How will any one with little bit of interest in web-related-stuff react, if they see GMail, Flickr, Adobe, Apple, Yahoo, Craiglist, Fogcreek, Firefox, Blogger, Paypal, Del.ici.ous and 37Signals being mentioned in one single book? Iam almost positive that they might think of reading such a book (and even buying one).These are some of the applications (names) which many many people use on a daily basis. Jessica Livingston spent two years, interviewing founders of those famous startups and some more , and the result is one such book: Founders at Work: Stories of Startups’ Early Days
The book is a collection of interviews with founders/employees of famous technology companies about what happened in the very earliest days. These people are celebrities now (atleast to me). These people tell you in their own words about their surprising and often very funny discoveries as they learned how to build a company.
Probably not many of us will get a chance to speak to these founders and ask all the right questions but Jessica did .It was thrilling to read how technology decisions were made, how frameworks got created , how the byproducts became more famous than the actual ones, how VCs can break a company and so much more .I was not familiar with all the names in the book when I started, but I ended up knowing more about these interesting people, their ideas and the ways they got implemented.I had no clue who Philip Greenspun was before reading the interview with him and I think thats the longest interview in the book and I thoroughly enjoyed it .Ofcourse some interviews were more interesting than others but all in all nothing is boring.
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Finally this is what I feel now ...any good idea well executed, even repeatedly will be a success.So someone can extend the same idea of compiling the interviews of famous startup founders in their countries (India or United Kingdom or Denmark or any other country ) and Iam sure the result will be equally appealing, if not more .