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Book Review: Everything Started as Nothing by Bhaskar Majumdar

As far as I know startup wisdom is not available easily and right since 2010, startup ecosystem in India has seen tremendous entries. But little did many know that not even 1 percent startups were successful. There could be many reasons behind success and failure. But even today, winning a startup battle is something a herculean tasks. So, what goes in the startup battle? I think no one can tell better than the person from a venture capital field. Yes, I am talking about the author of the book Bhaskar Majumdar. He has written the book (Everything Started as Nothing) to guide new and struggling entrepreneurs.


The book is full of wisdom from his personal life, the companies he initiated, funds he made for other startup guys, and much more. He literally puts the cases studies of many Indian and abroad startup persons in the book. It is head on concepts like types of funding, hiring, life after funding, how to chose a cofounder or CEO, what goes in the spirit of startup, and how to exit, along with many successful and failure stints.

The book is a total wisdom. If you are enthusiastic about startup, well then go nowhere read this book twice. There are hundreds of quotes from the real entrepreneurs; I liked how he got the exact wording of many lesser-known to famous startup entrepreneurs. The author is a serial entrepreneur and investor when in India dotcom was hardly available. His rich expertise comes from his work experience in the UK.

In the business class, this book is simply amazing. I bet you cannot get so many insights from just one book. The book is not a technical one, it teaches many human aspects that need to scale up a business. For instance, he is of the opinion that business may fail but if there is a good spirit, one can rise once again. He provides valuable information as how young entrepreneurs lose balance of everything when they get their first funding. First funding is not everything, it is not a destination. One should be able to solve the problems via the startup service or product. The book is abundant with real-life examples like of Redbus, Eggoz, Bigbasket, Flipkart, Steve Jobs and so on.

He has delivered the book in perfect steps, giving the optimum information in short chapters. Just 172 pages on Kindle, and it looks like as I traversed an ocean of knowledge on entrepreneurship. He is an amazing guy. I consider blogging a sort of micro startup – thus I felt motivated after reading the book and got many positive insights like keep pace up with the time and technology and be passionate about the work. In fact, there have been startups that sprung from hobby things.

But let me put this straight, this book is not meant for all. It has its own segment of readers. It is a purely business-teaching book. I firmly believe if you are set to be an entrepreneur, you need to read the works of industry leaders.

Buy from Amazon.


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