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This book does offer decent value, covering most major issues and providing valuable insights.
It is, however, too long to my liking (a bit too much to take in). Some might say that the job (startup CEO) has so many aspects to warrant such a long book. Still, I feel something is lost by covering each thought that comes to mind.
Another issue is how un-lean this book is. A bit corporate-ish. Every executive in the book has an executive assistant and an executive coach. 360 reviews and off sites meetings are done every other week, and everyone in the company seems to be finding the time to constantly evaluate themselves, set goals and rigorous development plans and follow through of course. This might be due to the age of the author, or the fact that he started his company over 15 years ago. Some younger startup CEO should definitely pick up the gauntlet and write a 'lean startup' version to this book.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
What made the experience of listening to Startup CEO the most enjoyable?
The information was spot on. Very valuable and thorough. For someone like me who is looking for angel money to become the CEO of a startup, it was just what I needed. The only caveat is that I'm highly educated and have a lot of experience in the nuts and bolts of business and accounting (Master's Degree in Accounting, Certified Management Accountant). So someone who has a dream and an idea but no business (and especially accounting) experience might do well to shore up other weaknesses first before hitting this one. I say that simply because I'm thinking of entrepreneur CEOs that I work with who lack the fundamental skills of running a business, in which case this book is like getting a bigger engine for your car while ignoring that the car doesn't have tires.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
This is an interesting insight into the processes of being a ceo. Even if you are not the spire an entrepreneur and just a person operating in the world of business this book is of benefit, the way the programs and operations are presented can be applied to just running your life and not just running at startup.
6 of 9 people found this review helpful
The content in this book was really interesting and valuable but the narration felt very choppy and lacked fluidity making it difficult to listen to.
If you could sum up Startup CEO in three words, what would they be?
helps consider everything
What was one of the most memorable moments of Startup CEO?
too many to mention, so many aha moments and things I wish I could bookmark
What does William Michael Redman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
I was easy to listen to but I think this book is better read rather than listened to
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No, too long for that
Any additional comments?
There are a LOT of references to other resources throughout the book and it would be beneficial to have the hardcopy available at the same time you are listening, so things can be highlighted. I was listening at the gym and in the car and always wanted to write things down. Frustrating.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful