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A book about Silicon Valley startups, oriented towards and for engineers. Why to join a startup, what to do to maximize financial advantages.
A book about Silicon Valley startups, oriented towards and for engineers. Why to join a startup, what to do to maximize financial advantages.
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Recent updates

Print books are here!

I got home at around 4:00pm to find 2 boxes outside my door. You guessed it. The print books have arrived. I opened one up and they look great, no additional glitches were introduced in the last 24 hours of furious revisions. I'm sure there are still a few typos in there, but this will work for a first printing. Approximately 40 copies will go out immediately (several folks asked for electronic copies instead of print so they could get the book earlier, but 2 copies have to go to the U.S. Copyright Office for registration). If any of you think of folks who should get review copies let me know and I'll get in touch with them. I've budgeted about 5 copies for reviewers, but am scratching my head trying to figure who/where to send them to for maximum effectiveness.

If you've already read the book and like it, you might want to know that there's already a GoodReads page up. Thanks, Todd!

Books will go out Monday, except for those of you who haven't provided your addresses yet. I'll put up a buy link on the official book site tomorrow and put up a blog post over at my blog, but I figured you early supporters should get notified early.

Thank you all very much!

Soft launch of my book site

Digital Book Sales are live!. I received the final proof, and it looks pretty good. I've corrected a bunch of typos, and uploaded a new interior text. I'll order another proof tomorrow and place a print order copy on Friday.

At this point, all my backers should receive requests for mailing information as well as options on how they want their books signed, etc. Thank you one and all for your encouragement!

The end is in sight!

I've been scrambling for the past week to:

1. Keep up with incoming feedback
2. Stay on top of the permissions process, to get everyone who was quoted extensively in the book to agree to be quoted.
3. Get a Proof-ready copy.

I'm happy to report that I've at this point consolidated all the feedback, and pending a few more changes will release the final "release candidate" for the book.

Everyone except one person who was quoted in the book have gotten back to me with approval to quote. Google's former SVP of Engineering, Wayne Rosing, and Facebook's VP of Technology Jeff Rothschild have even provided additional material that is both insightful and useful.

I ordered a proof copy last Tuesday. It's getting here by slow boat, so at this point, print copies are at least a month out (2 more weeks for the final proof, and then another 2 weeks for the first print orders). However, if you're in a hurry by February 24th and pledged at the $15 level, you'll get an option to either wait for the paper copy, or get the electronic copy immediately. Obviously, electronic copies will be unsigned.

Thank you all for your support!

Book Cover ready

My book cover is now ready. I first made on in photoshop, and then a friend of mine suggested a black and white version. Feed back on either (or both) would be welcome. One thing that surprises me is that I don't have any ultra high resolution photos of Silicon Valley. I'll have to rectify this in case the proof doesn't look good.

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RC 1 just went out


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