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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (318 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Brad Feld Narrator: Sean Pratt Publisher: Gildan Media LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2012 ISBN:
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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.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 René Galindo | 2/20/2014

    " Really great advice here. A very practical and easy to read book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Buckle Button Zip | 2/18/2014

    " A fascinating compilation of essays written by big-hitting entrepreneurs who been there, made mistakes and gone on to create successful companies again and again. A must read for anyone who wants to start a start-up. Well-written and concise with a dashes of humor and humility. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Derek Neighbors | 2/6/2014

    " Some great content in here, but I just don't care the format that much. It seems like some of the stories are rehashed or similar too often. Mostly, it seems to propagate the startup mill mentality. That doesn't seem too concerned with doing valuable things, but rather obsession with starting above all else. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron Banister | 1/10/2014

    " A Ron rating of 10! Packed with insight! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ken | 1/9/2014

    " must read for startups "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelli Koehler | 12/14/2013

    " A series of business lessons are taught through other startup entrepreneurs experiences. The authors tout their own company a bit much for my liking, and this book is better for tech start ups, but I did like the mini chapters that made this easy to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eduardo Rocha | 12/4/2013

    " shot snippets of good advice. great reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrus | 11/26/2013

    " Great book for bite-size (or should I say byte-size) reading. As it's a collection of unrelated and thoughtful essays from different angles of startup life, taking it in all at once might be too much to digest. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pietro | 10/29/2013

    " Surface-level. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barry | 9/6/2013

    " This book was a bit too startupy for me. Though, of course, I knew that going in. A few nice takeaways, though. Mostly the idea of taking a week "off the grid" every year as well as other tips to stay sane with desk work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tj Miron | 7/29/2013

    " This was a great collection of essays from TechStars participants and mentors. Some really good thoughts in here. Although I do not know if I can do anything faster after reading this I do believe it is worth the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darren Labrum | 3/29/2013

    " A must read for any tech startup entrepreneur. Filled with insight from a group that has been in the trenches doing this successfully and the lessons they have learned. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aldo K. wachyudi | 2/6/2013

    " Great tips for start-up "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat Mccarthy | 10/9/2012

    " Pretty good quick read of startup lessons from various tech company founders. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richandcreamy | 8/27/2012

    " There are some real nuggets in here with advice if you're planning on launching a startup. Some counter intuitive things like going out and sharing your startup idea, some traps you can fall into like feature bloat, and great advice like iterating fast and often. I give this book 4 stars! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leonardo Jimenez | 6/23/2012

    " good advice , not original. You can find the same material reading blogs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phil Chen | 3/21/2012

    " I like the flow of the book, lots of different vantage points from lots of different founders of startups. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 3/19/2012

    " Very good anecdotal information especially, I imagine, for a first-timer like myself. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 2/20/2012

    " Mini packets of practical real world storys of startup founders and there lessons learned. Deff worth a read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jade Robbins | 2/8/2012

    " While this book is a giant advertisement for TechStars, I really like the advice in it. The small shorts by several different people seemed to keep it honest, fun, and a very quick read. "

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About the Author
Author Brad Feld

Brad Feld has been an early-stage investor and entrepreneur for over twenty years. Prior to cofounding Foundry Group, a Boulder, Colorado-based early-stage venture capital fund that invests in information technology companies all over the United States, he founded Intensity Ventures, a company that helped launch and operate a number of software companies. He is the coauthor of Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist and Do More Faster: TechStars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup.

About the Narrator

Sean Pratt, a working actor for over twenty-five years, has performed at numerous regional theaters around the country. He is the author of To Be or Wanna Be, and he has recorded over seven hundred books in just about every genre, earning eight AudioFile Earphones Awards and four Audie Award nominations.