More people than ever are becoming entrepreneurs, but the perils of starting your own business are well-documented. The Smart Entrepreneur teaches you how to avoid these pitfalls and make your business a success by following a series of practical and easy-to-understand steps. The Smart Entrepreneur uses a combination of both mainstream business experiences and state-of-the-art academic research, distilled into an accessible reference book specifically targeted at those interested in business start-ups. Designed to appeal to everyone, from business students looking to commercialise a business idea to managers looking to inspire entrepreneurial thinking in their teams.
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How to start, grow, and succeed in the food truck business. Food trucks have become a wildly popular and important part of the hospitality industry. Consumers are flocking to these mobile food businesses in droves, inspiring national food truck competitions and even a show dedicated to the topic on The Food Network. The relatively low cost of entry as compared to starting a restaurant, combined with free and low-cost ways to market them to the masses via platforms like social media, are just two of the reasons that food truck business are drawing in budding entrepreneurs. Author David Weber, a food truck advocate and entrepreneur himself, is here to offer his practical, step-by-step advice to achieving your mobile food mogul dreams in The Food Truck Handbook. This book cuts through all of the hype to give both hopeful entrepreneurs and already established truck owners an accurate portrayal of life on the streets. From concept to gaining a loyal following to preventative maintenance on your equipment this book covers it all.* Includes profiles of successful food trucks, detailing their operations, profitability, and scalability.* Establish best practices for operating your truck using one-of-a-kind templates for choosing vending locations, opening checklist, closing checklist, and more.* Create a sound business plan complete with a reasonable budget and finding vendors you can trust; consider daily operations in detail from start to finish, and ultimately expand your business.* Stay lean and profitable by avoiding the most common operating mistakes. * Author David Weber is Founder and President of the NYC Food Truck Association (NYCFTA), which brings together small businesses that own and operate premium food trucks in NYC focused on innovation in hospitality, high quality food, and community development.
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Most new businesses fail. But most of those failures are preventable. "The Lean Startup" is a new approach to business that's being adopted around the world. It is changing the way companies are built and new products are launched. "The Lean Startup" is about learning what your customers really want. It's about testing your vision continuously, adapting and adjusting before it's too late. Now is the time to think Lean.
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Thinking of starting a business? Chances are you will be excited by your ideas, but daunted by what might lie ahead. Most start-up guides make that feeling worse, by overloading you with complex, yet missing out the essentials that you really need to focus on to succeed. From Acorns is a different kind of book. Free from jargon and full of practical tips from countless entrepreneurs, it's the only guide that tells you exactly what you need to know no frills, no complications. In its second edition, this bestselling book now includes information not only for small start-ups, but for those with ambitious growth plans who need to plan big financial pitches, initiate and nurture large scale expansions, and, eventually, sell and move on to the next venture. From Acorns is the no nonsense guide to starting a business whether your plans or modest or on a grand scale, this book helps you get it right first time around.
