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25 Steps to Found and Scale a High-Growth Business The Startup Checklist is the entrepreneur's essential companion. While most entrepreneurship books focus on strategy, this invaluable guide provides the concrete steps that will get your new business off to a strong start. You'll learn the ins and outs of startup execution, management, legal issues, and practical processes 25 Steps to Found and Scale a High-Growth Business The Startup Checklist is the entrepreneur's essential companion. While most entrepreneurship books focus on strategy, this invaluable guide provides the concrete steps that will get your new business off to a strong start. You'll learn the ins and outs of startup execution, management, legal issues, and practical processes throughout the launch and growth phases, and how to avoid the critical missteps that threaten the foundation of your business. Instead of simply referring you to experts, this discussion shows you exactly which experts you need, what exactly you need them to do, and which tools you will use to support them--and you'll gain enough insight to ask smart questions that help you get your money's worth. If you're ready to do big things, this book has you covered from the first business card to the eventual exit. Over two thirds of startups are built on creaky foundations, and over two thirds of startup costs go directly toward cleaning up legal and practical problems caused by an incomplete or improper start. This book helps you sidestep the messy and expensive clean up process by giving you the specific actions you need to take right from the very beginning. Understand the critical intricacies of legally incorporating and running a startup Learn which experts you need, and what exactly you need from them Make more intelligent decisions independent of your advisors Avoid the challenges that threaten to derail great young companies The typical American startup costs over $30,000 and requires working with over two dozen professionals and service providers before it even opens for business--and the process is so complex that few founders do it correctly. Their startups errors often go unnoticed until the founder tries to seek outside capital, at which point they can cost thousands of dollars to fix. . . or even completely derail an investment. The Startup Checklist helps you avoid these problems and lay a strong foundation, so you can focus on building your business.


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25 Steps to Found and Scale a High-Growth Business The Startup Checklist is the entrepreneur's essential companion. While most entrepreneurship books focus on strategy, this invaluable guide provides the concrete steps that will get your new business off to a strong start. You'll learn the ins and outs of startup execution, management, legal issues, and practical processes 25 Steps to Found and Scale a High-Growth Business The Startup Checklist is the entrepreneur's essential companion. While most entrepreneurship books focus on strategy, this invaluable guide provides the concrete steps that will get your new business off to a strong start. You'll learn the ins and outs of startup execution, management, legal issues, and practical processes throughout the launch and growth phases, and how to avoid the critical missteps that threaten the foundation of your business. Instead of simply referring you to experts, this discussion shows you exactly which experts you need, what exactly you need them to do, and which tools you will use to support them--and you'll gain enough insight to ask smart questions that help you get your money's worth. If you're ready to do big things, this book has you covered from the first business card to the eventual exit. Over two thirds of startups are built on creaky foundations, and over two thirds of startup costs go directly toward cleaning up legal and practical problems caused by an incomplete or improper start. This book helps you sidestep the messy and expensive clean up process by giving you the specific actions you need to take right from the very beginning. Understand the critical intricacies of legally incorporating and running a startup Learn which experts you need, and what exactly you need from them Make more intelligent decisions independent of your advisors Avoid the challenges that threaten to derail great young companies The typical American startup costs over $30,000 and requires working with over two dozen professionals and service providers before it even opens for business--and the process is so complex that few founders do it correctly. Their startups errors often go unnoticed until the founder tries to seek outside capital, at which point they can cost thousands of dollars to fix. . . or even completely derail an investment. The Startup Checklist helps you avoid these problems and lay a strong foundation, so you can focus on building your business.

30 review for The Startup Checklist: 25 Steps to a Scalable, High-Growth Business

  1. 4 out of 5

    David Rose

    I'm the author, so I'm certainly biased on this book. That said, I hope I've done a good job of bringing together in one place all of the blocking and tackling specifics that founders of high growth businesses need to know up front! I'm happy to answer any questions about, so feel free to Ask the Author! I'm the author, so I'm certainly biased on this book. That said, I hope I've done a good job of bringing together in one place all of the blocking and tackling specifics that founders of high growth businesses need to know up front! I'm happy to answer any questions about, so feel free to Ask the Author!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Oleksandr Golovatyi

    Some quotes: - "Value propositions. How the business solves problems and meets the needs of its customers, creating value for them in the process." -"Channels. How the business reaches its customers and delivers value to them—for example, through direct online sales, retail distribution channels, value-added resellers, company-owned" -"Customer relationships. The ways in which the business connects with, relates to, and retains customers." -"Revenue streams. Where the money comes from: how the busi Some quotes: - "Value propositions. How the business solves problems and meets the needs of its customers, creating value for them in the process." -"Channels. How the business reaches its customers and delivers value to them—for example, through direct online sales, retail distribution channels, value-added resellers, company-owned" -"Customer relationships. The ways in which the business connects with, relates to, and retains customers." -"Revenue streams. Where the money comes from: how the business generates income from the value propositions it offers to customers." -"Key resources. The assets required to create and deliver the sets. Key activities. What the business does to make its business" -"Key activities. What the business does to make its business model work, such as inventing, buying, building, distributing, operating, and so forth." -"Key partnerships. Outside organizations, such as suppliers and partners, that help the business model work." -"Cost structure. The costs that the business incurs in operating its business model." -"Gabriel Weinberg and Justin Mares, in their great book Traction: A Startup Guide to Getting Customers" -"You can read much more about it on his comprehensive blog, OrganizationalPhysics.com , which includes such cool things as the World's Fastest Personality Test, a free, 15-second test to help you understand the basics of someone's personality style (including your own)." Books train your brain. Train Your Brain with Readlax

