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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (115 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Randall Stross Narrator: René Ruiz Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2012 ISBN: 9780449807873
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Twice a year in the heart of Silicon Valley, a small investment firm called Y Combinator selects an elite group of young entrepreneurs from around the world for three months of intense work and instruction. Their brand-new two- or three-person start-ups are given a seemingly impossible challenge: to turn a raw idea into a viable business, fast.
 
Each YC session culminates in a demo day, when investors and venture capitalists flock to hear pitches from the new graduates. Any one of them might turn out to be the next Dropbox (class of 2007, now valued at $5 billion) or Airbnb (2009, $1.3 billion).
 
Randall Stross is the first journalist to have fly-on-the-wall access to Y Combinator. He tells the full story of how Paul Graham started this ultra exclusive institution, how it chooses among hundreds of aspiring Mark Zuckerbergs, and how it teaches them to go from concept to profitability in record time. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Y Combinator is a national treasure, a Silicon Valley seed fund that is mass-producing new startups. Randall Stross’ behind-the-scenes look at YC offers a rare glimpse into what it really takes to conceive an idea and get it to market as quickly as possible. The Launch Pad is a must-read for anyone interested in the realities of modern entrepreneurship.”

    Eric Ries, author of the New York Times bestseller The Lean Startup

  • The Launch Pad is an intimate look at the white-hot center of the new Silicon Valley star tup ecosystem. Stross’ account of the best new entrepreneurs and the exciting companies they’re building at startup schools is a great read for founders and would-be founders alike.”

    Marc Andreessen, cofounder, Andreessen Horowitz

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew Naylor | 10/10/2013

    " Great book, a comprehensive view into Y Combinator. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacek GrÄ™ | 8/29/2013

    " Interesting read if you're thinking startup. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kameliya V | 8/2/2013

    " Summarizes well the basic fundamentals for launching a new startup. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel Evans | 7/22/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book. I found it motivating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chenxiaoyu | 7/15/2013

    " Twice a year in the heart of Silicon Valley, a small investment firm called Y Combinator selects an elite group of young entrepreneurs from 602a around the world for three months of intense work and instruction "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 6/15/2013

    " Definitely a good read for someone who wants to do YC, though advice not as good for generally doing a startup in my opinion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ekta | 4/5/2013

    " A great insider perspective on the SF startup world. Paints a slightly optimistic picture but shares some key insights. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike Briggs | 2/9/2013

    " audio book, didn't finish. Made me think techstars was a far superior incubator. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Taige Zhang | 2/2/2013

    " Interesting insights on YC and startups. Some wisdom from PG in there also but mostly just an entertaining read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori Grant | 11/16/2012

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

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About the Author

Randall Stross is the author of the New York Times column on business and technology, “Digital Domain,” as well as a professor of organization and management at San Jose State University, which is based in the heart of Silicon Valley. His book The Microsoft Way (Addison Wesley, 1996) was the most critically acclaimed book about Microsoft at the height of the company’s power, and his book eBoys(Crown, 2000) was one of the most successful books about the web 1.0 phenomenon, for which he was given full access to the venture capitalists who funded eBay and was able to tell the inside story of how and why eBay took off.

About the Narrator

René Ruiz studied music education at the University of Texas and has won acclaim in local productions and musical revues, including roles in West Side Story, A Chorus Line, and Forever Plaid. He also spent many years working for Walt Disney World as a featured actor, singer, and announcer.