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From award-winning entrepreneur, inventor, and business owner Stephen Key comes the highly anticipated follow-up to his bestseller One Simple Idea How many times have you seen a product and thought, I know how to make that better? Or not seen a product and thought, How is it that no one has invented this yet? And when haven't you thought, I need to be my own boss? You're thinking the right things. Now, the next step is to take action-and that's exactly what One Simple Idea for Startups and Entrepreneurs is all about. Stephen Key, one of the world's leading experts on getting business ideas off the ground, revealed in his groundbreaking book One Simple Idea just how simple it is to make a fortune by selling or "renting" your great ideas. Now, he helps you live the entrepreneurial dream by delivering a proven, straightforward process for starting, growing, and running a business-without the need for an MBA or millions of dollars in funding. As an inventor and successful business owner, Key brings a unique and fully rounded perspective to the subject, teaching you how to: develop, test, and protect your idea; plan and launch your business; manufacture, package, market, sell, and distribute your product; manage and grow your business; and prepare for and implement your endgame. Key draws on his own experience as a billion dollar inventor to offer how-to's and other takeaways you can use to get off the ground and into the black. Case studies, tips, and advice from other successful entrepreneurs underscore key principles to make it easier than ever for you to achieve your business and life dreams. You don't need millions of dollars or a business, engineering, or manufacturing background to develop, produce, and sell your own product idea. All you need is one simple idea-and the passion to make it happen. Praise for One Simple Idea: "This book is straight-forward, no-nonsense information for how to start a successful company. Read it!" (Barbara Corcoran, investor/shark on ABC's reality hit Shark Tank). "The ideas in this book are key to creating the kind of enterprise that will create hundreds of thousands of jobs in the future. The goal of entrepreneurship is to reduce the risk of failure as detailed in this book." (Nolan Bushnell, inventor of Pong[registered] and founder of Atari[registered]). "Kudos!! One Simple Idea for Startups & Entrepreneurs is brilliant! A must read for those that have the courage to dive into their dreams. This is a true Road Map for those that have the passion to achieve their Freedom. Truly something that I wish would have been there for me 33 years ago." (Russ Hornsby, toy industry veteran, 2010 Toy of the Year award winner in seven different countries, and creator of hit toys ZhuZhu Pets[registered], XiaXia Pets[registered], DeGeDar[registered] and others). "I took one of those simple ideas and turned it into a company that now has its products in over 35,000 doors of retail distribution. With One Simple Idea for Startups & Entrepreneurs, Stephen gives us the tools we need to take an idea from your Head to the Store shelf." (Todd Basche, inventor of Word Lock[registered], the numbered 1 selling word combination lock). "Any inventor or entrepreneur who wants to make money without risking hundreds of thousands in design, manufacturing, warehousing and distribution would be well served to take advantage of the practical wisdom offered up in Stephen's most recent work, One Simple Idea for Startups & Entrepreneurs." (Ron Hazelton, former home improvement editor for ABC's Good Morning America and leading authority in the do-it-yourself home improvement field). "One Simple Idea for Startups and Entrepreneurs is a MUST read. The process is broken down into steps that makes it simple to follow and gives you a roadmap to Success." (Gene Luoma, Inventor of Zip-It Clean[registered]). "Advice is everywhere but good advice is very rare. Stephen Key' One Simple Idea for Startups & Entrepreneurs is the exception." ...
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Being an entrepreneur isn't just a job, it's a state of mind. You want to be an entrepreneur, a successful entrepreneur. You know what you have to do to get your business off the ground, but do you know how to face the mental challenges of starting, running and eventually selling a business? The entrepreneurial mindset is unique entrepreneurs embrace problems, think on their feet and aren't afraid to take risks. They persevere through good and bad times and are adept at spotting talent and opportunities. WithThink Like An Entrepreneur you too can get this mindset. Drawing on powerful psychological techniques from neuro-linguistic programming and transactional analysis, you'll be taken through the life cycle of a business and coached into thinking and behaving as a successful entrepreneur. You'll build a rock solid foundation of self belief, learn to be open to the wealth of opportunities around you, gain a positive forward thinking 'can-do' approach and much much more. Think your way to success! '...a wonderful guidebook for anyone who is ready to start their own business and begin living their dreams.' Robert Dilts, Founder of NLP University and leading contributor to the field of NLP since the 1990s 'Robbie combines the best commercial acumen with some of the most cutting-edge personal development tools on the planet.' Kimberley Hare, Co-Founder and CEO, Kaizen Training Limited 'An authoritative and sharply written guide to the psychology of success in business.' Al Alvarez, Novelist, Poet, Critic and author of many highly praised non-fiction books including The Biggest Game in Town
