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An entrepreneurs’ life is filled with risks and challenges. Our goal is to know as much as we can in order to make better decisions and reduce our risks. This is why I love reading “How I did it” types of books of successful individuals. These books give you a peak of what they faced and the actions they made to achieve success. I love the opportunity to benefit from other people’s experiences and the lessons they have learned from being an entrepreneur.



Recently, I came across the free eBook “Startup Best Practices: Conversations with Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs” by Cees J. Quirijns. The eBook is an interview of 15 Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and the most important business lessons they have learned. The author chose Silicon Valley because “it has produced an unparalleled number of entrepreneurial success stories as well as entrepreneurial failures. If there is one place in the world where startup do’s and don’ts are concentrated, it is California USA.”



The eBook is full of insights on how to start a business, from looking for funding, dealing with investors, hiring the first employees, getting their products to market, being open to feedback among others. I really enjoyed these entrepreneurs’ candor and openness about their experiences in starting a business, particularly coming from the perspective “What could I have done better? What did I learn? What will I do differently?”

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