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Dear Founder: Letters of Advice for Anyone Who Leads, Manages, or Wants to Start a Business

“Well-aimed advice will undoubtedly prove a valuable asset for many a future founder during the building and growth of a new organization.” – Publishers Weekly

“Dear Founder is going to be a ‘must have,’ not only for anyone thinking of or contemplating a startup, but it will also serve as an extraordinary resource for leaders and managers in every sector of industry.” – Howard Schultz, former executive chairman and CEO, Starbucks Corporation

More than 600,000 new businesses are launched each year. How can a start-up find the funding it needs to survive? When, if at all, should a company go public? How does an entrepreneur build and manage a workplace―and create a lasting legacy?

Maynard Webb has helped found, fund, and grow dozens of successful companies, and has driven strategic change at Salesforce, eBay, Everwise, and Visa, among other worldwide corporations. Known for offering savvy insight, encouragement, and a dose of reality in the form of engaging personal letters to a select group of business leaders, Webb now shares his lessons with the rest of America’s aspiring entrepreneurs―at any age and stage in their careers―in Dear Founder.

Featuring more than eighty inspiring, informative, and instructive letters, Dear Founder is rich with sound advice on an array of business topics, from turning your idea into a reality to building a culture, to reaching key financial goals. This book is an indispensable guide to navigating the realities, risks, and rewards of being your own boss―and founding the company of your dreams.

What people are saying about Dear Founder:

“With Dear Founder, everyone has access to Maynard’s wisdom and advice. This book should be bedside reading for anyone running a company today.”—Meg Whitman, CEO, NewTV, Former CEO, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, eBay

“Dear Founder is an indispensable handbook for entrepreneurs at every stage of their journey.”—Marc Benioff, Chairman & CEO, Salesforce

“The insightful, empathetic and practical wisdom in this book mirrors the breakthrough ideas one would receive when sitting face-to-face with a trusted mentor. It is a must-read for any business leader.”—Brad D. Smith, Chairman & CEO, Intuit

“In Dear Founder, Maynard Webb shares the gift of his incredible experience…Dear Founder is a playbook to help you plan and it is a resource that you can refer back to as you run into new situations along the journey of leading your company.”—Alfred F. Kelly Jr., CEO, Visa

“Maynard Webb always gets the big picture of what it takes to be successful―he goes where there is disruption, sees opportunity, and sparks tremendous growth and success.”—Jerry Yang, cofounder, former CEO, Yahoo!

“I wish I had this book when I got started at Sun Microsystems. Now working on some very important startups, my four sons. This will be on the top of their reading list―as it should be for every budding economic superstar contributing to the private sector.”—Scott McNealy, cofounder, Chairman, Wayin, cofounder Sun Microsystem

“In Dear Founder, Maynard Webb reminds us we’re not born an entrepreneur; we learn to be one. Being an entrepreneur is not only about starting a company; it’s a state of mind.”—Beth Axelrod, Head of Global Employee Experience, Airbnb

“I’m lucky enough to be one of the founders who can call Maynard Webb a mentor and advisor. Dear Founder perfectly captures Maynard’s wisdom as he guides you every step of the way along the entrepreneur’s journey.”—Tien Tzuo, CEO, Zuora and bestselling author of Subscribed

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