The Launch Pad

  • by Randall Stross
  • Narrated by Rene Ruiz
  • 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


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What was one of the most memorable moments of The Launch Pad?

The paragraph on gender differentiation in the start-up world.

What about Rene Ruiz’s performance did you like?

It was ok.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made a bit frustrated and angry at times with the hypocritical and sexist approach that the lead character selects his start-ups. It's very money driven without any considerations for the best interests of the person. Must read if you are thinking or have recently launched a company - there is some good advice in it about how to pitch and sell your business but i wouldn't go down the route of incubators after this read.

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- Tatiana

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-10-2012
  • Publisher: Random House Audio