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After 10+ years building & supporting startups, it's time I wrote my Hitchhiker's Guide to building a successful company ;)
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I've always loved books. Not necessarily to read them. I think they are incredible items in their simple form: a condensation of information, knowledge, stories. 

Just holding one can be a bit mystical. You're holding knowledge. You look at the title, the back cover, read a page at random, and you're instantly projected in the mind and thoughts of the author. That's so cool!

I always knew I would write one myself, because I love telling stories. Stories create this powerful, emotional connection. They speak to people's hearts. And if you tell them the right way, they can also become the best educational material ever.

This is the book that I wanted to write. A book for entrepreneurs, coming from stories lived by me or other founders, where builders can find the inspiration to do something truly big. This book is Anyone Can Become an Entrepreneur.  

Anyone Can Become an Entrepreneur

The core principle at the heart of The Family is very simple : Anyone can become an entrepreneur. Don't get this mixed up - it doesn't mean that everyone can become an entrepreneur. I don't even think that everyone should become one. It just means that you never know where a great entrepreneur will emerge from. 

That's why great entrepreneurs are lonely at first. They're building something from nothing in an environment where you expect it the least.

Outcasts, outliers, black swans. The world is hard on people who try to do something different. That's why we built The Family: a real family where entrepreneurs don't have to be ashamed of wanting to build something big and important. Because yes, ambition is the key. No matter where you are in Europe, we’re here to help if your ambition is to create a company that can become something truly big. 

This book will be a piece in this big picture, a guide for the entrepreneurs to come. 

In 13 chapters, I will explore every critical aspect you need to be aware of if you want to build a giant company from Europe, and give my point of view on how you should approach them.

Preview

Free samples are a weird thing. I always say, "Don't do free drugs." You'll get hooked.

That being said, you can read the introduction. I can't promise you won't get hooked, but at least it's just knowledge - the best drug there is ;)

Welcome to the wonderful world of entrepreneurs
Welcome to the wonderful world of entrepreneurs

Who am I?

I'm Oussama Ammar, co-founder of The Family. I was born in Lebanon and lived in the Congo before moving to France with my mom. I've always been an entrepreneur: as a teenager, I launched a couple of businesses and went on to found startups and then invest in them in Silicon Valley & Europe. 

Alongside my co-founders Alice Zagury & Nicolas Colin, we launched The Family in 2013. We support ambitious European entrepreneurs by providing Education, Leverage and Capital. We're very proud of our family of 250+ startups building the giants of tomorrow, and will do whatever we can for their success

Why a crowdfunding campaign?

This book will be self-published. I want to share my thoughts the way I want, with complete freedom over the form, style and content. Freedom always comes at a cost, that's the price of piracy. In this case, it means financing the production (design, layout, printing). And I could think of no better way of financing it than going through the Internet Nation :)

Risks and challenges

- The book is already written, so no worries, you will get it soon

- You might not like the content or disagree with it. I'm here, happy to be challenged :)

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    The Frenchy

    For now, Anyone Can Become an Entrepreneur is an English-only book. If you REALLY want it in French, we will need to convince an editor.

    Pre-order this reward and you'll get a discount on the French book if/when it comes out ;)

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    You know you've got nothing but love for The Family!
    Showcase it with some incredible outfits

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    The Big Bookworm

    Ok, so you're a real reader, aren't you?

    Get every published book we have written at The Family, all in one shot. Enough content to entertain your entrepreneurial vibe for years ;)

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    The Thrill

    Baby, you don't need no dollar bills to have fun tonight! We love cheap thrills ;)

    Come and spend one afternoon with The Family team for a CRAZY paintball session! In addition, you will get a signed copy of Anyone Can Become an Entrepreneur.

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    The Big Classy

    Alright, alright, you're serious about swag! Well, so are we.
    You'll get a bunch of limited edition The Family goodies to wear and showcase everywhere ;)

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    The Super Bookworm

    You want to read more? Something really exclusive?

    You will get SIGNED copies of every book we ever wrote at The Family, and we'll include the EXCLUSIVE comic book written by my co-founder Alice for The Family's 5th birthday.

    It doesn't get more collector than that ;)

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    The Super Classy

    Ok, so you want to take your style to a whole other level? Don't worry, we've got something in our bags for you!

    Get everything included in the Big Classy pack + 2 exclusive pieces with your name on it

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    • PERSONALIZED The Family bomber vest
    • PERSONALIZED The Family backpack
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    The Big Thrill

    Entrepreneurs need to be crazy sometimes. So if you're in it for real, we need something for you to show us just how crazy you are!

    We'll go bungee jumping near Paris with 2 of The Family's Directors. 50+ meters of free fall will force you to jump in the face of your fears ... confront your fear and turn it into courage! That's entrepreneurial.

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    The VIP

    First of all, you're incredible, thank you!

    Second, we'll go have dinner at my favorite restaurant - hint: it's a three-starred one ;) - and we can talk about anything you like: history, your startup, your kid's favorite superhero... It'll be my pleasure!

    The dinner will take place on Fri., Oct. 18th 2019.

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    The VIP's back

    You are absolutely out of this world, thank you!

    Variety is the spice of life, so let's have another dinner, still at a restaurant full of Michelin stars. We can talk about anything you like, the world's our oyster!

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    The All-In

    Entrepreneurs are playing poker, which means embracing a mix of luck, intelligence and maximizing the hand you’re holding. In poker you can win with a bad hand or with a good hand; you can lose with a bad hand or with a good hand.

    And sometimes in poker, you decide that you have to go all-in. That's this package.

    1) THANK YOU INFINITELY
    2) Enjoy ;)

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    The Super Thrill

    If anyone ever tries to tell you that ambition only comes from within, that it’s something you’re born with, don’t believe them. It’s not true. Ambition is something you learn and nurture.

    And what better way to nurture ambition than to go for moonshots? Not a figure of speech, I'm talking literally experiencing what it feels like to aim for the moon.

    I'm not sure anyone will be crazy enough to go for this one, but if you do: we will go and fly weightless. Air Zero G. We will feel what it's like to be in an extraterrestrial state.

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