Randall Stross’ book will give you an exclusive behind the scenes account of what goes on in one of the most sort-after and prestigious start-up initiatives in the world, the Y-Combinator; The Launch Pad is a entertaining and fascinating read all about this programme and what it takes to make it in the world of small business.
If you don’t know, Y-Combinator is the most sought-after home for start-ups in Silicon Valley. Twice a year, it funds dozens of just-founded start-ups and provides three months of guidance and mentoring to help refine the start-ups for ‘Demo Day’ where they will pitch their businesses to a large group of investors. Y-Combinator has been part of the success stories behind several recent start-ups including Dropbox, Airbnb and Codeacademy.
The Launch Pad is Randall’s captivating tale of how he was granted backstage access to follow the programme and its 64 candidates in the Summer of 2011.
Among the candidates were Codecademy, a Web site offering to teach anyone programming; Rap Genius, a Wikipedia-like site for rap lyrics; and Clerky, whose software is written by a pair of attorneys who are also software engineers seeking to “make attorneys obsolete.”
Randall also offers some intriguing words of wisdom from the programmes leader, Paul Graham: Paul’s first and most important piece of advice is ‘make something people want.’ His further unconventional advice advocates “Here, we don’t fire you, the market fires you. If you’re sucking, I’m not going to run along behind you, saying, ‘You’re sucking, you’re sucking, c’mon, stop sucking.’” An eye-opening and reality check mantra but nevertheless important and certainly worth a read within The Launch Pad.
Whether you are a budding entrepreneur, the next start-up wannabe or just curious about the more Hollywood-esque world of start-ups and gain behind the scenes access, The Launch Pad is a page-turning account of Randall’s time in Silicon Valley and will have you captivated at what it takes to make it in the world of start-up business.
To find out more about Y-Combinator and The Launch Pad check out Vanity Fair’s recent adaption of an excerpt from the book: http://www.vanityfair.com/business/2012/10/y-combinator-start-up-think-tank
To pre-order a copy of the paperback from Portfolio Penguin now visit the following link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Launch-Pad-Combinator-Exclusive/dp/0670923494/ref=tmm_pap_title_0