The Web Startup Success Guide (Books for Professionals by Professionals) Paperback – 7 Jan 2010
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About the Author
Bob Walsh is the founder of 47Hats, a consulting firm/blog/startup dedicated to helping startups succeed, the author of Micro-ISV: From Vision to Reality, podcaster-in-chief of the Startup Success Podcast, co-moderator of the Joel on Software's Business of Software forum, and creator of StartupToDo.com, a online productivity app and community for startup and microISVs. At his company, Safari Software, Inc., Bob was a contract software developer for more than 20 years before launching, selling and ultimately selling off a Windows personal task manager commercial application. Before getting into information technology, Walsh was a reporter for several news organizations, the most worth bragging about being United Press International (UPI).
Top Customer Reviews
On the whole, this book is outstanding. There is a lot of information here, but its fast-paced, colloquial writing style make it digestible. What's more, the book is well thought-out, balanced, well structured and accurate. It's an excellent combination of fact, anecdote, theory, analysis and practical advice. The interviews alone (Joel Spolsky, Dharmesh Shah, Eric Sink, David Allen and Guy Kawasaki are among the fifty in-depth, thought-provoking interviews in the book) make it worth reading.
If there's one thing extra I wish this book had, it's more information on sales and marketing. Finding people who like your product and persuading them to actually buy it is the single biggest issue that startups, bogged down in the technology, forget about.
Overall, this is an excellent, must-have primer for any geek wanting to set up a product-based business. Buy it.
One of my main gripes was the amount of interviews in the book. Many of them felt overly long winded and could have done with being more concise. I'm not totally against the interview style of writing (I'm a huge fan of Founders at Work), but in this instance, the chopping and changing between formats made me feel slightly like I could never really sink my teeth into anything.
The book is very motivating and well written. The author Bob Walsh also publishes a free podcast on the subject of startups (The Startup Success Podcast) so you can see if what he has to say is of interest before shelling out for the book.
I would definitely recommend this book as it is very useful in helping plan your startup and hopefully will save you a bundle of mistakes.
It wasn't gripping, either, but maybe it wasn't meant to be.
Overall, I'd rather I hadn't bought this.
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