What do you need to know to start a startup that is likely to become a billion-dollar company? Ali Tamaseb, with the help of data from over 1,000 startups, draws on his experience as an entrepreneur and investor to answer this question. In Super Founders, he reveals what separates successful unicorn startups from all the rest and provides guidance for founders on how they can increase their chances of building a giant company. Tamaseb covers essential topics such as team composition, product development, fundraising strategy, and leadership—but also includes less obvious factors such as culture and luck. He explains why it’s important for founders not only to have skills in certain areas but also be part of specific cohorts (for example “First Movers”), industries (including enterprise software or marketplaces), or regions (Silicon Valley). And he offers valuable insights into when it might make sense for entrepreneurs to give up on their dream of building a mega startup.
For who is this book for ?
This book is for aspiring entrepreneurs who want to know what it takes to build a billion-dollar startup. Tamaseb provides a wealth of data and insights gleaned from his experience as an entrepreneur and investor, offering guidance on everything from team composition and product development to fundraising strategy and leadership.
- The book is data-driven and provides a lot of evidence to support the points made.
- It covers a wide range of topics related to founding and building a billion dollar startup.
- The author has personal experience as an entrepreneur and investor, which gives him valuable insights to share.
- The book is a bit repetitive
- It does not cover every stage of starting up a company
- There might be more recent books on the same subject
Learn more about the author
Ali Tamaseb is an entrepreneur and investor. He has started or invested in over a dozen companies, including two that have become billion-dollar startups. Ali is also the cofounder of Founders Institute, which helps entrepreneurs start companies around the world.
“Ali does a great job of breaking down complex ideas into readable chunks, and offers clear insights based on his own experience as an entrepreneur and investor.”
“Ali Tamaseb has written an insightful and comprehensive book on what it takes to build a billion dollar startup. Drawing on data from over 1,000 startups, Super Founders is essential reading for any entrepreneur or investor.”
“If you are thinking of starting a company, or if you are an entrepreneur who wants to take your business to the next level, then this book is for you.”
“Tamaseb’s data-driven Super Founders is a must read for any startup founder. The insights and observations are relevant, timeless, and actionable.”