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Straight Talk for Startups: 100 Insider Rules for Beating the Odds—From Mastering the Fundamentals to Selecting Investors, Fundraising, Managing Boards, and Achieving Liquidity Straight Talk for Startups: 100 Insider Rules for Beating the Odds—From Mastering the Fundamentals to Selecting Investors, Fundraising, Managing Boards, and Achieving Liquidity

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Book Reviews

"Straight Talk for Startups memorializes age-old best practices and empowers both experienced and new investment professionals to beat the odds." (David Krane, CEO, Google Ventures)

"Straight Talk for Startups is filled with real, raw, and fact-based ‘rules of the road' that you need to know when diving into our ultra-competitive startup world. A must read and a re-read!" (Tony Fadell, Coinventor of the iPod/iPhone & Founder of Nest Labs)

"Not only one of the most useful and fun books ever written for founders, but these 100 rules will help any manager become wiser and more effective—and anyone with a passing interest in the human side of business will find this book a delight to read." (Robert Sutton, Stanford Professor, author of Good Boss, Bad Boss)

"It's never easy to launch a new venture, but this book accelerates your learning with advice from experts who've been there and done that. Read it cover to cover to save yourself from making rookie mistakes that upend all too many big ideas." (Elaine Paul, Chief Financial Officer, Hulu)

"Straight Talk generously shares the collective wisdom of decades of startup leadership and investing." (Mihir Desai, Mizuho Financial Group Professor of Finance at Harvard Business School)

"Aspiring entrepreneurs are hungry to combine knowledge with experience, mentorship, and character. Straight Talk for Startups provides a PhD in entrepreneurship." (Professor Tom Byers, Endowed Chair Entrepreneurship Education, Stanford University)

"Straight Talk's venerable best practices provides global startups outside the US with the advantages of a Silicon Valley insider." (Jennifer Li, CEO of Baidu Capital)