Startup CEO: A Field Guide to Scaling Up Your Business, + Website
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A definitive book for any CEO—first time or otherwise—of a high-growth company
While big company CEOs are usually groomed for the job for years, startup CEOs aren't—and they're often young and relatively inexperienced in business in general. Author Matt Blumberg, a technology and marketing entrepreneur, knows this all too well. Back in 1999, he started a company called Return Path, which later became the driving force behind the creation of his blog, OnlyOnce—because "you're only a first time CEO once."
Now, more than a decade later, he's written Startup CEO. As the fifth book in the StartUp Revolution series, this reliable resource is based on Blumberg's experience as a startup CEO and covers a number of issues he's faced over the dozen years he's been a CEO.
- Offers valuable insights into how the CEO sets the overall vision and strategy of the company and communicates it to all stakeholders
- Discusses how to build a company's human capital by recruiting, hiring, and retaining the very best talent
- Examines how a CEO must align available resources with the company's strategy in order to ensure success
- Addresses what it takes to master the "How" of being a CEO—from leading an executive team to managing in any type of market
Engaging and informative, this book is essential reading for any, and every, CEO.
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trip was a long way to go for a really short meeting. It was 100 percent worthwhile, with a very specific mission accomplished. It’s important to be present and accounted for in business settings and with everyone’s busy schedules and increasingly frenzied and multitasking office environments, it’s harder than ever to really get someone’s attention. There’s just no substitute for looking someone in the eye and doing a real handshake, not a virtual one. Of course, you can’t travel all the time,
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point of view. They understand the difference between fact and opinion. There are so many memorable quotes on this topic, I’m not sure where to start, so I’ll list them all in the hope that one sticks with you: Winston Churchill: “Facts are stubborn things.” Various: “The plural of ‘anecdote’ is not ‘data.’” Anonymous: “If we’re going to base our decision on facts, let’s hash them out. If we’re going to base our decision on opinion, let’s use mine.” If everyone on a team not only
learning curve and build a learning organization you will be ready for more challenges and open for more growth ahead. Greg Sands, Founder and Managing Director, Costanoa Venture Capital PART FOUR BUILDING AND LEADING A BOARD OF DIRECTORS You can learn a lot about strategic planning, talent management and financing and execution from working in a company. You may do large pieces of those things every day and you may even lead some of them. One of the very unique aspects of a CEO’s job