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24 Steps to Success! Disciplined Entrepreneurship will change the way you think about starting a company. Many believe that entrepreneurship cannot be taught, but great entrepreneurs aren't born with something special -- they simply make great products. This book will show you how to create a successful startup through developing an innovative product. It breaks down the necessary processes into an integrated, comprehensive, and proven 24-step framework that any industrious person can learn and apply. You will learn: Why the "F" word -- focus -- is crucial to a startup's success Common obstacles that entrepreneurs face -- and how to overcome them How to use innovation to stand out in the crowd -- it's not just about technology Whether you're a first-time or repeat entrepreneur, Disciplined Entrepreneurship gives you the tools you need to improve your odds of making a product people want. Author Bill Aulet is the managing director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship as well as a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. For more please visit disciplinedentrepreneurship.com
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There has been an explosion of interest in entrepreneurs in the popular media, as well as in business, policy, and education. But what do entrepreneurs do? What is entrepreneurship and why is it important? What is distinctive about entrepreneurs? And where do they come from? In this Very Short Introduction Paul Westhead and Mike Wright weave a pathway through the debates about entrepreneurship, providing a guide to the entrepreneurial process. They look at how the actions of entrepreneurs are shaped by the external environment and availability of resources, consider the types of organizations in which entrepreneurs can be found, and look at the diversity in their backgrounds, experience, and how they think and learn. Lastly, they consider the impact that entrepreneurs have on modern market economies and look at the future of entrepreneurship in our increasingly globalized world. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
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Each year, young people from around the world go to Silicon Valley to hatch an idea, start a company, strike it rich, and become powerful and famous. In The Valley of the Gods, Wolfe follows three of these upstarts who have "stopped out" of college and real life to live and work in Silicon Valley in the hopes of becoming the next Mark Zuckerberg or Elon Musk. Meet the billionaires who attend parties where people devour peanut butter-and-jelly sushi rolls, and date and seduce in a romantic culture in which thick glasses, baggy jeans, and a t-shirt is the costume of any sex symbol (and where a jacket and tie symbolize mediocrity). Through Wolfe's eyes, we discover how they live and how they have created a business world and an economic order that has made us all devotees of them. A blistering, brilliant, and hysterical examination of this new ruling class, The Valley of the Gods presents tomorrow's strange new normal where the only outward signs of tech success are laptops and ideas.
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In My Shoes by Tamara Mellon, tells the Jimmy Choo founder's jaw-dropping account of her life in the fashion business. "Wonderfully bling". (Sunday Times). "Part memoir, part MBA masterclass ...an impressively erudite and candid autobiography". (Glamour). "From her troubled childhood and her time as a young editor, to her partnership with Jimmy Choo and her very public relationships, Mellon offers a gripping account of the episodes that have made her. A book Jackie Collins would be proud of, with the added bonus that it is all true. A voyeuristic joy from start to finish". (Harpers Bazaar). "Brilliant". (Mail on Sunday). "Pure Danielle Steel, with added MBA, that jets from Vogue shoots in Nepal and dates with Christian Slater, to trade fairs, boardroom takeovers and a family showdown over missing millions. Perfect for grown-up fashionistas and wannabe entrepreneurs". (Sunday Times). "A juicy and honest memoir from one of the most successful and self-made British businesswomen of her generation". (Financial Time). Tamara Mellon, OBE, is Founder and Creative Director of Tamara Mellon, a luxury lifestyle brand. She is the cofounder and the former CEO and Chief Creative Officer of Jimmy Choo, which she led for fifteen years until selling her share of the company. She divides her time between London and New York. William Patrick has co-written numerous memoirs, including Sidney Poitier's number-one bestseller The Measure of a Man.
