THE STARTUP PLAYBOOK

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The Startup Playbook

Author : David Kidder
ISBN : 9781452105048
Genre : Business & Economics
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Outlines the managerial decisions and leadership goals that guide a startup business to success, and provides tips and advice from the founders of such companies as Spanx, Zipcar, Flickr, Honest Tea, and LinkedIn.
Category: Business & Economics

The Startup Playbook

Author : Rajat Bhargava (Chief executive officer)
ISBN : 1619618648
Genre : High technology industries
File Size : 67.37 MB
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Category: High technology industries

The Startup Checklist

Author : David S. Rose
ISBN : 9781119164050
Genre : Business & Economics
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25 Steps to Found and Scale a High-Growth Business The Startup Checklist is the entrepreneur's essential companion. While most entrepreneurship books focus on strategy, this invaluable guide provides the concrete steps that will get your new business off to a strong start. You'll learn the ins and outs of startup execution, management, legal issues, and practical processes throughout the launch and growth phases, and how to avoid the critical missteps that threaten the foundation of your business. Instead of simply referring you to experts, this discussion shows you exactly which experts you need, what exactly you need them to do, and which tools you will use to support them—and you'll gain enough insight to ask smart questions that help you get your money's worth. If you're ready to do big things, this book has you covered from the first business card to the eventual exit. Over two thirds of startups are built on creaky foundations, and over two thirds of startup costs go directly toward cleaning up legal and practical problems caused by an incomplete or improper start. This book helps you sidestep the messy and expensive clean up process by giving you the specific actions you need to take right from the very beginning. Understand the critical intricacies of legally incorporating and running a startup Learn which experts you need, and what exactly you need from them Make more intelligent decisions independent of your advisors Avoid the challenges that threaten to derail great young companies The typical American startup costs over $30,000 and requires working with over two dozen professionals and service providers before it even opens for business—and the process is so complex that few founders do it correctly. Their startups errors often go unnoticed until the founder tries to seek outside capital, at which point they can cost thousands of dollars to fix. . . or even completely derail an investment. The Startup Checklist helps you avoid these problems and lay a strong foundation, so you can focus on building your business.
Category: Business & Economics

The Start Up J Curve

Author : Howard Love
ISBN : 9781626342934
Genre : Business & Economics
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A predictable pattern of success Entrepreneurs who have read early drafts of The Start-Up J Curve responded, ''I wish I had this book years ago.'' A start-up unfolds in a predictable pattern; the more aware entrepreneurs are of this pattern, the better able they will be to capitalize on it. Author Howard Love calls this pattern the start-up J Curve: The toughest part of the endeavor is the time between the actual start of a new business and when the product and model are firmly established. The Start-Up J Curve gives entrepreneurs the tools they need to get through the early challenges so they can reach the primary value creation that lies beyond. Love brings thirty-five years of start-up experience to this comprehensive guide to starting a business. He outlines the six predictable stages of start-up growth and details the activities that should be undertaken at each stage to ensure success and to avoid common pitfalls. Instead of feeling lost and confused after a setback, start-up founders and investors can anticipate the challenges, overcome the obstacles, and ride the curve to the top.
Category: Business & Economics

The Lean Enterprise

Author : Trevor Owens
ISBN : 9781118852187
Genre : Business & Economics
File Size : 64.41 MB
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#1 Amazon Bestseller in Lean Management Discover the methods of lean startups that can revolutionize large organizations and their products Even in a tough economic climate, the startup business community has found a way to create innovative, game-changing products in shockingly short timeframes. So why should larger, more established companies take notice? Because they have everything to gain when they examine and adopt the strategies, tools, and attitudes of these smaller competitors. The Lean Enterprise presents a groundbreaking design for revolutionizing larger organizations, one that draws on the ingenious tenets and practices espoused by the startup community. The guidelines in this book will help companies shake the lethargy, bureaucracy, and power struggles that plague large organizations and hold them back from true innovation. At the heart of this resource is a comprehensive, practical approach based on methods, timetables, compensation, financial investment, and case studies that reveal the startup mentality. Respected thought leaders in lean startup methodologies, the authors cover successful enterprise development, development innovation labs, corporate venture arms, and acquisition and integration of startups. Essential reading for entrepreneurs, product managers, executives and directors in Forbes 2000 organizations, and board members Presents the tools and methodologies large businesses need to compete with a new generation of highly-empowered entrepreneurs Covers lean startup culture and principles and identifies the behaviors that arestunting growth at large enterprises Offers a comprehensive, practical approach for developing exciting products and services and opening vast new markets Don't be mystified by the success of startups. Master the methods of this new generation of entrepreneurs and compete on a level playing field.
Category: Business & Economics

