Hello, Startup
A Programmer's Guide to Building Products, Technologies, and Teams
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: October 2015
Pages: 604

This book is the "Hello, World" tutorial for building products, technologies, and teams in a startup environment. It's based on the experiences of the author, Yevgeniy (Jim) Brikman, as well as interviews with programmers from some of the most successful startups of the last decade, including Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, GitHub, Stripe, Instagram, AdMob, Pinterest, and many others.

Hello, Startup is a practical, how-to guide that consists of three parts: Products, Technologies, and Teams. Although at its core, this is a book for programmers, by programmers, only Part II (Technologies) is significantly technical, while the rest should be accessible to technical and non-technical audiences alike.

If you’re at all interested in startups—whether you’re a programmer at the beginning of your career, a seasoned developer bored with large company politics, or a manager looking to motivate your engineers—this book is for you.

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5.0

Great book with simple and remarkable advises

By Gralec Paweł

from Warsaw, Poland

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    Comments about oreilly Hello, Startup:

    After reading this book (only without Technology part about programming - because I'm fixed already to IoT platform from "known" american provider) now I have the strategy for delivering new connected products in the digital market. It closes (the startegy) with one sentence from the book - "the best strategy for hiring for your startup is ... don't hire at all!". Thanks to the author for such a great book. Regards Pawel

     
    5.0

    I'll make my kids read it

    By Michael

    from Swampscott, MA

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        Comments about oreilly Hello, Startup:

        In my view this book is a better overview on everything software startup than any great tutorial. Powerful metaphors, straight-forward language and appropriate quotes would make even a non-programmer understand the concepts.
        You don't have to be an expert to understand the very smart examples the author provides. Clarity and attention to detail make this book an enjoyable and educational read.

         
        5.0

        Valuable experience for any project

        By Adil

        from London

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            Comments about oreilly Hello, Startup:

            I brought this book on a whim and am glad that I did. The experience contained in this book I think is relevant for all software projects (not just for startups in the traditional sense of the word).
            Working in academia I view each research project essentially as a startup - you assemble a group and you work on a project not knowing if you will reach your goals or not. Sometimes you find the by-products are the most important parts of the project. If you view things from this perspective this book is highly relevant.
            Yevgeni has written a highly readable and enjoyable book. I'm a slow reader and I read it in about 5 days. I think the parts on testing could have been minimised. It contains his own personal experience in startups and also experience from colleagues. I think it is a book that will remain relevant for a very long time.

             
            5.0

            Outstanding book

            By Jeocentric

            from Paris, Franco

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              Comments about oreilly Hello, Startup:

              This is the kind of great book that comes once in a while such as "Business Model Generation" or "The Startup Owner's Manual".

              "Hello, Startup" is amazingly easy to read and you really get most of what you ought to expect as a tech startuper.

              The author has done a great deal of work to provide rich citations.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Don't wait to read this book!

              By LoreZyra

              from Tokyo, Japan

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                Comments about oreilly Hello, Startup:

                I read a *lot* of books. Some of it wasn't new to me as I have been reading several eBooks on entrepreneurship. I try to read a couple of eBooks a week (using only my 80-minute train commute time to and from work). However, it took me considerably longer as this eBook is among the longest of startup-advise books I have bought (over 1450 pages!). Using only spare time, it took me about a month to dig through. Plus, there were times when I looked up the appendix or reviewed a site that went into deeper detail on the topic linked.

                I must say the author did an excellent job pulling from disparate sources to make this book happen! I thank him for all of the enlightening and inspiring knowledge he has distilled.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                A mandatory book to read right now

                By Alexandre Blanquart

                from Lille, France

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                  Comments about oreilly Hello, Startup:

                  Such a great compilation on startups containing only valuable information.
                  This is a must book to have to finally understand how stock options work, tackle the construction of MVPs and evolution, open your mind on this new world where everyone is connected, avoid common mistakes, and much more.

                  The writing is absolutely simple, evolutive, without compromising the content. I must say: I definitely recommend this book and all the work the author has done so far outside this project.

                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Because Synergy of Complex Systems Matter

                  By Bill

                  from St Petersburg, FL

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                    Comments about oreilly Hello, Startup:

                    Here is what you need to know about Hello Startup. Unless you are currently or have recently worked at a hyper growth tech startup you can benefit from the unique experience and great communication skills used to create Hello Startup. I have read more than a dozen books on startups and many more on business, psychology and programming and I am amazed at the amount of well researched and well thought out explanations of the synergy of good practices of a startup or very focussed company or brach of company. Brikman does a great job of not just expressing opinion but also tempered balance in areas that benefit from analysis and understanding.

                    The book is in three parts, parts one and three are all things startup and part two is tech including tech stacks and plenty of code for demonstration purposes. I am in the unique demographic of being way past the age of the average tech startup founder but since changing from a successful career in Construction Management and Estimating I have ever so slowly been inching my way towards becoming a programmer. Hello Startup would have saved me at least two years of this process just by helping me understand and compare the benefits and weaknesses of different tech stacks. At the advice of others, I spent almost two years thinking that I could build my concept with Wordpress! That seems like a lifetime ago now.

                    I have studied what it takes to test if a concept is viable and Brikman's advice here is spot on. Because much of what I have studied about the first stages of the startup process is represented in Hello Startup I trust that the rest is of similar value like how, when and why to hire, how and why to have a cofounder and the management structure of a startup. If you want to get an understanding of the level of passion and applied intelligence the author has just search the web, read his posts, listen to his talks and check out his blog. I have been researching scalable tech stacks and startup concepts for years now and at this point Brikman is in a very elite class of people that both have walked the walk and found a way to communicate it well.

                    There is much more I could say about this but I have to get back to deciding if and how much Reactjs I want to use for my prototype!

                    If you have read this review to this point then you would benefit from the book, buy it today and be sure to come back and thank me :)

                    As far as cons... I am comfortable saying read the book to find out for yourself. I am not aware of a better book that accurately covers so much, to this depth, while being readable.

                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great book

                    By DSienkiewicz

                    from Warsaw, PL

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                      I think this book is a must for everyone That thinking about creating startup.
                      Written by the great specialist, whom I really admire for knowledge and achievements

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