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Apps have changed the way we communicate, shop, play, interact and travel and their phenomenal popularity has presented possibly the biggest business opportunity in history. In How to Build a Billion Dollar App, serial tech entrepreneur George Berkowski - one of the minds behind the internationally successful taxi hailing app Hailo - gives you exclusive access to the secrets behind the success of the select group of apps that have achieved billion-dollar success. Berkowski draws exclusively on the inside stories of the billion-dollar app club members, including Instagram, Whatsapp, Snapchat, Candy Crush, Square, Viber, Clash of Clans, Angry Birds, Uber and Flipboard to provide all the information you need to create your own spectacularly successful mobile business. He guides you through each step, from an idea scribbled on the back of an envelope, through to finding a cofounder, building a team, attracting (and keeping) millions of users, all the way through to juggling the pressures of being CEO of a billion-dollar company (and still staying ahead of the competition). If you've ever dreamed of quitting your nine to five job to launch your own company or you're a gifted developer, seasoned entrepreneur or just intrigued by mobile technology, How to Build a Billion Dollar App will show you what it really takes to create your own billion-dollar, mobile business.
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Ever wanted to be your own boss? Dreamt of starting your own business but never quite made the leap? For every woman who has ever wondered, 'Could I do it?', or been tempted by the idea of managing their own hours and controlling their own destiny, My New Business is the long-awaited answer. Written by someone who's not only 'been there, done that' herself, but who has years of experience helping women just like you take the first steps and start their own businesses, this practical guide gives you the advice, structure and support you need to get it right. It's packed with great time-saving shortcuts, worksheets and savvy advice as well as smart nuggets of wisdom from over 20 female entrepreneurs. So stop dreaming and start doing. Today.
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The purpose of this book is to help people understand the transition from working for a big institution to setting up as a sole practitioner consultant or similar. I have made this journey, and helped many others do the same. I want to put the odds in your favour, if you decide to follow suit, that your consultancy brings you everything you wish, and that you prosper rather than merely survive. As with "From Crew to Captain" you will find inside a number of practical tips and hints, all garnered from the "University of Life". We will look at 3 important aspects of successful consultancy: 1) The consultant role - what does it look like in practice? 2) Selling consultancy services - how do you go about winning the customers you want? 3) Delivering consultancy services - what can you do to build a viable book of business?
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The real story of what it takes to risk it all and go for broke.
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Conventional wisdom says most startups need to be in Silicon Valley, started by young engineers around a sexy new idea, and backed by VC funding. But as Mikkel Svane reveals in Startupland, the story of founding Zendesk was anything but conventional.
Founded in a Copenhagen loft by three thirty-something friends looking to break free from corporate doldrums, Zendesk Inc. is now one of the hottest enterprise software companies, still rapidly growing with customers in 150 countries. But its success was anything but predestined. With revealing stories both funny and frank, Mikkel shares how he and his friends bravely left secure jobs to start something on their own, how he almost went broke several times, how they picked up themselves and their families to travel across the world to California and the unknown, and how the three friends were miraculously still together for Zendesk's IPO and (still growing) success.
Much like Zendesk's mission itself-to remove friction, barriers, and mystery in order to make customer service easier and more approachable-Startupland removes some of the myths about startups and startup founders. Mikkel's advice, hard-won through experience, often bucks conventional wisdom and entrepreneurial tropes. He shares why failure (whether fast or slow) is awful, why a seemingly boring product or idea can be the most exciting, why giving back to the community is as important as the bottom line. From how to hire right (look for people who are not offended by swearing) to which personas generate the highest response rates, Mikkel answers the most pressing questions from the perspective of someone still in the trenches and willing to share the hard truth, warts and all.
While there are books by consultants who tell you how to build businesses, or by entrepreneurs now running billion-dollar businesses, there are few books from people still in the trenches who acutely remember the difficult daily decisions, the thrill (and fears) of the early days, the problems that scale with growing a business, and the reason why they all went on the adventure in the first place. Startupland is indispensable reading for all entrepreneurs who want to make their ideas the next big thing. The book will inspire and empower you to follow your own dream and create your own story.
