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“I rarely encounter books that are so open about the failures encountered, and expose so many details about day-to-day issues. Perhaps Ben Horowitz' "The hard thing about hard things" comes close.”

Maarten Truyens, Founder & CTO at ClauseBase

starstarstarstarstar Very insightful lessons for other startup founders

As the founder of a software startup, I was very intrigued by this book. It sketches a detailed picture of the ups and downs that you encounter when starting a company, and nurturing it over more than a decade. In many small stories I see striking parallels with my own startup, and I can use the author's experience to avoid some of the problems he experienced in the later stages of the company.

I have read a number of very good business books, most of them written by outside consultants / experts, which are typically good at distilling clear lessons and formulas to reuse. Books written by startup founders seem to be a minority; in fact, I rarely encounter books that are so open about the failures encountered, and expose so many details about day-to-day issues. (Perhaps Ben Horowitz' "The hard thing about hard things" comes close.)

Initially I wondered whether it was a good idea for the author to provide fairly detailed descriptions of various technical and/or legal subjects, because I can imagine that for some readers this will distract from the flow of the text. However, it quickly dawned on me that these details and insights are the real selling point of this book, as this kind of information (deal sizes, negotiation problems, insights into product positioning, etc.) is quite difficult to find elsewhere.

The author's advice near the end of the book — i.e., that founders should not stick around for a long time after having sold their startup — is quite gloomy, because it undermines the rosy picture typically painted about the startup scene, but the author goes to great lengths to explain why (and after some further reflection, I tend to agree with his advice).

Although the book does not pretend to be a typical advisory book — like those from outside consultants / experts — I noticed that I have already discussed several intriguing points raised by the author, with people near to me. There are not many books that have triggered this level of discussion around me

Finally, perhaps good to note that the discussions of the open source aspects was not a reason for me to read the book, as my own startup uses the more traditional proprietary software approach. However, in my past life as an information technology lawyer, open source was one of my favourite subject matters, so I do have relevant knowledge in this area. From what I read in this book, I think the author provides a very good and clear overview of the various legal & business aspects of open source.

5-star reader review on amazon.com by Maarten Truyens, Founder & CTO at ClauseBase

“Really enjoyed the book. Very much a biography as much as a business book. Really interesting to see so many parallel experiences. All the finance fun, from revenue recognition to EBITDA. The M&A stuff. The "wish I had done the M&A terms differently for these specific reasons."”

Will Iverson, Founder at ChangeNode

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“Bruno wrote an incredible book on his COSS journey. Mandatory reading for technical founders!”

Joseph "JJ" Jacks, Founder at OSS Capital and Open Core Summit

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“This untold-saga about a developer and his project is a significant contribution to the open-source ecosystem because it draws upon lessons that can educate and inspire many open-source developers. A must-read!”

Amelia Eiras, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at Tomitribe

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“‘Entreprenerd’ is a great case study on how to develop an innovative business with cutting-edge technology. A fantastic read!”

Leonard Rosenthol, Senior Principal Scientist and PDF Architect at Adobe Systems

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“Bruno shares his profound experiences as a technical founder. While reading, you will discover the several stages in the life of an entrepreneur and his business. Highly recommended.”

Dilip Thomas, Founder at Wurreka and Developer Summit

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“Bruno's success building iText into a thriving business opens the door for other software developers to do the same thing. Here is how he did it.”

Johan Vos, Java Champion and Founder at Gluon Software

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