Review of Managing Startups: Best Blog Posts

Posted on June 25, 2013

You are looking into creating a startup, and seeking some advise from others? This book provides a collection of blog posts from others, with Tom Eisenmann compiling an annual collection of the best blog posts covering startup management, which in this edition counts up to 72 posts. The posts are more so about successful entrepreneurs who share their thought processes and experiences, to help you get a good head’s on start in the areas of:

  • Management Tasks;
  • Organisational issues; and
  • Funding

The book is sectioned off into the appropriate topics, with certain areas more interesting to some than others, but I find the entire book to be a good FYI read, something to get you thinking in different ways, even if not every blog post is actionable. Certainly getting financial backing from angel investors is something every entrepreneur would want to be interested in, and I’d say that section is quite informative and digestible.

I personally thing even fi you aren’t a venture capitalist, the ability to construct processes for planning an idea from conception, to managing interests, this book is still for you. The work of Professor Eisenmann of Harvard University in collating these blog posts has been great, and the size of the blog posts means you can read one or two every morning on your ride to work, which is what I have been doing, taking down notes and annotations for future use.


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Prior Knowledge: Not a technical book, and no prior assumed knowledge. Easy to read for anyone, from marketers to tech guys.

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AuthorThomas Eisenmann
TitleManaging Startups: Best Blog Posts
Publisher: O’Reilly Media

Year: May 2013



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