Fully revised and expanded for the first time in a decade, The Art of the Start 2.0 is Guy Kawasaki's classic bestselling guide to launching and making your new product, service or idea a success. This new edition has been expanded to reflect the seismic changes in business over the last decade, in which once-invulnerable market leaders have struggled and many of the basics of getting established have become easier, cheaper and more democratic. Today, business plans are no longer necessary. Social media has replaced PR and advertising as the key method of promotion. Crowdfunding is now a viable alternative to investors. Cloud computing makes basic infrastructure affordable for almost any new venture. The Art of the Start 2.0 will show you how to effectively deploy all these new tools. And it will help you master the fundamental challenges that have not changed: building a strong team, creating an awesome product or service, and facing down your competition. Whether you're an aspiring entrepreneur, own a business, or want to get more entrepreneurial within any organisation, this book will help you make your crazy ideas stick. It's an adventure that's more art than science - the art of the start. "The Art of the Start 2.0 is the ultimate entrepreneurship handbook. Kawasaki's generous wisdom, tips, and humour reflect his successes and failures. We can all benefit from his insights." (Arianna Huffington, president and editor in chief, Huffington Post). "A successful entrepreneur requires three things: a garage, an idea, and this book - Guy's irrepressible guide to the raw essentials of life in a young company." (Michael Moritz, Sequoia Capita). Guy Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva (an online design service) and an executive fellow of the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley. Previously, he was the chief evangelist of Apple and special adviser to the CEO of the Motorola business unit of Google. His many acclaimed books include The Art of Social Media and Enchantment.
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There isn't a magic formula for better leadership. But there is an enduring philosophy behind the most inspiring leaders in business, past and present. It's one that has outlasted markets, currencies, meltdowns, revolutions and regime changes. Limitless is a celebration of the transformative power of thinking beyond conventional boundaries. Its fascinating true stories of the most audacious and accomplished business leaders remind us how the entrepreneurial spirit really does change the world for the better. The greatest leaders not only make a difference in their own times, but also leave behind the lessons they've learned for the world that goes on after them. Finding opportunities where others see obstacles, they show that the greatest investment any entrepreneur can make is to keep an open mind.
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Are you the next Million Dollar Woman? Women run an increasing number of businesses, but female entrepreneurs still tend to think small, and their companies rarely reach the heights of those of their male counterparts. Remarkably, less than 5 per cent of venture capital money gets invested in businesses led by women, which means few women have the capital to take their businesses big. CEO Julia Pimsleur has beaten the odds, raising millions and racking up awards for her international children's language-teaching company, Little Pim. Million Dollar Women is a fun, accessible business guide combining Pimsleur's own story with straightforward business advice and the instructive, often funny stories of other female entrepreneurs who are running businesses with substantial funding and revenues. There will also be quick, helpful exercises in a workbook-like appendix. Million Dollar Women will give advice on: - How to think big and take your company to scale - How to overcome both internal and external factors holding you back - How to raise capital - How to delegate - How to cultivate a network that will support you Million Dollar Women will provide all women with a clear path for getting out of their own way, dreaming big, and reaching their most ambitious goals.
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In Traction, serial entrepreneurs Gabriel Weinberg and Justin Mares give startups the tools for generating explosive customer growth 'Anyone trying to break through to new customers can use this smart, ambitious book' Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup Most startups don't fail because they can't build a product. Most startups fail because they can't get traction. Building a successful company is hard. Smart entrepreneurs know that the key to success isn't the originality of your offering, the brilliance of your team, or how much money you raise. It's how consistently you can grow and acquire new customers. Traction will teach you the nineteen channels you can use to build a customer base, and offers a three-step framework to figure out which ones will work best for your business. No matter how you apply them, the lessons and examples in Traction will help you create and sustain the growth your business desperately needs. 'Here is the inside scoop, the latest, most specific tactics from the red-hot centre of the Internet marketing universe. From someone who has done it. Twice' Seth Godin, author of Linchpin.
