Lost and Founder: A Painfully Honest Field Guide to the Startup World

Lost and Founder: A Painfully Honest Field Guide to the Startup World

Rand Fishkin, the founder and former CEO of Moz, reveals how traditional Silicon Valley "wisdom" leads far too many startups astray, with the transparency and humor that his hundreds of thousands of blog readers have come to love. Everyone knows how a startup story is supposed to go: A young, brilliant entrepreneur has an cool idea, drops out of college, defies the doubte Rand Fishkin, the founder and former CEO of Moz, reveals how traditional Silicon Valley "wisdom" leads far too many...

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Title:Lost and Founder: A Painfully Honest Field Guide to the Startup World
Author:Rand Fishkin
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Genres:Business
ISBN:B078HX9ZL3
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:300 pages pages

Lost and Founder: A Painfully Honest Field Guide to the Startup World Reviews

  • Laurel
    Oct 05, 2018
    Since I'm involved in digital marketing and on the leadership team of a startup marketing agency, this was a great book for me to read to gain some serious insights into the growing pains of an agency. I skimmed over the VC and funding info because I'm not involved in those decisions. ...
  • Misty
    May 28, 2018
    I?m not sure why I read this book. I know Rand and Geraldine but just barely. I know nearly nothing about Moz. I don?t work in tech. And although I work in marketing I have just surface knowledge of SEO. But I decided to preorder this book for a couple of reasons: my father-in-law ...
  • Alyssa
    Jun 14, 2018
    Part startup tutorial, part deepest confessions, this book is excellent. Rand Fishkin, the former CEO of Moz, exposes the truth behind Silicon Valley startup myths. He?s brutally honest about his and his company?s successes and failures, and that?s refreshing. From discussion of ...
  • Scott Wozniak
    Aug 31, 2018
    This is the most honest, open book on starting a company that I have read--and I've read a lot. I would strongly recommend all entrepreneurs read this, even if you aren't building a tech company. I don't have a tech company (we consult to executive teams) and I loved it. This book ...
  • Tihana
    May 22, 2018
    I'm a big fan of Whiteboard Fridays and was truly looking forward to reading this book. It delivered. Rand Fishkin tells a noise-canceling story of a SaaS startup that had a truly exceptional trajectory. With both feet on the ground and painfully honest, Rand explains what VC funding d...
  • Ahmad Abugosh
    May 14, 2018
    As a big fan of Rand's work on Moz (especially his pro tips on Twitter and Whiteboard Friday's), this book was a great look behind the curtain on the true nature of running a venture backed SaaS business. When I first started reading this book, I thought it was amazing. The first f...
  • Eetu
    Jul 07, 2018
    Because I have been involved in scene of SEO, Rand and Moz has been very familiar to me a long time already. I honestly like Rand and from my perspective he is one of the most influential thought leader in field of inbound/content marketing and SEO. I gave this book 4, but it was m...
  • Peter
    Apr 14, 2018
    Stimulating and valuable review of the development of an excellent seo company and the trials and tribulations of managing a team, raising money, satisfying investors and balancing personal life. Fishkin has good humor and true humility, and he is amazingly and unexpectedly frank on so...
  • Rocio
    Sep 16, 2018
    I?ve followed Rand Fishkin?s content and have used Moz in the companies I co-founded. His transparency and knowledge sharing is visible in all of that content, Moz?s software and now this book. This is a candid memoir of all things a founder goes through at a personal and profess...
  • Marshall
    Jun 07, 2018
    This is the most honest, authentic storytelling of startups from a CEO, it reveals the highs, lows, and their effects on the founders themselves and their family. In addition, this book provides some ?cheat codes? for anyone who is eager to start her own journey in startup. Seve...
  • Philip Joubert
    Oct 14, 2018
    Reading this book is like spending a day with Rand and having him tell you about his journey with Moz. It's a rare opportunity to dive into one founder's experience. What makes the book work is that Rand is super honest and talks openly about his successes, failures and the tough de...
  • Sarah Morton
    Oct 14, 2018
    I?m a start-up founder of a values led company so this was such a great read for me. I saw the author at a conference and his honesty, humility and ability to reach out to others really shone through. I particularly benefited from Rand writing so honesty about the difficulties of run...
  • Stefan Bruun
    Jun 26, 2018
    Similar concepts to "Anything you want" by Derek Sivers. An honest description of the journey from early idea to startup. Unfortunately, I think many of the lessons in this book can't be taught via books. The book highlights the softer parts of running a tech startup - parts that are...
  • John-daniel Trask
    Jul 26, 2018
