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Wise, practical, and profitable letters to entrepreneurs, leaders, managers, and business owners in every field—from a leading executive, investor, and business founder
More than 600,000 new businesses are launched each year. How can a start-up find the funding it needs to survive? When, if at all, should a company go public? How does an entrepreneur build and manage a workplace—and create a lasting legacy?
Maynard Webb has helped found, fund, and grow dozens of successful companies, and has driven strategic change at Salesforce, eBay, Everwise, and Visa, among other worldwide corporations. Known for offering savvy insight, encouragement, and a dose of reality in the form of engaging personal letters to a select group of business leaders, Webb now shares his lessons with the rest of America’s aspiring entrepreneurs—at any age and stage in their careers—in Dear Founder.
Featuring more than eighty inspiring, informative, and instructive letters, Dear Founder is rich with sound advice on an array of business topics, from turning your idea into a reality to building a culture, to reaching key financial goals. This book is an indispensable guide to navigating the realities, risks, and rewards of being your own boss—and founding the company of your dreams.
Webb (Rebooting Work), a former Yahoo and eBay executive, proffers wisdom accrued through founding the Webb Investment Network, in this timely business manual aimed at today's many aspiring entrepreneurs. He offers a valuable perspective on overcoming many obstacles commonly faced by founders as their companies move through the various stages he identifies as "start-up," "relevance," "scale," and "legacy." Webb presents his advice in the form of a series of letters, originally written for the use of people whose businesses were included in his company's investment portfolio. The letters address such questions as what to do either when no one or everyone wants to invest, how to put together an effective board, and what to do when a competitor enters one's market space. Many letters center on the key but tricky topic of managing a workforce, tackling subjects such as dispensing and receiving feedback, having an open door, and how to "lead with inspiration, not fear." Webb's well-aimed advice will undoubtedly prove a valuable asset for many a future founder during the building and growth of a new organization.