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Recent studies have shown that more people start businesses during recessions than at any other time. The number of businesses launched in Britain in 2011 was almost 20 per cent higher than in 2010. In fact, 471,000 companies started up in 2011 - a significant increase on the 400,000 founded over the previous 12 months. Thanks to shows like "Dragons Den", everyone wants to become an entrepreneur and start up a business of their own. Based on Rachel Bridge's successful workshops, this book will help set you on the way to success. As the former Enterprise Editor for the "Sunday Times", Rachel has interviewed hundreds of successful entrepreneurs. Join her on her journey as she starts up her very own enterprise and covers all the ups and downs she encounters, while giving examples along the way of how real-life entrepreneurs have coped with the same problems that beset everyone in business at some point. Topics covered include: The basics - getting the right structure for your business; How to shrink your overheads to nothing; IT and clouds - how to get in on the action; and, Troubleshooting - setbacks and how to overcome them.
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An essential guide to building supportive entrepreneurial communities "Startup communities" are popping up everywhere, from cities like Boulder to Boston and even in countries as varied as Iceland and Wales. These types of entrepreneurial ecosystems are driving innovation and small business energy. Startup Communities documents the buzz, strategy, long-term perspective, and dynamics of building communities of entrepreneurs who can feed off of each other's talent, creativity, and support. Based on more than twenty years of Boulder-based entrepreneur turned-venture capitalist Brad Feld's experience in the field-as well as contributions from other innovative startup communities-this reliable resource skillfully explores what it takes to create an entrepreneurial community in any city, at any time. Along the way, it offers valuable insights into increasing the breadth and depth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem by multiplying connections among entrepreneurs and mentors, improving access to entrepreneurial education, and much more. Details the four critical principles needed to form a sustainable startup community Perfect for entrepreneurs and venture capitalists seeking fresh ideas and new opportunities Written by Brad Feld, a thought-leader in this field who has been an early-stage investor and successful entrepreneur for more than twenty years Engaging and informative, this practical guide not only shows you how startup communities work, but it also shows you how to make them work anywhere in the world.
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In 26 weekly steps, this unique and cleverly structured book will walk any budding entrepreneur through everything you need to know and do, in the exact order you need to do it, to get your new business up and running. Each step contains a to-do list, an explanation of what needs to be done, useful hints and shortcuts and the contact information you need. Written by an experienced entrepreneur and updated for a new global economy, this book contains the most up to date, fresh thinking and ideas, so you can overcome the challenges of a new business start-up and turn your entrepreneurial dreams into reality.
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You can create the next breakthrough innovation. A revolution is under way. But it's not about tearing down the old guard. It's about building, it's about creating, it's about breathing life into groundbreaking newideas. It's called the Maker Movement, and it's changing the world. Mark Hatch has been at the forefront of the Maker Movement since it began. A cofounder of TechShop - the first, largest, and most popular makerspace - Hatch has seen it all. Average people pay a small fee for access to advanced tools - everything from laser cutters and milling machines to 3D printers and AutoCAD software. All they have to bring is their creativity and some positive energy. Prototypes of new products that would have cost $100,000 in the past have been made in his shop for $1,000. The Maker Movement is where all the next great inventions and innovations are happening - and you can play a part in it. The Maker Movement Manifesto takes you deep into the movement. Hatch describes the remarkable technologies and tools now accessible to you and shares stories of howordinary people have devised extraordinary products, giving rise to successful new business ventures. He explains how economic upheavals are paving the way for individuals to create, innovate, make a fortune - and even drive positive societal change - with nothing more than their own creativity and some hard work. It's all occurring right now, all around the world - and possibly in your own neighborhood. The creative spirit lives inside every human being. We are all makers. Whether you're a banker, lawyer, teacher, tradesman, or politician, you can play an important role in the Maker society. So fire up your imagination, read The Maker Movement Manifesto - and start creating! Praise for The Maker Movement Manifesto: "It's the same revolutionary innovation model, but now applied to one of the biggest industries in the world-manufacturing." (Chris Anderson, CEO, 3D Robotics, and former Editor-in-Chief, Wired). "He (Henry Ford) probably would have started in TechShop." (Bill Ford, Executive Chairman, Ford Motor Company, and great-grandson of Henry Ford). "We are heading into a new age of manufacturing...Hatch has a front-row seat and has written the must-follow guide to democratize this new age. This is the book I wish every American would use. It contains the keys to the future of work and joy for everyone." (Robert Scoble, Startup Liaison Officer, Rackspace). "TechShop is the garage that Thomas Edison wished he had, and thanks to Mark Hatch, it's open it to the public. This book is a lifeline to a country with a skills gap that threatens to swallow us all. For aspiring inventors and entrepreneurs, The Maker Movement Manifesto is a 'celebration in the making' - even if the only thing you make is a mess." (Mike Rowe, Dirty Jobs).
