I've always been a big fan of Rand's transparent style and hard working attitude, which has always come across in his writing / speaking, but Lost and Founder really takes this to a new level.
There's so many valuable lessons here, not just in how to run a business (or the failures/learnings to look out for). But the big takeaways for me were life lessons. I love how Rand openly shares the real stories behind hard decisions and failures, where you know his approach is always trying to do the right thing for people first.
The empathy shown comes across hugely in many situations in the book - where taking care of people is top of his agenda, ahead of growing his own business / keeping shareholders happy.
In an ideal world you'd achieve both... but Rand can be very proud of what he's stood for, often against what others more purely business-focused would likely advise against. With this attitude, you can't help but want him to win - and in the long-term I have no doubt he will.
Look forward the sequel on how to be a success by doing things the right way!
I've read a few startup/business books over the last 20 years. This is one of the best. Why? Its frank, open, simple and covers a lot of the big areas of the reality of starting and growing a business.
The insights into venture capital re-enforced why its such a hard path. My favourite chapter was the one where Rand talks about focus - a really undervalued skill of a founder.
Rand, provides you with a very honest trip through his time as Founder, CEO and Individual Contributor (IC) at Moz. He talks you through the highs and lows as well as offering a number of other book recommendations. He talks about borrowing money from venture capital, growth hacking, MVP (Minimum Viable Product), company culture and company code and talks about when you should sell. All his opinion, but also learn from his experience! If you are on the management team of a large or small business, this is worth a read!
Lost and Founder is one of only a few books on my Kindle that I've read start to finish. It's exciting all the way to the end and has a nice mix of entertaining stories mixed with plenty of start-up advice and lessons. Anyone who has worked in a start-up, or knows the "grow at all costs" attitude that surrounds the industry, will find this refreshing to read. Rand does a great job of providing a balanced view of the advantages and disadvantages of taking VC money and forces you to think differently and consider other options. I learned a lot from this book and can't recommend it enough.
An honest and heartfelt story of the real Tech start up world through the eyes of one of its most successful exponents. The trials, the tribulations with no rose tinted spectacles on what it is really like. The myth perpetuated by silicon valley that the road through the sector is paved with gold doesn't actually ring true as you will find out in this fascinating read.
A refreshingly honest account of startup life that will resonate with startup founders and employees. Rand reflects on the dilemmas and mistakes he's faced along his entrepreneurial journey with a transparency you don't see in other books from the sector.
Recommended for anyone who is considering creating or joining a startup :)