Publisher: Wiley, 2020, 456 pages
Being a startup CEO is a job like no other: it's difficult, risky, stressful and, in venture capitalist and long-time Return Path Board Member Fred Wilson's view, "lonely, heavy duty, and a thankless task." As a startup CEO, seeing things for the first time, you're likely to make mistakes, to fail, to get things wrong, and to feel like you don't have any control over outcomes.
Author Matt Blumberg has been there, and in Startup CEO: A Field Guide to Scaling Up Your Business, Second Edition he shares his experiences, mistakes, and lessons learned as he guided Return Path from a handful of employees and no revenues to over $100 million in revenues and 500 employees in 2019. In the highly volatile internet world, Matt and his team managed the company through the dot-com crisis of 2000, 9/11, the financial meltdown of 2008, and through the successful sale to Validity in May 2019.
Startup CEO is not a memoir of Return Path's 20-year journey, but a thoughtful CEO-focused book that provides first-time CEOs with advice, tools, and approaches for the situations that they will likely face.
Organized into six parts — Storytelling, Building Human Capital, Execution, Leading a Board of Directors, Managing Yourself, and Selling Your Company — Matt guides you through the thorny, challenging situations you'll face and provides solutions. With this book as your guide, you'll discover:
A new section covers selling your company. As a first-time CEO you'll probably sell your company only once, but buyers will have done multiple deals. How can you turn that to your advantage so that your company is bought, not sold?
Startup CEO is the field guide every CEO needs throughout the growth of their company.