Founders at Work

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-09-24
  • Publisher: Apress

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Founders at Work is a collection of interviews with founders of famous technology companies about what happened in the very earliest days. These people are celebrities now. What was it like when they were just a couple friends with an idea? Founders like Steve Wozniak (Apple), Caterina Fake (Flickr), Mitch Kapor (Lotus), Max Levchin (PayPal), and Sabeer Bhatia (Hotmail) tell you in their own words about their surprising and often very funny discoveries as they learned how to build a company. But ultimately these interviews are required reading for anyone who wants to understand business, because startups are business reduced to its essence. The reason their founders become rich is that startups do what businesses do-create value-more intensively than almost any other part of the economy. How? What are the secrets that make successful startups so insanely productive? Read this book, and let the founders themselves tell you.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xi
About the Authorp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. xvii
Max Levchin: PayPalp. 1
Sabeer Bhatia: Hotmailp. 17
Steve Wozniak: Apple Computerp. 31
Joe Kraus: Excitep. 61
Dan Bricklin: Software Artsp. 73
Mitchell Kapor: Lotus Developmentp. 89
Ray Ozzie: Iris Associates, Groove Networksp. 103
Evan Williams: Pyra Labs (Blogger.com)p. 111
Tim Brady: Yahoop. 127
Mike Lazaridis: Research In Motionp. 141
Arthur van Hoff: Marimbap. 153
Paul Buchheit: Gmaip. 161
Steve Perlman: Web TVp. 173
Mike Ramsay: TiVop. 191
Paul Graham: Viawebp. 205
Joshua Schachter: del.icio.usp. 223
Mark Fletcher: ONElist, Bloglinesp. 233
Craig Newmark: craigslistp. 247
Caterina Fake: Flickrp. 257
Brewster Kahle: WAIS, Internet Archive, Alexa Internetp. 265
Charles Geschke: Adobe Systemsp. 281
Ann Winblad: Open Systems, Hummer Winbladp. 297
David Heinemeier Hansson: 37signalsp. 309
Philip Greenspun: ArsDigitap. 317
Joel Spolsky: Fog Creek Softwarep. 345
Stephen Kaufer: TripAdvisorp. 361
James Hong: Hot or Notp. 377
James Currier: Ticklep. 387
Blake Ross: Firefoxp. 395
Mena Trott: Six Apartp. 405
Bob Davis: Lycosp. 419
Ron Gruner: Alliant Computer Systems, Shareholder.comp. 427
Jessica Livingston: Y Combinatorp. 447
Indexp. 455
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