Book notes: The Startup Checklist

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The Startup Checklist: 25 Steps to a Scalable, High-Growth Business by David S. Rose


Synopsis: “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. If you’re ready to do big things, this book has you covered from the first business card to the eventual exit.

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.” -Amazon

Opening Thoughts:

I picked up this book mostly to help give me an idea of how to start my own startup, which is currently in the works. I was looking to have this book balance out the others I had selected for the month because it seemed more tactical and step-by-step compared to Born a Crime and Linchpin.

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Book notes: The Conversion Code

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The Conversion Code by Chris Smith


Synopsis: “The Conversion Code provides a step-by-step blueprint for increasing sales in the modern, Internet-driven era. Today’s consumers are savvy, and they have more options than ever before. Capturing their attention and turning it into revenue requires a whole new approach to marketing and sales. This book provides clear guidance toward conquering the new paradigm shift toward online lead generation and inside sales. You’ll learn how to capture those invaluable Internet leads, convert them into appointments, and close more deals. Regardless of product or industry, this proven process will increase both the quantity and quality of leads and put your sales figures on the rise.

The business world is moving away from “belly-to-belly” interactions and traditional advertising. Companies are forced to engage with prospective customers first online – the vast majority through social media, mobile apps, blogs, and live chat – before ever meeting in person. Yesterday’s marketing advice no longer applies to today’s tech savvy, mobile-first, social media-addicted consumer, and the new sales environment demands that you meet consumers where they are and close them – quickly. The Conversion Code gives you an actionable blueprint for capturing Internet leads and turning them into customers. ” -Audible

Opening Thoughts:

One of my focuses for this year is to learn as much as I can about marketing and online business. Because of that, I decided to put this book on the list after browsing through the Audible library of books. It seemed like a good book and had pretty decent ratings, so I figured it would be of some value.

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Book notes: Unshakeable

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Unshakeable by Tony Robbins


Synopsis: “Tony Robbins returns with a step-by-step playbook, taking you on a journey to transform your financial life and accelerate your path to financial freedom. No matter your salary, your stage of life, or when you started, this book will provide the tools to help you achieve your financial goals more rapidly than you ever thought possible.

Robbins, who has coached more than 50 million people from 100 countries, is the world’s number-one life and business strategist. In this book he teams up with Peter Mallouk, the only man in history to be ranked the number-one financial advisor in the United States for three consecutive years by Barron’s. Together they reveal how to become unshakeable – someone who can not only maintain true peace of mind in a world of immense uncertainty, economic volatility, and unprecedented change but profit from the fear that immobilizes so many. Through plain English and inspiring stories, you’ll discover…

  • How to put together a simple, actionable plan that will deliver true financial freedom
  • Strategies from the world’s top investors on how to protect yourself and your family and maximize profit from the inevitable crashes and corrections to come
  • How a few simple steps can add a decade or more of additional retirement income by discovering what your 401(k) provider doesn’t want you to know
  • The core four principles that most of the world’s greatest financial minds utilize so that you can maximize upside and minimize downside
  • The fastest way to put money back in your pocket: uncover the hidden fees and half truths of Wall Street – how the biggest firms keep you overpaying for underperformance” -Amazon

Opening thoughts:

I preordered this bookΒ as soon as I got the email promotion from Tony Robbins’ newsletter. It’s a Tony Robbins book and its about money, one of the most important things to understand. IΒ feel like those reasons are two of the most compelling I can think of to ever pick up a book.

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Book notes: The E-Myth Revisited

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The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber


Synopsis: “In this first new and totally revised edition of the 150,000-copy underground bestseller, The E-Myth, Michael Gerber dispels the myths surrounding starting your own business and shows how commonplace assumptions can get in the way of running a business. He walks you through the steps in the life of a business from entrepreneurial infancy, through adolescent growing pains, to the mature entrepreneurial perspective, the guiding light of all businesses that succeed. He then shows how to apply the lessons of franchising to any business whether or not it is a franchise. Finally, Gerber draws the vital, often overlooked distinction between working on your business and working in your business. After you have read The E-Myth Revisited, you will truly be able to grow your business in a predictable and productive way.” -Amazon

Opening thoughts:

I believeΒ I heard this book recommended on the Tim Ferriss Show podcast a couple times so it has been on my list for a while now. I just finished reading 40 Rules for Internet Business Success in January and thought this would be a great follow up. I am in the process of starting my own online business so this book seemed like a great book to add to this month’s queue.