    Rand does a great job of explaining how the modern Silicon Valley approach to building businesses should be approached only if you really know when you?re getting into ? something most young entrepreneurs do not critically think about and only realise too late. There?s also pl...
  • Alejandro Sanoja
    Jun 30, 2018
    If you are currently building a business, or doing any kind of Entrepreneurship effort, you MUST read this book! Rand Fishkin shares his REAL journey. Talks about the depression, the bad decisions, alcohol, drugs, layoffs, and many other aspect of life as an entrepreneur that not ma...
  • Avtar Ram Singh
    Sep 30, 2018
    As someone that's been familiar with the story of Moz and Rand for the last few years, Lost and Founder wasn't a surprise. It's exactly what I expected it to be: transparent, to the point, straight-forward and incredibly useful. The purpose of Lost and Founder is similar to what a numb...
  • Diego Gomes
    Jul 01, 2018
    Some interesting stories, just not ?my kind of book? I really admire Rand and Moz, and follow both for several years now. I love his transparency, but I tend to think he just sees stuff in a somewhat pessimistic way, most of the time. I also think the moment in which he wrote th...
  • Yuliana Oselska
    May 12, 2018
    Deeply impressed by transparency and honesty of Rand Fishkin, the Founder of Moz. In this book, he shares the true story of how he successfully started Moz and then at some point failed with its growth, why he recently left the company, and what he learnt during these 16 years. He turn...
  • Ganes Kesari
    Oct 28, 2018
    If you've read Rand's blogs, this is a longish version of his posts - witty, insightful and with some brazen confessions. His experiences from Moz and the journey through scaling and fundraising offer a different perspective of startups, one that's not discussed often. Though sligh...
  • Claire
    Jul 22, 2018
    You may not always personally agree with Rand or have made different decisions, but this book is refreshingly honest. There is a lot to be learned from this amount of transparency. Personally I applaud the focus on values and diversity. ...
  • David
    Aug 01, 2018
    Fishkin had some interesting perspectives that were worthwhile reading. More specifically, his view on the world of investments and VC:s was new to me. Although most of the chapters did not contain groundbreaking perspectives, they were still interesting because they were written from ...
  • Ryan Anderson
    May 24, 2018
    Very much enjoyed this book as Rand walked through his experience building Moz, raising funding, building new products, having to lay off employees, and everything else that goes in to starting a company. The storytelling is personal, but the advice he manages to weave in is useful for...
  • Jacob
    Jun 17, 2018
    As a Moz-client and follower since 2008, I've been following a lot of the ups and downs from external. The internal Memoires of its founder made the picture more holistically. Rand, known for his transparency, shares a lot of vital insights that help me in my career. I founded an o...
  • Tim Hughes
    Aug 22, 2018
    Rand, provides you with a very honest trip through his time as Founder, CEO and Individual Contributor (IC) at Moz. He talks you through the highs and lows as well as offering a number of other book recommendations. He talks about borrowing money from venture capital, growth hacking, M...
  • Ethan Hulbert
    Sep 03, 2018
    I finished this a while ago, just realized I hadn't reviewed it. I enjoyed Lost and Founder quite a bit. I do SEO and am very familiar with Moz and Rand already, and it was pretty interesting getting a view inside the company and the inner workings and processes from Rand's perspect...
  • Eva
    Sep 30, 2018
    I?m a big fan of Rand and his work and as such thoroughly enjoyed this book. It gives you a very in-depth look into his journey with Moz that I believe can be valuable if you?re planning on founding a startup. In true Rand fashion there is complete transparency in numbers, from...
  • Steve Weber
    Jun 13, 2018
    As an SEO, I?ve always looked up to Rand. I found this book to be both entertaining and insanely helpful. It was interesting to learn all of Rand?s tips and cheat codes related to SEO and entrepreneurship. There is a lot of brutally honest introspective content in here. It seemed t...
  • Zhou Mi
    Jul 22, 2018
    Thanks rand. Its the first time i read some book that the founder can openly shared the failure and depression stories. There's so many books and online blogs focusing on the miracles and success startup legends. Yet there's only a few who willing to share the other side. I appreci...
  • Laura Simis
    Nov 05, 2018
    I have absolutely no desire to found a company, nor to someday be the CEO of an established one - but this was still a really compelling look at some of the decisions leaders face during a growth face. It felt like reading about my own workplace at times (helping me better apprecia...
  • David
    Oct 29, 2018
    A very honest story and enlightening. A bit of a bleak view on his situation. But a good contrast to the great amazing view that is always presented by other successful startups. ...