While big company CEOs are usually groomed for the job for years, startup CEOs aren't - and they're often young and relatively inexperienced in business in general.
Author Matt Blumberg, a technology and marketing entrepreneur, knows this all too well. Back in 1999, he started a company called Return Path, which later became the driving force behind the creation of his blog, OnlyOnce - because "you're only a first time CEO once."
Now, more than a decade later, he's written Startup CEO. As the fifth in the StartUp Revolution series, this reliable resource is based on Blumberg's experience as a startup CEO and covers a number of issues he's faced over the dozen years he's been a CEO.
Engaging and informative, this book is essential reading for any, and every, CEO.
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By Campbell on 23-02-15
Enjoyable insight into the thinking and workings
This is an interesting insight into the processes of being a ceo. Even if you are not the spire an entrepreneur and just a person operating in the world of business this book is of benefit, the way the programs and operations are presented can be applied to just running your life and not just running at startup.
6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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By Gil Tov Ly on 20-09-16
Good, but Too long and a bit corporate-ish
This book does offer decent value, covering most major issues and providing valuable insights.
It is, however, too long to my liking (a bit too much to take in). Some might say that the job (startup CEO) has so many aspects to warrant such a long book. Still, I feel something is lost by covering each thought that comes to mind.
Another issue is how un-lean this book is. A bit corporate-ish. Every executive in the book has an executive assistant and an executive coach. 360 reviews and off sites meetings are done every other week, and everyone in the company seems to be finding the time to constantly evaluate themselves, set goals and rigorous development plans and follow through of course. This might be due to the age of the author, or the fact that he started his company over 15 years ago. Some younger startup CEO should definitely pick up the gauntlet and write a 'lean startup' version to this book.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
By Rosemary P. on 05-03-15
Five stars for the right audience
What made the experience of listening to Startup CEO the most enjoyable?
The information was spot on. Very valuable and thorough. For someone like me who is looking for angel money to become the CEO of a startup, it was just what I needed. The only caveat is that I'm highly educated and have a lot of experience in the nuts and bolts of business and accounting (Master's Degree in Accounting, Certified Management Accountant). So someone who has a dream and an idea but no business (and especially accounting) experience might do well to shore up other weaknesses first before hitting this one. I say that simply because I'm thinking of entrepreneur CEOs that I work with who lack the fundamental skills of running a business, in which case this book is like getting a bigger engine for your car while ignoring that the car doesn't have tires.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful