kidding. ;)

#4 Dr.Marie

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 07:38 AM

EGOL, that's exactly the type of book I'm looking for. Ordered.

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Posted 19 September 2011 - 10:43 PM

Hands down The intelligent Entrepreneur is one of the best books I've read. Great read. :)

I don't know of any other story type books but have you read most of (or any of) Seth Godin books?

Edited by mrgoodfox, 19 September 2011 - 10:45 PM.


#6 A.N.Onym

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 03:44 AM

Hey, I was going to recommend Seth Godin as well :)

I'd imagine quite a number of his books would be helpful to build surviving startups, starting from "The Boostrappers Bible" (free), to "The Tipping Point" and his recent books.

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 09:49 AM

On a different tack to the 'how company x claim they did it' books...

The Financial Times Guide to Business Start Up 2011: The Most Comprehensive Annually Updated Guide for Entrepreneurs
http://www.amazon.co.../dp/0273740563/

This is a very useful book others have recommended at times, and is full of the essential stuff like legal requirements, lastest grants, taxes, legislation, etc. i.e. actually useful in doing a startup.

#8 Scratch

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Posted 22 September 2011 - 06:50 AM

Not directly about start-ups, but Malcolm Gladwell's "Outliers" is an incredible piece of work, and it's all about how a person excels in their chosen line - whatever it is.

It's brilliant and extremely accessible. Like Seth Godin, Gladwell is a single-serving genius.

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Posted 22 September 2011 - 11:33 AM

I second Outliers. It's a great read.

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 10:18 AM

i've been reading Robert Kiyosaki - Rich Dad, Poor Dad. :)

#11 Dr.Marie

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 10:39 AM

I read Rich Dad Poor Dad and it was very interesting. My husband convinced me to go to one of the seminars. They are super convincing. But something doesn't add up for me...it seems like a lot of snake oil drawing on people's greed.

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 07:22 PM

I haven't read any books about web startups (recently) that I can remember, but here are two good resources for web startups.  

(1) SmallBizTrends recently did a call for favorite business books. (Small Business Book Awards) From comments I've seen, there are some good ones in there.

(2) Mixergy.com - The host regularly interviews the entreprenuers behind web startups. Some of the interviews are long enough to qualify as books. :) They're offered as video, audio, and transcript. I usually read the transcripts.

#13 DonnaFontenot

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Posted 25 February 2012 - 10:59 PM

Hi Vernessa! Good to see you here! Very happy you found your way to cre8.

#14 vernessa

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Posted 26 February 2012 - 04:55 AM

Hi Vernessa! Good to see you here! Very happy you found your way to cre8.


Hey Donna!

I was checking out other threads in the forum ... Imagine my surprise at seeing you here, and an Admin, no less! Always good to run into you.

Doing a little research on creating local directories led me to Cre8 forum (this thread).  Good info around here. Added it to my 'go to" list. :)



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