There are thousands of books out there that tell us about all kinds of successful and inspiring companies, and why they are successful.
But what about promising companies that failed in the first two years, and why they failed?
Do you have recommendations on good books dedicated to failures?
While you wait for the book here are some reaousrces you might like:
From Paul Graham one of the co-founders of Y-Combinator there is this great essay: The 18 mistakes that kill a Start-up.
I have this essay by Steve Spalding bookmarked since 2007 and reference it a lot: How to ensure your start-up will fail.
The classic book on a software failure is the one done about Netscape. "Competing on Internet Time" is an amazing inside look at why Netscape failed in its battle with Microsoft.
I tremendously enjoyed this book and learned a lot about what can be done wrong from it.
How about "In Search of Stupidity: Over Twenty Years of High Tech Marketing Disasters" Is on Joels 'product manager reading list' I believe - basic premise is that nearly all hi-tech/software companies fail because they do something very very stupid. If you look at Microsoft they have a lot of head slapping moments, but have done nothing catastrophically stupid.
The movie Startup.com has some good insights about reasons businesses fail too. I highly recommend this documentary.
Check these books out :
The most important is just follow your heart. Get Things Done!
Two books that I really enjoyed reading are
Boo Hoo and dot.bomb
f&*cked company? it started as a blog then became a book I believe
I read this book a few years ago and learned so much from it. It's a great read!