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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 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.

Engaging and informative, this book is essential reading for any, and every, CEO.

©2013 Matt Blumberg (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Fabulous information about company growth but...

If you could sum up Startup CEO in three words, what would they be?

helps consider everything

What was one of the most memorable moments of Startup CEO?

too many to mention, so many aha moments and things I wish I could bookmark

What does William Michael Redman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I was easy to listen to but I think this book is better read rather than listened to

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, too long for that

Any additional comments?

There are a LOT of references to other resources throughout the book and it would be beneficial to have the hardcopy available at the same time you are listening, so things can be highlighted. I was listening at the gym and in the car and always wanted to write things down. Frustrating.

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  • Gil Tov Ly
  • 20-09-2016

Good, but Too long and a bit corporate-ish

This book does offer decent value, covering most major issues and providing valuable insights.
It is, however, too long to my liking (a bit too much to take in). Some might say that the job (startup CEO) has so many aspects to warrant such a long book. Still, I feel something is lost by covering each thought that comes to mind.

Another issue is how un-lean this book is. A bit corporate-ish. Every executive in the book has an executive assistant and an executive coach. 360 reviews and off sites meetings are done every other week, and everyone in the company seems to be finding the time to constantly evaluate themselves, set goals and rigorous development plans and follow through of course. This might be due to the age of the author, or the fact that he started his company over 15 years ago. Some younger startup CEO should definitely pick up the gauntlet and write a 'lean startup' version to this book.

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  • Rosemary P.
  • 05-03-2015

Five stars for the right audience

What made the experience of listening to Startup CEO the most enjoyable?

The information was spot on. Very valuable and thorough. For someone like me who is looking for angel money to become the CEO of a startup, it was just what I needed. The only caveat is that I'm highly educated and have a lot of experience in the nuts and bolts of business and accounting (Master's Degree in Accounting, Certified Management Accountant). So someone who has a dream and an idea but no business (and especially accounting) experience might do well to shore up other weaknesses first before hitting this one. I say that simply because I'm thinking of entrepreneur CEOs that I work with who lack the fundamental skills of running a business, in which case this book is like getting a bigger engine for your car while ignoring that the car doesn't have tires.

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  • Daniel Clarke
  • 02-10-2020

There really needs to be a PDF for this book

There are several exercises the author asks you to complete with no accompanying PDF. The book does have some helpful insights that would help any business get started but it does tend to focus on tech experiences- which is within the author's expertise.

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  • Severina Menor
  • 27-07-2018

Tech oriented, and it should say so in the title

Almost gave up on this one because I couldn't relate to the examples to my personal, non-tech B2B business. But, wanting to finish what I started, I powered through, and actually heard some nuggets that I'd like to incorporate into my company. If they are thinking of an updated or revised edition in the future, I would ask the authors to look outside of their industry for additional examples, or somehow let potential purchasers know that this book is geared to the tech industry.

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  • Justice Campbell
  • 26-10-2017

Good book. Well rounded.

Many start-up books seem to focus on specific aspects - such as lean processes, funding, planning. I thought the two best aspects of this book was (1) it covers a wide variety common CEO start-up issues, and (2) it gave a nod to multiple good books on each particular topic - so the learner could delve more deeply into and particular topic that was covered in the book.

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  • Alex
  • 13-08-2017

Good Advice...If you're a tech founder

Some actionable chapters in here. It's a high level view of every stage of business, so many irrelevant for my situation, but has good stuff. All tech industry, hyper growth concepts and stories

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  • Adam B
  • 13-05-2015

This will be a reference book when you get there

The author shared his really valuable experience building and maturing his organization. The book touches on all the topics that one may face in the course of being a startup CEO.

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  • ron
  • 29-02-2016

Great Insight - Narrator almost unbearable

I must admit that I thought of just purchasing a hard copy of the book to avoid the narration. It was difficult to listen to, and at times felt like the narrator was trying too hard. However, I do feel this book provided great insight for all leaders of startups, but was directed more toward those in the world of technology.

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  • Chris
  • 04-06-2019

Comprehensive

Very comprehensive and informative material. The author goes into detail about each and every topic of starting up and includes a lot of useful references.

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  • Gyanesh kumar
  • 07-05-2019

Exceptionally well written and narratted

Exceptionally well written and narratted by the author. must read for all Startup CEOs. I wish the author all the success. I could draw certainly highly important inferences from the book.

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  • HRG
  • 07-12-2016

Ruined by robotic narrator

These books are useful but often cursory - a little like a 'for dummies' book.

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  • JDL
  • 27-11-2017

Great content, hard listen

The content in this book was really interesting and valuable but the narration felt very choppy and lacked fluidity making it difficult to listen to.

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  • A L
  • 21-08-2017

Brilliant

this book addresses some important parts of being a CEO I have not yet considered. it has encouraged me to think more critically about how I spent my time and I'm excited to continue my start up adventure having taken on board advice from this book!

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  • Campbell
  • 23-02-2015

Enjoyable insight into the thinking and workings

This is an interesting insight into the processes of being a ceo. Even if you are not the spire an entrepreneur and just a person operating in the world of business this book is of benefit, the way the programs and operations are presented can be applied to just running your life and not just running at startup.

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  • Gus Badran
  • 27-01-2020

Must read

It covered many subjects that are useful for running a start up. I personal discovered many tips and ways of running my start up.

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  • Zeeshan
  • 12-10-2017

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very nice and informative book but a bit long...i would like to see a more summarized version else difficult to absorb

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  • Martyn O'Brien
  • 15-08-2016

Great book, well worth a listen!

i have listened to this book twice and found as much useful advice in it both times. I like that it gives great examples of the lessons to be learned and the narration is clear and easy to understand.

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