Have you always wanted to be an entrepreneur? Are you convinced your great idea will be a world-beater? Or do you simply fancy working for yourself for a change?
Hundreds of thousands of companies are started up by would-be entrepreneurs every year, but all the statistics show that over half of those will fail pretty quickly, and most will never reach their fifth birthday.
Being an entrepreneur isn't easy - as the stories in this book show. Sacking someone on their first day, going everywhere by bicycle because there's no money for public transport, and not letting a wedding day get in the way of negotiations are just a few of the challenges our entrepreneurs have faced.
But if their stories of sacrifice don't put you off, then the tips and advice that they share will give you a fantastic insight into the life of an entrepreneur. Read this book to find out if you've got what it takes, and how to avoid the most common mistakes.
Kate Kirk has been writing about technology, entrepreneurship and management for over a decade. She has written two books on the technology cluster known as 'the Cambridge Phenomenon', has covered the history of technology transfer at the University of Cambridge, and worked with Peter on his first book, The Invested Investor. She is a regular speaker on all aspects of entrepreneurship in the Cambridge technology ecosystem and continues to research the history and development of the cluster.
About the authors
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Are you an entrepreneur?
Chapter 3: Founder or co-founders?
Chapter 4: Building the team in the early days
Chapter 5: Investors
Chapter 6: The board, advisors and mentors
Chapter 7: Customers and product-market fit
Chapter 8: Intellectual property
Chapter 9: Cash flow
Chapter 10: Scaling and pivoting
Chapter 11: The end of the adventure
Interviewees and contributors