Lost and Founder by Rand Fishkin

Lost and Founder

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 doubters, overcomes all odds, makes billions, and becomes the envy of the technolo...


Details Lost and Founder

TitleLost and Founder
ISBN9780735213326
Author
Release DateApr 24th, 2018
PublisherPortfolio
GenreBusiness, Entrepreneurship, Nonfiction
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Reviews Lost and Founder

  • Ahmad Abugosh
    1970-01-01
    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 few chapters of this book reminded me of the type of radical honesty and insight of something written by Derek Sivers. I really enjoyed how Rand shared his story, gave h...
  • Stefan Bruun
    1970-01-01
    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 usually ignored as they fall behind more urgent tasks. I, for one, wouldn't have got to the realization of the importance of these elements, had I not experienced th...
  • Yuliana Oselska
    1970-01-01
    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 turned down the $25 million acquisition offer from HubSpot and is not afraid to publicly regret this. What’s most important he analyses all the details and outcomes o...
  • Vasco
    1970-01-01
    The bad: Although fair and raw and truthful, Fishkin’s book is at points riddled with hate and distrust of certain figures in the startup scene “just because”. We get the feeling there’s a deeper story there, but we just read insults and the towards these figures without justification. Even if truthful, I believe every accusation should include ones version of the story. It’s the least you can do.The good: A refreshing book with a raw a...
  • Andra
    1970-01-01
    Deeply thankful - this is how I feel for this book, for Rand's incredible effort to write it and for the lessons it shares with disarming honesty. It's a rare opportunity to be able to learn so much of what goes into difficult decisions the people we admire make. This book is exactly this opportunity, delivered with grace, sincerity, and incredible self-awareness. It inspired me to reflect on important issues, both professional and personal. It g...
  • Andrus
    1970-01-01
    The stories in this book are worth 5 or 6 stars. Very well told and candid, and they touch topics that are not often visited in tech/business/startup literature. A true peek behind the scenes and good business lessons told and learned. But at times Rand shares general if not basic information about the way certain parts of tech companies work, and these bits really slowed the book down for me. So it’s a 4-star review but I still recommend to re...
  • Laura Simis
    1970-01-01
    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 appreciate what we're doing right AND making me feel a little more empathetic to decision makers about the things we haven't quite nailed.
  • Rocio
    1970-01-01
    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 professional level. Highly recommended read.
  • Diego Gomes
    1970-01-01
    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 the book left a “unfinished tale” taste in it. Anyway, I’ll buy the next one. #gomoz #gosparktoro
  • Claire
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Kaspars Purmalietis
    1970-01-01
    A unique and fresh take on building startups by Rand Fishkin, CEO & Co-Founder of SEOmoz. Honest, funny and more down to earth and closer to what an average successful start-up journey looks like - his company is a very successful business, but it's not Facebook or Google.Enjoyed it a lot.
  • David
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Etienne Garbugli
    1970-01-01
    Probably the best book to understand how startups *really* work.
  • Nicolas
    1970-01-01
    Really great insight about entrepreneurship, particularly about fundings, with a great transparency about the available funding paths.
  • Philip Joubert
    1970-01-01
    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 decisions he had to make.Don't mistake the 5-star review for an endorsement of Rand's views. I disagree with a lot of what Rand thinks. The guy seems pretty damn sour abo...
  • Misty
    1970-01-01
    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 is the CEO of a startup, and I wanted to understand what he’s gone through. And I read some article or blog post about Rand’s depression, and I appreciated the ...
  • Zhou Mi
    1970-01-01
    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 appreciate the honesty from rand. There's so many hot conceptslike lean startup, j curve, mvp, esop incentives are widely shared in the startup environment. Yet no one had sha...
  • Jurgen Appelo
    1970-01-01
    Refreshingly honest and inspiring.
  • Marshall
    1970-01-01
    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. Several “cheat codes” I’ve learned by reading this book:1. Naming of a company matters. Having a general name without any association (e.g. Amazon, Spotify) works bet...
  • Mike Hernalsteen
    1970-01-01
    I’ve been a user of Rand’s products (Moz) since 2007, and was delighted to read his book about his experiences running a company, arguably the most popular company, in the world of SEO. I currently work in a startup environment (company is 10 years old but is presently entirely boot strapped) so seeing the parallels that we are currently facing versus what he faced was like talking with someone who has already been there before. In this book ...
  • Alejandro I Sanoja
    1970-01-01
    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 many other people talk about. Also, he is sharing this WHILE it is happening. Most people wait until they are on a safe spot, until the mistakes are waaaaay behind them t...
  • Avtar Ram Singh
    1970-01-01
    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 number of other entrepreneurs and Silicon Valley success stories (like DHH) are trying to push, which is that startups don't have to be crazy, massively funded, chaotic...
  • Jesus
    1970-01-01
    Es un buen libro, habla acerca de los retos a los que se enfrenta una startup desde el inicio cuando está buscando su product-market fit hasta que busca crecimiento. También habla de como todos tenemos expectativas "holiwoodescas" en la manera en la que vemos (O nos venden) el mundo del emprendimiento, empresas como Facebook, Google, Uber, Apple etc. son super escasas y los libros y medios nos las hacen ver como lo normal, entonces nos frustram...
  • David
    1970-01-01
    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 Fishkin's perspective based on his time at Moz.Furthermore, when I purchased the book, I was expecting the book to be more of a tale of his time at Moz. While the b...
  • Eva
    1970-01-01
    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 company revenues to even his own income and financial situation. A breath of fresh air in the industry, and details you won’t read anywhere else! I think it will be ...
  • Tihana
    1970-01-01
    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 did and did not do for MOZ and some of the long-term consequences that totally get lost in this "move fast and break things" culture. He tells a story about company ...
  • Ope Bukola
    1970-01-01
    An extremely authentic, sometimes uncomfortably so, look at the experience of starting a tech startup. Rand shares many great tips, but perhaps the overarching lesson of the book is for founders to know thyself. Rand has strong opinions on many of the typical founder challenges: to bootstrap vs. take VC, how to recruit technical leaders, why/how of company values, etc. But what makes this book different and special is the amount of time he spends...
  • Ethan Hulbert
    1970-01-01
    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 perspective. I didn't always agree with his actions, but understood his rationale and really loved the transparency. It was honest and open and real, much more than most busine...
  • Janine
    1970-01-01
    The story of running a startup isn't always celebrating wins and big money raises. Sometimes it's ugly - failures and fallouts. Rand shares his stories of running Moz in this humble and transparent business memoir. For me, there were so many pieces of this story that were extremely relatable and took me back to those high-level finance meetings and intimidating investor pitches. I enjoyed hearing about the highs and lows and knowing that I'm not ...
  • Justohidalgo
    1970-01-01
    I have followed Rand Fishkin for years and I have always admired his candidness. His depression, his thoughts about SEO and the like... he has always brought an amazing level of transparency. This book is one of the best I have ever read about real, raw entrepreneurship. Forget about the Silicon-Valley-TV-series approach to building a startup, welcome to a real world. From a company with millions of dollars in investment that, however, is still f...