Brad Feld

Back to Blog

My Start-Up Life Ships

May 21, 2007
Category Books

Over the last few years Amy and I have become close friends with Ben Casnocha.  We adore the guy.  Ben started his first company – Comcate – at age 14.  As of today (age 19), he’s now a published author as his first book – My Start-Up Life: What a (Very) Young CEO Learned on His Journey Through Silicon Valley – is officially available. 

As an early reader / reviewer of the book, I highly recommend it.  The story is oriented around Ben’s experiences as a teenager trying to deal with the pressures of both teenage and adult “business / entrepreneurship” life simultaneously.  He does a magnificent job of articulating the characteristics of a startup without being preachy and weaves in a number of vignettes from experienced friends and colleagues.  It is simultaneously personal, educational, and emotionally deep.

If you are an aspiring (or existing) entrepreneur, My Start-Up Life is required reading.  If you are a TechStars entrepreneur, Ben will be out in Boulder in June – pick up a copy so you can pepper him with questions

In addition to recommending that you buy the book right now, Ben and I are going to do a giveaway on this blog of an autographed copy of the book to the commenter who has the best haiku with the word “start-up” in it.  Join in the fun – now!