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The Launch Pad: Inside Y Combinator, Silicon Valley's Most Exclusive School for Startups by [Stross, Randall]
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Y Combinator is a national treasure, a Silicon Valley seed fund that is mass-producing new startups. Randall Stross s 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 s 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"

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'Stross makes computer programming and angel investing as thrilling as it gets'
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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. Months of intense work culminates in Demo Day, when investors and venture capitalists flock to hear their pitches. Any one of them might turn out to be the next Dropbox (class of 2007), or Airbnb (class of 2009).

Randall Stross was granted unprecedented access to Y Combinator, enabling a unique inside tour of the world of software startups. He tells the full story of this ultra-exclusive institution, how it chooses the aspiring Mark Zuckerbergs, and how it teaches them to go from concept to profitability in record time.

This is the definitive story of a seismic shift in the business world, in which coding skill beats job experience, pairs of undergraduates take on Goliaths, and inves­tors fall in love. The Launch Pad is both a gripping narrative and a gold mine of useful insights.


'Stross's 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 of Andreessen Horowitz


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1213 KB
  • Print Length: 269 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1591845297
  • Publisher: Portfolio Penguin (6 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AFLLS3W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #183,296 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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