June 18th 2012
Great From the Start. How conscious corporations attract success. John B. Montgomery. 2012. ISBN 9781614481485. This is the chronicle of what Gordon Campbell (Chips and Technologies founder) did when he created Techfarm Ventures one of the earliest technology incubators. The incubator was a great success with his companies being acquired very quickly for huge sums. This book is easily the best “plan” for building a technology incubator I have read. But it goes on to become a very good detailing of everything (founder types, mentors, board meetings, legal , investments, customers and so on) a start-up needs to go through in order to grow to a successful exit. The examples and details are what you need and the language is very clear and straightforward. I hazard a guess that many present day “incubators” do far far less than what Techfarm did for its start-ups. A well put together book. I could not put it down.
- 5 famous Startup Incubation Centers in India (trak.in)
- A Trove of Technical Talent Distinguishes New Entrepreneurial Incubator (sacbee.com)
- Is Your Startup Relevant Enough to be Great? (startupprofessionals.com)
- Startup Communities. Building an entrepreneurial ecosystem in your city. Brad Feld.
- Zero to One. Notes on startups, or now to build the future. Peter Thiel.
- How They Started. How 25 good ideas became great companies. Carol Tice & David Lester
- The Lean Startup. How today’s entrepreneurs use continuous innovation to create radically successful businesses. Eric Ries.
- Running Lean. Iterate from plan A to a plan that works. Ash Maurya.