November 6, 2012
Startup CEO (OnlyOnce – the book!)
One of the things I’ve often thought over the years since starting Return Path in 1999 is that there’s no instruction manual anywhere for how to be a CEO. 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. That became one of the driving forces behind the creation of my blog, OnlyOnce (because “you’re only a first time CEO once”) back in 2004.
Now, over 700 blog posts later, I’m excited to announce that I’m writing a book based on this blog called Startup CEO: A Field Guide to Building and Running Your Company. The book is going to be published by Wiley & Sons and is due out next summer. The book won’t just be a compendium of blog posts, but it will build on a number of the themes and topics I’ve written about over the years and also fill in lots of other topics where I haven’t.
The catalyst for writing this book was Brad Feld. Brad has been a friend, mentor, investor, and Board member for over a decade. We’ve had many great times, meals, and conversations together over the years, not the least of which was staggering across the finish line together at the New York City Marathon in 2005. Brad started writing books a few years ago, and I’ve been peripherally involved with them, first with Do More Faster: TechStars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup (I contributed one of the chapters) and then with Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist (I wrote all the “Entrepreneur Perspective” sidebars).
Those are great books, and they’ve been incredibly well received by the global entrepreneurial community. But then Brad got the bug, and now he’s in the middle of writing FOUR new books with Wiley that will all come out over the next year. They are:
- Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City
- Startup Life: Surviving and Thriving in a Relationship with an Entrepreneur
- Startup Metrics: Making Sense of the Numbers in Your Startup
- Startup Boards: Reinventing the Board of Directors to Better Support the Entrepreneur
These four books, plus the two earlier ones, plus Startup CEO, are all part of the Startup Revolution series. While I’ll continue to do most of my blogging and posting here on OnlyOnce, I’d also encourage you to check out the Startup Revolution site and sign up to be a member of that community. I’ll be doing some things on that site as well in connection with Startup CEO, and it’s a more concentrated place to post and comment on all things Startup. In addition, we’ll be putting a bunch of add-ons to the book on that site closer to publication time.
I hope Startup CEO becomes a standard for all new CEOs. I don’t think I have all the answers, but at least others can benefit by learning from my 13 years of successes and mistakes! Now all I have to do is go write the darned thing.