The Startup Gold Mine

Author : Neil Soni
ISBN : 9780814439883
Genre : Business & Economics
File Size : 65.95 MB
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The startup playbook for partnering with big business Corporations are desperate to overhaul their culture and the perception that they are giant, bureaucratic dinosaurs too slow to react in a rapidly changing business landscape. Many are trying to be more innovative and agile, like a startup. One easy way to achieve this goal is through partnering with or acquiring a startup. Corporate venture capital (CVC) now makes up 25 percent (~$18 billion) of all venture capital dollars in North America. The Startup Gold Mine reveals how the world’s largest and most prestigious brands make innovation decisions, including new product launches, vendor-startup partnerships, and even billion-dollar acquisitions. The book also details the ways startups can leverage corporate strengths and weaknesses for mutual benefit. Readers will learn Why the “innovator’s dilemma” is leading large companies to seek out partnerships with startups How to close a deal with a large company, from first connection to getting paid Strategies to troubleshoot common land mines that startups encounter when working with large companies Ways to navigate the convoluted corporate landscape without spending a fortune on conferences and consultants. Author Neil Soni draws on his experience as an entrepreneur and as an external innovator with premier brands like Estée Lauder, MAC, and Smashbox to reveal large companies’ inner workings, as well as how startup founders and employees can use this knowledge to close the biggest deals of their lives. PRAISE FOR THE STARTUP GOLD MINE “A really useful guide for startup founders and big company executives alike. Packed with practical steps and common mistakes, this book is one to read attentively and keep handy for future referencing.” --Maria Thomas, former Etsy CEO, SmartThings CMO “The Startup Gold Mine is THE playbook for getting your startup-corporate deals across the finish line. Every founder needs to read this!” --Justin Mares, founder of Kettle & Fire, coauthor of Traction “Over the last decade, big companies have completely changed their approach to innovation, with startups at the center of those efforts. The Fortune 500 are turning to startups for innovation across every facet of their business, ranging from marketing and sales to customer service and logistics. Gone are the days when ‘no one ever got fired for buying IBM.’” --Dave Knox, author of Predicting the Turn, cofounder of The Brandery, CMO of Rockfish “A productive relationship with the right corporate partner can unlock years of growth for a startup. On the other hand, there are numerous pitfalls along the way that can have you running in circles. The principles in The Startup Gold Mine give founders the proper framework to navigate the startup-corporate intersection to get their deal done.” --Sean Ammirati, partner at Birchmere Ventures, author of The Science of Growth “Giftology will get you in the door. The Startup Gold Mine will help you close the deal. This is a must-read book for anyone selling into large organizations!” --John Ruhlin, author of Giftology, founder and CEO of the Ruhlin Group “I’ve been working with startups in rapidly growing and evolving industries for over a decade. The principles Neil outlines in The Startup Gold Mine are spot on and essential reading for any founder looking to grow his or her business.” --Chris Chaney, founder, president, and owner, Infinite Esports & Entertainment
Category: Business & Economics

The Startup Law Playbook

Author : Scott Edward Walker
ISBN : 9781478300489
Genre : Business & Economics
File Size : 42.1 MB
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Best Practices & Advice From the "Entrepreneur's Lawyer," Scott Edward Walker. This eBook is an organized and structured compilation of Scott's Edward Walker's best advice and practices from his blog, www.walkercorporatelaw.com/blog. For entrepreneurs of all sorts, The Startup Law Playbook is a roadmap for all legal issues and concerns related to startup endeavors. Scott is the founder and CEO of Walker Corporate Law Group, PLLC, a boutique corporate law firm specializing in the representation of entrepreneurs. Scott has over 17 years of broad corporate law experience, including nearly eight years at two prominent New York City law firms, where he represented major multinational corporations and financial institutions in billion-dollar transactions. Known as the “entrepreneur’s lawyer,” Scott launched Walker Corporate Law Group in 2004 and has built a strong team of lawyers who are committed to helping entrepreneurs succeed, with offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City and Washington, D.C. Chapter Outline: Introduction Letter To Readers Chapter 1: Launching A Venture 101 — Formation Issues 10 things to get you thinking like a lawyer Chapter 2: Show Me The Money! Raising Capital Dealing with investors & securities laws The Top 10 Dos & Don’ts For Raising Capital Chapter 3: But I Don’t Know Any Angels! Where to go if you’re not connected Chapter 4: Pitching Your Potential 5 common mistakes to avoid in your pitch deck Chapter 5: Doing Deals Like The “Big Boys” How to negotiate like a big industry player Chapter 6: Who Gets What? 5 tips for founder vesting & splitting equity Chapter 7: How Do I Value My Startup? Figuring out what your company is worth to investors Chapter 8: Issuing Stock Options 10 tips for entrepreneurs Chapter 9: Minority Stockholder Rights Get familiar with state law rights Chapter 10: How To Cut Your Legal Bills In Half & Should you use your investor’s lawyer? Chapter 11: Conclusion Guts, Desire and Passion
Category: Business & Economics

