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Goodreads 4.42 stars 24 votes
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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

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“In the world where raising venture money is celebrated as a success, this is a fresh perspective on what a real success is.”

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“Like all great stories, there is plenty of action, lots of twists, a great cast, some baddies and a hopefully happy ending.”

“It is definitely a business book that documents meticulously how Bruno built and sold his business, the decisions he took and their rationale, and how he handled all the problems he met along the way. It is a very generous and candid book and Bruno puts in a lot of details and numbers. It is also a warning to be wary about the problems you can encounter (even with the best of planning and forethought) and a cautionary tale about the excesses of some Venture Capitalists.”

“[I]t is a really entertaining read, carefully told my the person at the centre of the story.”

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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 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

“The reader is a fly on the wall in the board room, witnessing the confrontations of different company cultures.”
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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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“Sometimes those things do end up in court. I definitely recommend reading about this in the book.
Reading about someone else's experience - this is one of the gifts the book represents, right? Giving people the chance to learn a little bit about that.”

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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!”

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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.”

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