About the Book:
A new product, a new service, a new division, a new anything — where there's a will, here's the way.
When you get pregnant, you read What to Expect When you’re Expecting. When you get laid off, you read What Color is Your Parachute?. When you get entrepreneurial, you read The Art of the Start.
This book is a weapon of mass construction. Guy Kawasaki says, “My goal was to provide the definitive guide for anyone starting anything. It builds upon my experience as an evangelist, entrepreneur, and most recently, as a venture capitalist who found, fixed, and funded startups.”
The Art of the Start is as relevant for two guys in a garage starting the next Google as social activists trying to save the world. This book cuts through the theories and gets down to the real-world tactics of pitching, positioning, branding, recruiting, bootstrapping, and rainmaking.
What people say:
"Guy has done it again — evangelized something useful and meaningful. This time, it’s a bottom-up business approach profound in its simplicity: Focus on what’s real and forget the fluff. And, please, read the last chapter first." — Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay and co-founder of Omidyar Network
"A successful entrepreneur requires three things: a garage, an idea, and this book-Guy’s irrepressible guide to the raw essentials of life in a young company. I wish we could post all this information on Sequoia Capital’s web site because it would make our jobs much easier." — Michael Moritz, partner, Sequoia Capital
"When God made the universe, He took Guy’s advice and started small and put his whole heart into it. Okay, not everything turned out perfect, but as The Art of the Start makes clear, there are no guarantees, only great opportunities. Read this book and then go do something wonderful." — Geoffrey Moore, author of Crossing the Chasm
"It is wise to learn from your experience, but it is even wiser to learn from the experience of others. In The Art of the Start, my friend, Guy Kawasaki shares the lesson’s behind the scars of his entrepreneurial adventures and the wisdom he’s gained in the process. Guy offers field tested, practical help to anyone wanting to start a business, an organization, or even a church." — Dr. Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life
"This is a delightful, complete, and consummately practical entrepreneur’s handbook-quintessential Kawasaki. Every person who wants to start a business should read it. And read the footnote on page eight. There’s more good stuff in here, but this alone is worth the price of the book." — Clayton Christensen, author of The Innovator's Dilemma and The Innovator's Solution
"As useful for the next great not-for-profit as for the next great VC-funded startup. Anyone trying to change the world should read The Art of the Start. I wish it was around when I started Teach For America." — Wendy Kopp, president and founder, Teach For America
"I have built my business into an internationally famous brand, and yet, after reading this book, I have this nearly uncontrollable urge to chuck my whole business and start all over again. Guy’s book revealed so many things I had never even suspected and shattered so many of my illusions, that it read like a novel. I would love to be the bank for the people who read this book." — Jay Conrad Levinson, author of the Guerrilla Marketingseries of books
About the Author:
Guy Kawasaki who helped make Macintosh a household name, now runs Garage Technology Ventures, a venture-capital firm. He has held his workshop, "Boot Camp for Start-ups," around the world.