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Funders and Founders' visual book that shows you how to become an entrepreneur from idea to product to funding to scaling.

Everyone needs to feel important. To be important you need to create value. How do you create value when you don't have much? The best way to do it is by becoming an entrepreneur.

After reading this book you will learn how to create value. If you don't, you will get your money back :)

You might say you already read books on entrepreneurs, and they don't help. That is exactly the issue that bothered us for two years now. 

Since then we founded an organization for people who took action and succeeded and we started our interviews with startup founders.

This book is crowd-written based on thousands of interviews and our collaboration with a community of 50,000 entrepreneurs who joined us on social media and at live events. Every page is written in collaboration with a visionary founder or investors like Tim Draper and Jeff Clavier. Then every page is shared with our community - and their reaction determines the future of the page - leave it as it is or make changes.

We contents of the book got published by Richard Branson and many magazines:

we were published here
we were published here

This book is infographic - infographics are visualizations that combine data and insight. After reading this book, you will close your eyes and you will see infographics - that's how effective and memorable they are. 

In 200+ pages, in color you will go from having an idea to having a business.

Through the 50 infographics you will see experiences and data from over 2000 founders and investors that we interviewed for you.

Here are the contents of the book in a nutshell:

  • The Minimum Viable Product - is your idea simple enough?
  • Creating value - how to package and repackage value in a product
  • Communicating your idea - pitching so that people understand
  • How to raise money from investors, and much more

If you are not sure yet, just read this book.

Why an infographic book?

Infographics make information easier to read and easier to remember. We can fit a lot more insight and data into this book than we could have into any text-based book. That allows us to cover the entire topic of entrepreneurship in one book. (The truth is infographics is the future of how all information will look, but that is another story.)

Btw, a fun fact, like Richard Branson, a lot of entrepreneurs are dyslectic, including myself. Dyslexics are known to want to see the full picture all at once. Infographics do just that -show you the whole picture.

How the book looks in iBooks - awesome user experience for interactive infographics
How the book looks in iBooks - awesome user experience for interactive infographics

Why are we writing the book?

Our mission is to encourage everyone from a mom to an engineer to do a startup. Why? Both of us, myself and Vlad, my team, started on a traditional path. I was a startup lawyer and a linguist. I wrote about startups and interviewed more startup founders than I can remember. Vlad worked as an engineer for big corporations, putting his entrepreneur dreams on hold, but not for long. I was ready to use my linguistic skills to write the most comprehensive and innovative book on entrepreneurship. Vlad would make the distribution of the book easy and innovative using his tech skills. When we met we realized that each of us had the skills that together would create a way for people see the same opportunity we built for ourselves - startup entrepreneurship. 

Examples of contents of the book

Ok, as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. See for yourself. 

And if you like your infographics really large, we make them into posters.

Infographic Posters (the Do-It-Yourself kind)
Infographic Posters (the Do-It-Yourself kind)

40% of the book is already written, now comes the part where we need collaboration with other graphic designers. And that's where you can help. And here is how.

REWARDS

Glad you asked, 'cause we're all about the VALUE proposition here.

Any reward level gets you a free e-book! As the campaign goes on, we will keep you in the loop. Be sure you will be the first to see the drafts of the newest infographics we make, and you can comment and suggest things.

The rewards will start shipping in March, and most rewards will be completed by June.

I wish you could just wear the book on your body ... the next best thing is a super slimming awesomely designed t-shirt. No self-respecting billion-strong demographic can go around this world without an exclusively designed-for-this-kickstarter t-shirt. 

Yes, now you can test if people around you see things your way. Even if they can't read - because there are graphics on the back. The shirts are unisex. 

"Being an Entrepreneur" t-shirt, see more examples
"Being an Entrepreneur" t-shirt, see more examples

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER KICKSTARTER?

Our vision is to deliver this book to every entrepreneur in the world - today that's a 400 million demographic - that's why we want to make it really affordable for everyone from your falafel maker to an investor. 1 dollar is all it takes for the e-book. If you pledge a dollar in this campaign though, not only will you get the book yourself, you will also make it possible for other entrepreneurs to get it later. So your pledge today makes a huge impact. After Kickstarter, the book will available on Amazon and iBooks, at a higher price than on Kickstarter. Limited Editions will only be available on during this campaign - and never again.

WHERE IS THE MONEY GOING?

Every dollar that comes in will go towards this book's professional editing, adapting it for Kindle, iBooks and print, interviewing investors and entrepreneurs and high quality paper stock. A bit of the cost will go towards data-gathering and research - a lot of which we do by actually interviewing investors and entrepreneurs either in person or by phone (like real journalists). Most of the work (95%) we will execute ourselves. We will need one additional designer to help out at the end. High quality paper stock, and a glossy cover are a given. We are talking about the first infographic book about entrepreneurship - so every infographic will be out-of-this-world informative, well-researched, and well-designed.  That means we will team up with the best editors and designers.

