Founders at Work was written by Jessica Livingston (Apress: January 2007). There are 33 entrepreneurs interviewed by Jessica Livingston in her outstanding book about the people who have started companies in the modern era. The four women and their enterprises are:
· Ann Winblad of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners and Open Systems Inc. a top selling accounting software company
· Catarina Fake of Flickr (the image and video hosting website now owned by Yahoo!)
· Mena Trott of Six Apart (creator of TypePad and Movable Type)
· Jessica Livingston of Y Combinator, a seed stage venture firm
These women rank in the company of Steve Wozniak, Mitch Kapur, Dan Bricklin, Mike Lazaradis, Max Levchin, and Craig Newmark. If you don’t know what they created, get the book and learn how all of these people created the digital global world we inhabit today.
Four out of 33 is 12.1% -- very similar to all of the “women of achievement” market shares we read about everywhere today. If it’s not 12 percent, it’s 15% or 18%. But it’s always in that ballpark because that is how many women made the decision to go out and founded enterprises, today.
This is a wonderful book to read if you want to understand what it looks like from the inside to create a business and watch it grow. There is no funnier story than Ann Winblad’s description of her booth at an early Comdex and the travails she endured there. This sense of humor, crafted early in her career, undoubtedly helped carry her forward during many investor negotiation meetings where she probably was asked hundreds of times to go fetch the coffee for the boys.
Women ask for role models. Every minute of every day, it seems, women ask for role models. In every conference or panel I’ve ever attended, they ask “Where are the women in leadership to inspire me?” Again and again, I read McKinsey or Wharton or Russell Reynolds or Catalyst bemoan the lack of “women role models.”
I keep trying to point them to books exactly like this one. Or to the host of books that I’ve gathered on my Recommended Reading lists. I’m going to bring a copy of this book and my own to the next women’s panel. I’m going to throw the books at the next woman who complains that she cannot find “any women role models to inspire her.”
Publisher's site: http://www.apress.com/business/entrepreneur/9781590597149 and the book's web site: http://www.foundersatwork.com/