Do More Faster: Techstars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup

Do More Faster: Techstars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup

Practical advice from some of today's top early stage investors and entrepreneurs TechStars is a mentorship-driven startup accelerator with operations in three U.S. cities. Once a year in each city, it funds about ten Internet startups with a small amount of capital and surrounds them with around fifty top Internet entrepreneurs and investors. Historically, about seventy-five percent o...

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Title:Do More Faster: Techstars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup
Author:David G. Cohen
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Do More Faster: Techstars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup Reviews

  • Arfan Ismail

    Excellent text for those in the tech sector

  • Richandcreamy

    There are some real nuggets in here with advice if you're planning on launching a startup. Some counter intuitive things like going out and sharing your startup idea, some traps you can fall into like feature bloat, and great advice like iterating fast and often. I give this book 4 stars!

  • Divija Rao

    A must read before you startup.

  • Mark Kelley

    Brad Feld gave me a copy of this book after we had dinner one night. it's a decent collection of stories from entrepreneurs in the early 2000's

  • Andrew York

    Very specific to tech start-ups. Very good resource if you’re in that situation and I’ll read again when I find myself there

  • Jeff Whitlock

    Great content if you're new to the startup world, but probably not as much here if you've already read a lot of the thinking in the space.

    The book is a series of short essays organized around a number of startup themes. I found some good nuggets, but I imagine it felt fresher when it was released in 2010.

  • Nathan

    What a shallow and disappointingly book. This is the kind of lazy book that I avoided when I was an editor, but thanks to self-publishing and self-promotion it has been inflicted upon all of us. It disappoints in so many ways: construction, content, and motivation. Let's deal with them in order, shall we?

    Construction: it's a series of short blog-length posts by the various mentors and entrepreneurs associated with the annual TechStars incubator. The chapters are clustered by loose to

    What a shallow and disappointingly book. This is the kind of lazy book that I avoided when I was an editor, but thanks to self-publishing and self-promotion it has been inflicted upon all of us. It disappoints in so many ways: construction, content, and motivation. Let's deal with them in order, shall we?

    Construction: it's a series of short blog-length posts by the various mentors and entrepreneurs associated with the annual TechStars incubator. The chapters are clustered by loose topic (funding, work/life balance, etc.). The book-of-a-hundred-authors is the easiest way to assemble a book but, unless the editor works hard, you end up with a hodgepodge of styles, voices, and approaches with no coordination. And, indeed, this is exactly what the TechStars book is: you get the same advice repeated by different people, gaps where nobody thought to say something useful, and incongruous random incoherence from authors whom the editors failed to guide, shape, or even edit.

    Content: if you wanted a collection of startup cliches, you could do worse than to start here. There's little you'll find worthy of underlining much less repeating, and it never once acknowledges any kind of accessibility bias, or even the relevance of asking successful people what they did vs unsuccessful people what bit them.

    Motivation: it is depressingly clear that this book is intended primarily to promote the TechStars program and only incidentally to educate.

    I have a lot of respect for Brad Feld and his investment work, but this book was just a let-down.

  • Dan Graham

    This book is mostly a commercial for TechStars. There are a few good takeaways and stories but generally it was slow going and fairly repetitive. Not much depth and a machine gun approach to business story telling with every 2 pages being written by a different TechStar mentor, founder, attendee, or some other such.

  • Mahmoud Ghoz

    This is not a book, it is a blog articles. It is well organized yet not a complete story. It is like any blog, some information are new, some are old other are useless. If you are new to entrepreneurship, read it. if you have been more than a year then it is 50% useless for you.

  • Jack

    Many of these folks have no right to give advice, in the book. Their strongest achievement was raising a (small) seed round. Even those who've exited, mostly had small acquisitions. I would not view most of this book as a credible source.

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