The Art of The Start

Guy Kawasaki’s Art of The Start is a book for entrepreneurs. It contains guidance about different phases of a startup, such as positioning, pitching, writing a business plan, bootstrapping,┬árecruiting, raising capital etc.

One cool fact about this book is that he did a competition to choose the book cover. Alternative covers that were not chosen are also included if you look at the back-side of the book cover. In a way, Guy Kawasaki was doing crowd-sourcing in 2004 ­čÖé

There are valuable insights such as building a bottom-up forecast instead of top-down, and when pitching always answering an imaginary voice that asks “So what?” after each sentence. I liked the suggestions about choosing a name, for instance he recommends having a first initial thats early in the alphabet and pick a name with verb potential.┬áThe Art of Raising Capital section contains exhaustive information as well.

Overall, the book contains so many little gems that it’s hard to learn some actionable steps after reading this book. I wouldn’t recommend reading it unless you’re very determined to start your own company.

October 15, 2010

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