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Book notes: How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia

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How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid


Synopsis: “The astonishing and riveting tale of a man’s journey from impoverished rural boy to corporate tycoon, it steals its shape from the business self-help books devoured by ambitious youths all over “rising Asia”. It follows its nameless hero to the sprawling metropolis where he begins to amass an empire built on that most fluid, and increasingly scarce, of goods: water. Yet his heart remains set on something else, on the pretty girl whose star rises along with his, their paths crossing and recrossing, a lifelong affair sparked and snuffed and sparked again by the forces that careen their fates along.

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia is a striking slice of contemporary life at a time of crushing upheaval. Romantic without being sentimental, political without being didactic, and spiritual without being religious, it brings an unflinching gaze to the violence and hope it depicts. And it creates two unforgettable characters who find moments of transcendent intimacy in the midst of shattering change.” -Amazon

Opening thoughts: Another Tim Ferriss recommendation. Apparently, this book is supposed to have a unique twist to conventional self-help books in that it tells the fictional story in the first person. I believe I heard him reference this book twice in his podcasts so I decided to put it on my list. I chose it for my February list just to add to the variety of my reading this month.

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Book notes: 40 Rules for Internet Business Success

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40 Rules for Internet Business Success by Matthew Paulson

Synopsis: “Matthew Paulson, Founder of Analyst Ratings Network, Lightning Releases, and GoGo Photo Contest, has weathered the failures and triumphs of being an entrepreneur for nearly a decade. 40 Rules for Internet Business Success is his collection of core principles and strategies he used to grow his business.

By listening to this audiobook, you will learn to:

  • Throw away your business plan! Create a scalable business model that actually works.
  • Identify a target market that is desperate for your company’s products and services.
  • Launch your first product or service faster by building a minimum viable business.
  • Create a reliable and repeatable marketing strategy to keep new customers coming.
  • Build systems that make your business run like a well-oiled machine.
  • Maximize your company’s earnings potential with the three keys of revenue growth.” -Amazon

Opening thoughts: I’ve been meaning to pick up a book pertaining to online marketing or business for a while. I stumbled upon this while browsing similar books on online business. It had good reviews and seemed like a solid book with hard tactics so I was sold. I think one of the best venues to start a side project to create additional income streams would be an online, mobile business. I’m sure I would learn some solid nuggets from this one.

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Book notes: The Hard Thing About Hard Things

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The Hard Things About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz


Synopsis: Ben Horowitz, cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley’s most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, offers essential advice on building and running a startup – practical wisdom for managing the toughest problems business school doesn’t cover, based on his popular ben’s blog.

While many people talk about how great it is to start a business, very few are honest about how difficult it is to run one. Ben Horowitz analyzes the problems that confront leaders every day, sharing the insights he’s gained developing, managing, selling, buying, investing in, and supervising technology companies. A lifelong rap fanatic, he amplifies business lessons with lyrics from his favorite songs, telling it straight about everything from firing friends to poaching competitors, cultivating and sustaining a CEO mentality to knowing the right time to cash in.

Filled with his trademark humor and straight talk, The Hard Thing About Hard Things is invaluable for veteran entrepreneurs as well as those aspiring to their own new ventures, drawing from Horowitz’s personal and often humbling experiences.

Opening thoughts:

Again, I found this book through listening to Tim Ferriss’s podcast when he interviewed Mark Andreessen and this book came up. The reviews looked good and so far all of the books I’ve read from the podcast were great. It definitely had a weird title, but I really wasn’t sure what to expect.

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