Summary

It is a cold, hard fact of business life that most startups fail. Even many of those entrepreneurs who ultimately succeed have stories of personal challenges, unsuccessful companies, and difficulties along the way. The founders of TechStars, a mentorship-driven startup accelerator, have worked with entrepreneurs and companies over the past twenty-five years, and have seen a number of the same issues come up again and again.
In Do More Faster, the founders of TechStars identify the key issues that first-time entrepreneurs encounter, and offer proven advice from successful entrepreneurs who have worked with the TechStars program.
The authors organize the most critical issues into seven themes: Idea and Vision, People, Execution, Product, Fundraising, Legal and Structure, and Work and Life Balance. Many of the examples are personal experiences from the entrepreneurs themselves, integrated into a cohesive narrative - while at the same time able to stand on their own. Throughout the book, they debunk numerous myths about startups and reveal some surprising truths. They explain, for instance, that the core of a startup is not always a world-changing and earth-shattering idea - in fact, it is often the case that successful startups started out doing something else.
They also underscore the efficiency of execution: great entrepreneurs know how to synthesize data, make a decision about the path they are going down, and execute. And they offer some alternatives to traditional ways of raising money, while stressing that you shouldn't start with the assumption that you need to raise money.
Mastering the seven themes may not ensure success, but understanding the issues, reading the stories, and getting advice pertaining to these issues will increase your chances dramatically. And if nothing else, you'll realize that you aren't alone in facing these challenges.
©2010 Brad Feld, David Cohen (P)2011 Gildan Media Corp
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"Remember when experience mattered? Thanks to this book, no matter how new to your field or how young or inexperienced you are, you can learn from people who have actually done it. Sure beats failing." (Seth Godin, author of Linchpin)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 02-04-18

Valuable to all, more so to some

This is a book that any entrepreneur can get value from, even if simply to remind you of bad habits you’ve picked up over time. How valuable it is depends on whether or not you’ve already read or listened to his other books because there is a lot of content overlap.

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5 out of 5 stars
By SunshineAndRain on 30-08-12

Tips for Every Entrepreneur

The authors of this book run a well-respected program for high tech entrepreneurs, but even if you're a not a software person, the tips in this book about starting, running, and planning a business are extremely valuable. So many of the chapters stick with me months after I listened, especially "fail fast." Some tips are complex and structural for how to set up a business. Other tips are light such as "don't suck at e-mail." A great education.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Rick on 30-01-14

Not worth the time

Would you try another book from Brad Feld and David Cohen and/or Sean Pratt?

Probably, these are smart, successful guys, but the format of this book (a bunch of blog articles that are pretty obvious and not very insightful) didn't work for me.

Has Do More Faster turned you off from other books in this genre?

No

Would you listen to another book narrated by Sean Pratt?

Yes

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I guess if you are really just thinking about entrepreneurship for the first time and don't want to do some simple searches on the internet, there are some take aways here.

Any additional comments?

Just not enough deep insights, seemed really superficial and obvious.

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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