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rick Gladwin

    A quick, concise read, outlining a very practical set of benchmarks for startups, with just enough consideration given to organizational setup, financial details, etc. The only drawback for me: the examples related to financial, legal, and corporate structure considerations are US-based, requiring some extra homework or translation for Canadian outfits. But still recommended for Canadian startups based on the clarity and utility of the information and how quick and easy it is to get through.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Isaac Serafino

    Would have a positive review, but this book has the F-word in it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Davor

    Hmm, a valuable book to read which honestly leaves you with a mixed feeling. Me personally, after reading this book, am quite prone to AVOID having business with angel investors and VC's, after taking everything into consideration, it just doesn't seem worth the price. Like Mr. Rose said in his book, the investors have the money, so it is pretty much their will = law, unless you are hot stuff, e.g. Facebook, Twitter or don't need the money so bad. The book does seem a little subjective, where you c Hmm, a valuable book to read which honestly leaves you with a mixed feeling. Me personally, after reading this book, am quite prone to AVOID having business with angel investors and VC's, after taking everything into consideration, it just doesn't seem worth the price. Like Mr. Rose said in his book, the investors have the money, so it is pretty much their will = law, unless you are hot stuff, e.g. Facebook, Twitter or don't need the money so bad. The book does seem a little subjective, where you can tell that investors (including Mr.Rose) lean towards the detriment of entrepreneurs and the benefit of themselves, but that is also understandable to a degree since we as human being are a little egoistical, and I guess after working in an industry for over 30 years like Mr. Rose did, something just sticks to you. Definitely recommend, you learn a lot, and if anything it is worth the scare factor, the average founder in a VC backed startup controls 10-15 % of the company (which is horrible as you might assume) and you need to answer to "The Boss", i.e. board of directors. Best advice possible: Try to bootstrap your company and stay away from the "devil's bargain".

  6. 4 out of 5

    Eric Lazarian

    While some of the information and weblinks are a little dated in 2019, the wisdom and real-world experiential knowledge of David Rose are well worth your time in reading a referencing this book. I read the kindle edition so that I could use the hyperlinks and create notes more easily. This is more than a reference work, and although it's very compact in it's chapter arrangements and writing style, you'll notice that he doesn't waste words in what he needs to get across to the reader, who is for a While some of the information and weblinks are a little dated in 2019, the wisdom and real-world experiential knowledge of David Rose are well worth your time in reading a referencing this book. I read the kindle edition so that I could use the hyperlinks and create notes more easily. This is more than a reference work, and although it's very compact in it's chapter arrangements and writing style, you'll notice that he doesn't waste words in what he needs to get across to the reader, who is for all intents and purposes someone who "means business". This book is intended to be highly practical and immensely useful, and it hits the mark right on the nose. It's not intended for historians, business historians or casual readers. It's for people in the Startup world as either a founder or an investor, but mainly for founders. The appendices and links and bibliography are worth the cost of the book many times over.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Leya

    As a whole, I thought the book is well-structured, and divided up into manageable chunks. It’s also easy to read and Rose puts his language in colloquial terms for other people who are not used to business terms. I also enjoy the fact that the book is split into the three main ideas: ‘prepare to launch’, ‘launch and build your business’, and ‘raise funds, collaborate for investment, prepare to leave’. Thus, across these ideas, the book is broken down into 25 steps for launching and growing a sta As a whole, I thought the book is well-structured, and divided up into manageable chunks. It’s also easy to read and Rose puts his language in colloquial terms for other people who are not used to business terms. I also enjoy the fact that the book is split into the three main ideas: ‘prepare to launch’, ‘launch and build your business’, and ‘raise funds, collaborate for investment, prepare to leave’. Thus, across these ideas, the book is broken down into 25 steps for launching and growing a startup. Since the whole book is structured like a checklist, it seems to be achievable to follow the advice it gives. In the future, I would definitely read this book again because it gives be hope to not make silly mistakes in the business industry.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Anirudh

    A complete elaborate book for Entrepreneurs looking for guidelines or what to expect from the Idea stage till the exit. As the title suggests it is a quick and good read as a Know How of all the related stages of a startup and how to execute each of them. Another pros of this book is david gives very good references for tools, websites for each chapter, which could help you manage your startup. Overall very good and justice done to the Title. However much i though each chapter ended very soon bu A complete elaborate book for Entrepreneurs looking for guidelines or what to expect from the Idea stage till the exit. As the title suggests it is a quick and good read as a Know How of all the related stages of a startup and how to execute each of them. Another pros of this book is david gives very good references for tools, websites for each chapter, which could help you manage your startup. Overall very good and justice done to the Title. However much i though each chapter ended very soon but now I atleast know where to look for information!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Suleiman Arabiat

