Do More Faster

Do More Faster is a book for startup founders written by Techstars community, a mentorship-driven startup accelerator.
The book is organized into seven themes, which correspond to important aspects of a startup: Idea, People, Execution, Product, Fundraising, Legal and Work-Life Balance. Each theme consists of 15 short essay written by different authors, each 3-4 pages long.
My expectations were very high for this book, because (i) startups are one of the most interesting subjects for me right now (ii) Techstars run a mentorship organization which means they have tons of experience to share.

My problem with this book is that there are just too many bits and pieces of information so when you finish the book nothing stands out. Since each essay is written by a different author, although they are organized into themes, there’s no story to follow, sections within a theme are disconnected. It’s hard for me to name a few take away lessons, or actionable steps that I learned from this book. Either advice in this book is too generic, or I’m over-educated on this subject matter.

Some essays I enjoyed were “Trust Me, Your Idea is Worthless” by Tim Ferris, “Usage Is Like Oxygen For Ideas” by Matt Mullenweg, “Do More Faster” by David Cohen, “Learn From Your Failures” by Fred Wilson, “Do or Do  Not, There Is No Try” by Brad Feld and “Focus on What Matters” by Dick Costolo.

January 28, 2011

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Sarp is a software developer. He writes about technology, books and software.
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