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Do you have an idea for a new product which you are convinced will be the 'next big thing'? Have you spotted a gap in the market and found a way to make people's lives easier or better? Then 'How to Get on to the High Street' is just the book you need. It is a step-by-step guide of how to transform your product from a dream in your head to a reality on the high street shelves. Topics covered include: making sure that people will buy your product before spending any money; stopping others copying your idea through patents, design registration and trademarks; creating a winning brand and marketing message; getting your product featured in the media; and breaking into big stores. Louise Guinda is the founder of Safe Dreams and the successful inventor of two products: the Cot Wrap and Safebreathe toys. Despite having no experience of bringing a product to market, Louise has succeeded creating a multi-national brand, winning numerous awards and appearing on the BBC website and STV News on the way.
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Most technology startups never make it to the funding stage, and only a small percentage of those that are venture-backed generate a positive return for their investors. An even smaller number of startup founders enjoy a truly prosperous exit. Bernd Schoner cofounded his tech startup during the dot-com bust, navigated it through market crises and internal turmoil, brought it through the global financial meltdown intact, and eventually sold it to a multibillion-dollar, multinational public technology company. In The Tech Entrepreneur's Survival Guide, Bernd shares what he learned and what he wished he knew at the time. He explains the major phases in a technology company's life cycle, helping entrepreneurs avoid common pitfalls and survive crises when they strike. He guides readers from the initial bootstrapping process through venture-capital financing and provides valuable advice on how to sell a technology company profitably--even in a challenging economic environment. Every chapter presents solutions to real world issues that could otherwise have fatal consequences for a tech venture. Aspiring tech entrepreneurs will learn to: Set up shop: build the team, assemble necessary startup assets (including technology and intellectual property), get legal and financial affairs in order Secure capital: ask for money, nail the term sheet, ask for more money Get out: know when to sell, who to sell to, and how to make it a happy exit for all stakeholders, including the employees. Written with deep insight, refreshing candor, and a dash of humor, this comprehensive guide to the often harsh realities of startup life is indispensable for entrepreneurs at any stage. Praise for the Tech Entrepreneur's Survival Guide: "A genuine narrative from the field, with battle scars and self-reflection. Reading this book will help you avoid many pitfalls." (Nicholas Negroponte, professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab). "There's a lot of great insights and practical advice for the entrepreneur in this book, stuff you normally won't read or hear unless you buy some hard-bitten company founder a few drinks. If you are launching a technology startup, reading this book is the thing you should do first." (Mark Roberti, founder and editor in chief of RFID Journal). "I wish I had read Bernd's book when we founded The Echo Nest. Bernd touches on all the major issues in the initial formation stages of a tech company and many of the problems that come up when the company matures. If you are thinking of founding your own tech startup, read this book first." (Tristan Jehan, cofounder of The Echo Nest). "A visceral, behind-the-scenes guide to technology entrepreneurship. Bernd tells it like it is and presents a universe of solutions to tricky startup situations that can significantly improve the odds of success. Indispensable." (Larry Begley, cofounder and managing director at .406 Ventures). "The best-laid business plans never survive contact with reality. Bernd has provided a comprehensive guide to anticipating the unexpected in the life of a startup." (Neil Gershenfeld, professor and director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Bits and Atoms).
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