The Social Entrepreneur S Playbook Expanded Edition

Author : Ian C. MacMillan
ISBN : 9781613630303
Genre : Business & Economics
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Available for the First Time: The Complete Social Entrepreneur's Playbook Covers all three phases of the start-up to scale-up process, developed with reader feedback from "one of the more unusual ebook...experiments of the year" (ThinReads) Wharton professor Ian C. MacMillan and Dr. James Thompson, director of the Wharton Social Entrepreneurship Program, provide a tough-love approach that significantly increases the likelihood of a successful social enterprise launch in the face of the high-uncertainty conditions typically encountered by social entrepreneurs. MacMillan and Thompson used their own systematic framework to publish The Social Entrepreneur's Playbook. To test the market, they offered the first phase in their start-up method (step 1) as a free ebook. Readers were invited to join The Social Entrepreneur's Advisory Group, and nearly 300 aspiring and active social entrepreneurs shared feedback that helped shape the complete edition of the book, which covers all three steps in the start-up to scale-up process. Based on this crowd-sourced feedback from readers of the free ebook and drawing on the authors' more than 26 years' combined experience developing and studying social enterprises in the field across Africa and in the United States, this new edition provides guidance for each phase: Phase One: Pressure Test Your Start-Up Idea. Based on the free ebook, this expanded section now includes advice on setting revenue and social impact goals, how to navigate the sociopolitical landscape, and how to develop a strong concept statement. In addition, MacMillan and Thompson provide advice on how to identify and test a proposed revenue-generating solution and define and segment your target population. Phase Two: Plan Your Social Enterprise. All new to this edition, this critical phase shows you how to frame and scope the venture, determine what it will take to actually deliver a sustainable enterprise, identify the key assumptions that have been made, and design checkpoints to test those assumptions before making major investments. Phase Three: Launch and Scale Your Social Enterprise. Available for the first time in this edition, you will learn how to effectively launch your enterprise, manage upside potential and downside risk, and strategically scale up. Filled with accessible frameworks and tools, as well as inspiring stories of social entrepreneurs, The Social Entrepreneur's Playbook is a must-read for any aspiring or active social entrepreneur, as well as philanthropists, foundations, and nonprofits interested in doing more good with fewer resources. Includes access to downloadable planning documents, including user-friendly spreadsheets
Category: Business & Economics

Explosive Growth

Author : Cliff Lerner
ISBN : 9781619617698
Genre : Business & Economics
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#1 BEST-SELLER in 7 Startup, Marketing & Entrepreneurship Categories Explosive Growth is a Business Book like no other. This compelling and inspiring narrative gives entrepreneurs and startups a step-by-step playbook to achieve explosive growth, combining lively and often hilarious storytelling, revealing genius growth tactics and numerous case-studies to help your startup grow massively. Explosive Growth offers a rare behind the scenes play-by-play look inside a fast-growing startup that created the first online dating app, as it experiences the highest highs and lowest lows. Due to its raw storytelling style, practical lessons, compelling content, and fast-paced read, Explosive Growth is a one-of-a-kind business book that transcends the narrow entrepreneurial audience to also more broadly appeal to readers looking to learn about startup life and entrepreneurship. Cliff Lerner's online dating startup, Snap Interactive, was running out of money when he bet the company's fortunes on a then-unknown platform called Facebook. The app suddenly began to acquire 100,000 new users daily for free, and soon after the stock price skyrocketed 2,000 percent, setting off an extraordinary chain of events filled with sudden success and painful lessons. Explosive Growth will make you much smarter as it reveals the detailed growth frameworks that propelled this tiny startup to grow to 100 Million Users. You will learn how to: IGNITE EXPLOSIVE GROWTH by creating a remarkable productIdentify the ONLY 3 METRICS THAT MATTERExplore valuable VIRAL GROWTH strategies to grow rapidlyExecute the GENIUS MEDIA HACKS that helped us acquire 100 million usersCreate a thriving culture of PASSIONATE EMPLOYEES and constant INNOVATIONWho Is This Book For? GROWTH HACKERS, MARKETING, PRODUCT MANAGERS: Learn the VIRAL FEATURES and strategies we used to acquire 100,000 USERS PER DAY -- without spending a penny on advertising. PUBLIC RELATIONS: Get our PR PLAYBOOK with our best media hacks. CEOs: Create a THRIVING CULTURE of passionate employees and constant innovation. Get over 70 proven 'Explosive Growth Tips' in marketing, leadership, management, and more. FANS OF THE MOVIE 'THE SOCIAL NETWORK': This thrilling story has many parallels to 'The Social Network.' Learn the wild story behind the first Facebook Dating App and its wild ride to 100 million users. Praise: "Explosive Growth is without question one of the most useful and entertaining business books I have ever read. Cliff gives you a roadmap to massively grow your startup with specific tactical lessons made memorable through engaging stories. This book is a must-read." - David Perry, Digital Sales & Business Development Expert at Google, Adobe, & Amazon, Startup Advisor "A must read for founders and CEOs who want to achieve rapid growth while also building a great product and company." - Payal Kadakia, Founder & Executive Chairman of ClassPass "Want to know how to grow your startup to 100 million users? Then this is the book for you. Explosive Growth gives step-by-step instructions, case studies and proven tactics on how to explode your growth." - Entrepreneur.com by Syed Balkhi "Lessons for startups and CEOs on growth hacking, marketing, and innovation from one of the smartest founders I know." - Andrew Weinreich, Inventor of Social Networking
Category: Business & Economics