    A good book, whether for investors or entrepreneurs. It offers a strong narrative and a comprehensive checklist for anyone starting a new high-growth business. As for investors and others who interact with startups, it offers insights on the level of development and/or expertise that the startup founders are at, depending on their relative completion of the items in the checklist. Recommended for anyone working in the area of high-growth businesses, whether as a founder, investor, or vendor/clien A good book, whether for investors or entrepreneurs. It offers a strong narrative and a comprehensive checklist for anyone starting a new high-growth business. As for investors and others who interact with startups, it offers insights on the level of development and/or expertise that the startup founders are at, depending on their relative completion of the items in the checklist. Recommended for anyone working in the area of high-growth businesses, whether as a founder, investor, or vendor/client of such businesses.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Atal Agarwal

    The book provides a very hands-on approach to various steps in a startup journey. It also provides a plethora of resources that a startup needs. I learned about so many new opportunities and resources, such as SCORE that has been instrumental in my startup, after reading this book. The book is structured in a way that you can easily find the step your startup is at to become well informed in that area. I would recommend anyone who is in a startup to read this book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Heather Lenz

    This book is clear, concise and well written. Of all the piles of startup books out there, this one is my favorite so far. I would, however, appreciate a second book specifically targeted to businesses that intentionally do NOT want to scale. That being said, I will be re-reading this book in the future. I bought the ebook and now will be ordering the hard copy too.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sahraoui Chaieb

    A must-read for early entrepreneurs I wish I read this book few years ago when I was investing and founding startups. This book opened my eyes to many details I neglected before. From managing, to lawyers to financing. Great book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mostafa Kheirparast

    کتاب خوبیه. مخصوصا اوایلش. ولی زیاده گویی و توضیحات غیر لازم کم نداره.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Amr Swalha

    Great book for beginners as it go through the basic steps needed to launch a startups.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ken Hamner

    Very good book for aspiring entrepreneurs.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mohammed Faiz Kamaludin

    Very informative book about business especially early chapters. Some chaptes to be explored further if your business is successful.

  17. 4 out of 5

    André Teixeira

    Must-read for any founder in need of angel investors or venture capital.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mahendra

    In depth list of things to check before one jump on to entrepreneurship! Nicely written with vast experience and issues faced by startups in US.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Leo Moreira

    Very good book. Awesome content It opened my eyes to a lot of steps on our journey and provided good info on what to do when we get there

  20. 5 out of 5

    Charles McCaffrey

    A great start-to-finish guide for anyone thinking about starting a business...

  21. 4 out of 5

    Dana P

    Practical with specific examples, helpful.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Krishna Wiharsa

    Good checklist for starting up a business but rather fit for those in USA. Still a good insight though and a good read indeed

  23. 5 out of 5

    Gerardo Alonso

    Really useful for big picture thinkers. I might say the book is leaning a bit toward high growth tech startups, but the general advice is pretty great.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Came across this book serendipitously and I'm glad I did. . Rose provides a very helpful step-by-step framework here for launching or relaunching a business. Not only are the action steps clearly provided, Rose also provides enough background context for each step such that a reader who doesn't know enough about a certain topic is informed enough to take decisive action. It's written as simply as it can be, but not too simply. Came across this book serendipitously and I'm glad I did. . Rose provides a very helpful step-by-step framework here for launching or relaunching a business. Not only are the action steps clearly provided, Rose also provides enough background context for each step such that a reader who doesn't know enough about a certain topic is informed enough to take decisive action. It's written as simply as it can be, but not too simply.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Joe Kearney

    My first ever Goodreads Giveaway book won, and it came at a very serendipitous time; I've been thinking very seriously about starting a business. Although the concepts in this book about large high growth business is way above my more modest mom & pop shop goals right now, I was able to take advantage of many lessons and themes of the business world in the book. I was also led to many good websites and other tools that can help in starting any business. My first ever Goodreads Giveaway book won, and it came at a very serendipitous time; I've been thinking very seriously about starting a business. Although the concepts in this book about large high growth business is way above my more modest mom & pop shop goals right now, I was able to take advantage of many lessons and themes of the business world in the book. I was also led to many good websites and other tools that can help in starting any business.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Serge Kurenkov

    I was reading this book in parallel with "Design your life" and as it covers all the most important activities, it gave me a perspective of what do I like doing in startups and what I don't. I think it is a powerful insight that helps with understanding what kind of co-founders I should be looking at. I was reading this book in parallel with "Design your life" and as it covers all the most important activities, it gave me a perspective of what do I like doing in startups and what I don't. I think it is a powerful insight that helps with understanding what kind of co-founders I should be looking at.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Quiroga

    Good overview of the most important steps to create a high-growth business. The checklist is not what you may think. The approach is not very grounded. I would come back on this book for advice on some particular points.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Howard

    Anyone contemplating a startup should read this - a step by step checklist of the things you'll need to know and do. Anyone contemplating a startup should read this - a step by step checklist of the things you'll need to know and do.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Valerio Soldani

  30. 4 out of 5

    Hossein Sarailoo

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