If we raise more than our goal, we will be excited to add more pages and  translate the book into more languages.

WHAT'S NEXT?

Now is that time when you say, "This is so cool, I'll run and tell my friends." Or you can just sit and quietly enjoy knowing about this Kickstarter page.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

I am excited and confident about this project. The main challenges I expect will be with making sure everyone who helps with the graphics gets their job done on time.
We have been doing infographics for a while now, so we set realistic time frames for everyone to get the graphics done on time. Plus, the project is so interesting that people are excited to work on it as fast as possible.
We also set realistic reward dates to make sure they show up at your doorstep on time. That's really important to us. We can't wait for you to read the book, so we will be working really hard in the next months to get it to you.

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    DIGITAL FRIEND: You get "Becoming an Entrepreneur" the e-book. First, you will get the pdf book emailed to you. And when the Kindle version is ready, we will send it to you free.

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    VISUALIZER: You get 3 very large infographic posters (like ones in the video) in do-it-yourself format (What's that? You get a PDF of the posters divided up into 8.5''X11" sheets) you print them out on a regular printer, glue them together and, voila, you got yourself a very, very large poster. All 'cause you're so good with the glue :) (Don't worry we will send you detailed instructions on how to glue)

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    POSTERIZER: You get an infographic poster mailed to your doorstep + iBooks book + everything in DIGITAL FRIEND. The poster size is 24'' X 36"- yes, it's nice and large. You can choose 1 of 3.

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    AWESOME ADVOCATE: Awesome T-SHIRT with vision-driven, eyesight-testing message to capture many eyeballs + iBooks book + everything in DIGITAL FRIEND + PDF with 3 posters in do-it-yourself format (see the t-shirt design on the left, it's a Kickstarter-only design, btw)

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    SUPER-VISIONARY: You get a LIMITED EDITION - INCREDIBLY AWESOME WITH FOLDOUTS AND EXTRA FEATURES print copy "Becoming an Entrepreneur" in hard cover (only 1000 copies for the entire world) signed by us, where you will get the inside story from successful startups that we will write about and see their first prototypes. + iBooks book + everything in DIGITAL FRIEND + PDF with 3 posters in do-it-yourself format

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    PARTNER We will feature you or your startup on our Facebook page. We will make an insightful quick graphic about your message. You can also make a special offer in that post, if you want. You will also get everything in iFriend.

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    SCOUT: Let's meet in a Google+ hangout in a group of 10-15, for 2 hours and make one of our infographics together. You get to see how we do it, we get to hear your insight. Meanwhile we can talk about entrepreneurship, and anything that's on your mind + you get "Becoming an Entrepreneur" LIMITED edition + the awesome T-SHIRT + iBooks book + everything in DIGITAL FRIEND.

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    INSIDER: You will learn how to make infographics. We'll meet on Skype or Google+ one on one. I will teach you color theory, information structuring, layouts, and more advanced creative formats. You also get 2 physical books (1 LIMITED edition and 1 regular) + the awesome T-SHIRT + iBooks book + everything in DIGITAL FRIEND.

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    ENTREPRENEUR-EXTRAORDINAIRE: You get a custom infographic about YOUR idea, designed by us, just for you. Tell us the idea you are thinking about, and we will help you visualize it. We will talk with you (on Skype, Google+) for 2 hours about your concept. You get "Becoming an Entrepreneur" LIMITED edition plus everything in INFOGRAPHATOR, signed by us. Infographic complexity is measured in sprites, which are images integrated into a larger scene. You get up to 15 unique sprites, and up to 50 total sprites. Medium format.

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    MOGUL: You get an infographic about YOURSELF. You get a half-day video call session with us to learn about you, what makes you successful, your insights, your personality. Then you get an infographic with yourself as the protagonist. You also get "Becoming an Entrepreneur" LIMITED edition plus everything in INFOGRAPHATOR, with the book signed by us. (As an option, we could meet in person, depending on where you are. Travel costs are not included.) Infographic complexity is measured in sprites, which are images integrated into a larger scene. You get up to 25 unique sprites, and up to 150 total sprites. Large format.

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    THE FUNDER OF THE ARTS: You get the LIMITED EDITION (only 2 in the whole world) oil painting of a custom-designed infographic just for you (or any infographic of ours), plus "Becoming an Entrepreneur" LIMITED edition plus everything in INFOGRAPHATOR. We will have a nice video call (up to 8 hours) during which we will discuss your vision. Since we have whole day, you'll see live progress as we make your infographic. The painting and the books will be signed by us. This is a timeless, one of a kind, gift. And you deserve it. I know it. (As an option, we could meet in person, depending on where you are. Travel costs are not included.) Infographic complexity is measured in sprites, which are images integrated into a larger scene.You get up to 40 unique sprites, and up to 200 total sprites. Large format.

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