Thursday, September 12, 2013

Founders at Work: Stories of Startup's Early Days by Jessica Livingston

Founders at Work: Stories of Startup's Early Days by Jessica Livingston

The book is published by Apress in 2007 with a total of around 456 pages.

The book's contents are arranged in 32 chapters each dedicated to a particular founder with his corresponding company or companies' and some of the stories behind it.

Founders at Work: Stories of Startup's Early Days Book Cover
Chapter 1:  Max Levchin - Paypal
Chapter 2:  Sabeer Bhatia - Hotmail
Chapter 3:  Steve Wozniak - Apple Computer
Chapter 4:  Joe Kraus - Excite
Chapter 5:  Dan Bricklin - Software Arts
Chapter 6:  Mitchell Kapor - Lotus Development
Chapter 7:  Ray Ozzie - Iris Associates, Groove Networks
Chapter 8:  Evan Williams - Pyra Labs (
Chapter 9:  Tim Brady - Yahoo!
Chapter 10: Mike Lazaridis - Research in Motion
Chapter 11: Arthur Van Hoff - Marimba
Chapter 12: Paul Buchheit - Gmail
Chapter 13: Steve Perlman - WebTV
Chapter 14: Mike Ramsay - Tivo
Chapter 15: Paul Grahamam - Viaweb
Chapter 16: Joshua Schachter -
Chapter 17: Mark Fletcher - ONElist, Bloglines
Chapter 18: Craig Newmark - craigslist
Chapter 19: Caterina Fake - Flickr
Chapter 20: Brewster Kahle - WAIS, Internet Archive, Alexa Internet
Chapter 21: Charles Geschke - Adobe Systems
Chapter 22: Ann Winblad - Open Systems, Hummer Winblad
Chapter 23: David Heinemeier Hansson - 37signals
Chapter 24: Philip Greenspun - ArsDigita
Chapter 25: Joel Spolsky - Fog Creek Software
Chapter 26: Stephen Kaufer - TripAdvisor
Chapter 27: James Hong - HOT or NOT
Chapter 28: James Currier - Tickle
Chapter 29: Blake Ross - Firefox
Chapter 30: Mena Trott - Six Apart
Chapter 31: Bob Davis - Lycos
Chapter 32: Ron Gruner - Alliant Computer Systems,

I was interested with the book since it talked about some bits and pieces on the early history of the Internet- the Information Age as what others might call it. About the successful companies (at
their time and some do still even up to this day) that dealth with both the software and the hardware. These companies have their visions that in one way or another shaped or influenced the industry of today.

But what's more important, are the people behind them - their motivation, their ideas, their success, their struggles and on how they overcome the different obstacles that came their way.

It was the experiences of these people, their story, on how they achieved their success and what we can learn from.

About the Author

Founders at Work: Jessica Livingston image
Jessica Livingston is a founding partner of Y Combinator, a seed-stage venture firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Mountain View, California. She was previously vice president of marketing at investment bank Adams Harkness. In addition to her work with startups at Y Combinator, she organizes Startup School ( She has a bachelor's degree in English from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

In early 2007, Livingston released Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days (published by Apress), a collection of interviews with famous startup founders, including Steve Wozniak, Mitch Kapor, Ray Ozzie, and Max Levchin.

In 2008, she married fellow Y Combinator co-founder Paul Graham.

Additional information:

Buy the book at Amazon or read some of its book review there.
Guy Kiyosaki's blog about the book.
The book's website.
The book's Facebook Page.


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