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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:
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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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  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Daniel Evans | 7/22/2013

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

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