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Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days 创业初期的故事

Posted on 2007-11-03 16:33 YellowWee(端木柒) 阅读(...) 评论(...) 编辑 收藏
     Founders at Work: Stories of Startups' Early Days 是许多著名技术公司创建者的访谈录,记录着他们创业早期发生的种种。当这些技术还只是朋友们的一些想法时,它们是什么样的?像Steve Wozniak (Apple), Caterina Fake (Flickr), Mitch Kapor (Lotus), Max Levchin (PayPal), and Sabeer Bhatia (Hotmail) 这这样的创业者亲自告诉你他们学习创建一个公司是多么的有趣,多么的令人吃惊。

      他们是从哪里得到后来使他们变得富有的注意?他们怎么说服投资者给他们投资?当他们进行不下去了,他们又是怎么死里逃生的?

      这本书里除了基本的技术之外,很有很多商业知识,始终创业和商业是分不开的,并不是有好的技术就能把它变成热销的商品。记得大学时李开复教授来我们学校演讲,拿会儿大概2000年,其中他介绍了它们亚洲研究院的一个研究项目,一款“中文输入法”。这款输入法到如今来看也没有哪个输入法功能能超过它的,让我印象最深的是功能是自动更正功能,比如你输入汉语拼音shanxi,山西和陕西都是这个拼音,输入shanxi后显示的山西,当你输入西安后,前面的山西自动变成陕西了(刚是了一下,好像微软拼音输入法2007也能实现);还有比如你在输入英文,遇到比如公司的英文记不得怎么写了,你只用输入gongsi,就会自动生成company,更牛的是,它能根据你英文的上下文选择不同的英文。每次敲入gongsi,它能根据上下文生成company,corporation,corp. ,Co. 和firm。这款输入至今还没有面世,可见一个技术转化为商品还需要很长的过程。

      推荐,这本书可以给我们这些搞技术开拓视野,学习一些商业知识,商业技能,始终技术能否成功得要有市场才行。这本书还没有中文,我会利用时间慢慢把这一个个的采访故事翻译过来,请关注YellowWee's Scripthttp://www.yellowwee.com.cn/category/FounderAtWork.aspx

       32个采访包括:

David Heinemeier Hansson
Partner, 37signals and creator of Ruby on Rails

Charles Geschke
Founder of Adobe

Ron Gruner
Founder of Alliant Computer and Shareholder.com

Steve Wozniak
Founder of Apple

Philip Greenspun
Founder of ArsDigita

Evan Williams
Founder of Blogger.com and Odeo

Craig Newmark
Founder of Craigslist

Joshua Schachter
Founder of Del.icio.us

Joe Kraus
Founder of Excite and JotSpot

Blake Ross
Creator of Firefox

Caterina Fake
Founder of Flickr

Joel Spolsky
Founder of Fog Creek Software

Paul Buchheit
Creator of Gmail

Ray Ozzie
Founder of Groove Networks and Iris Associates

Sabeer Bhatia
Founder of Hotmail

James Hong
Founder of HotorNot

Mitch Kapor
Founder of Lotus

Bob Davis
Founder of Lycos

Arthur van Hoff
Founder of Marimba

Mark Fletcher
Founder of ONElist and Bloglines

Ann Winblad
Founder of Open Systems and Hummer Winblad

Max Levchin
Founder of PayPal

Mike Lazaridis
Founder of Research in Motion

Mena Trott
Founder of Six Apart

Dan Bricklin
Founder of Software Arts and creator of VisiCalc

James Currier
Founder of Tickle

Mike Ramsay
Founder of TiVo

Steve Kaufer
Founder of TripAdvisor

Paul Graham
Founder of Viaweb and Y Combinator

Brewster Kahle
Founder of WAIS, Internet Archive and Alexa Internet

Steve Perlman
Founder of WebTV

Tim Brady
First employee at Yahoo!