New Book: Brad Feld’s Burning Entrepreneur – How to Launch, Fund, and Set Your Start-Up On Fire!

Inspired by my friend @FAKEGRIMLOCK, I’ve launched a new self-published book with the gang at Hyperink. It’s titled Beyond The Blog: Brad Feld’s Burning Entrepreneur – How to Launch, Fund, and Set Your Start-Up On Fire! and available digitally on AmazonBarnes & Noble, and Hyperink.

For the next 48 hours, you can buy it for $2.99 from Hyperink. After that it’ll go to it’s normal price of $4.95. But, in either case you’ll get six copies for the price of one as with each purchase you get to gift five copies to any friend you want. If you are interested in my writing, I encourage you to buy a copy, give five copies to friends, and tell me what you think of it.

This is an experiment in self-publishing. Part of the way I learn is to just try stuff, see how it works, measure the results, get feedback, and iterate. I have a good understanding of how the traditional publishing industry works now that I’ve done two books with Wiley (Do More Faster and Venture Deals) and I thought working with Hyperink would be a great way to learn more about self-publishing. They approached me, told me they wanted to do an ebook based on a bunch of blog posts I’d written, and asked if I was interested. They reminded me recently that my reply was “Totally game to play – tell me what I need to do.” They hired an editor Jason Karpf who did an excellent job of curating a bunch of posts, organizing them into a coherent book, editing them so they all worked together, and putting it together in a clean, extremely readable format.

When I got the first draft and read through it, I was really psyched with which posts they had built the book around. While you can obviously find all the original posts on the web, seeing some of the best posts I’ve written about entrepreneurship organized in a cogent fashion was very satisfying. But I’ll leave it up to you to decide if it’s any good or not.

The outline of the book is on the Hyperink site. Grab a copy (or six) and tell me what you think. Feedback welcome!

  • Ravi Trivedi

    Thanks. Amazon has the book at $4.95. Is there a promocode that can be used.

    • Kevin Gao

      Hi Ravi – there is no promo code for Amazon, although if you purchase it directly from Hyperink.com, we offer PDF, epub, and mobi formats. Let us know if you have any other questions!

    • http://www.feld.com bfeld

      Trying to get that fixed now. 

  • http://www.loupaglia.com/correlate loupaglia

    Brad:  Want to grab a copy on the Kindle but it is 4.95.  Is the special 2.99 with gifting to others only if purchased on Hyperink?  Congrats on the launch!

    • Kevin Gao

      Hi Lou! The special $2.99 is only available on Hyperink.com for the next 48 hours, but the gifting option is available on all channels. We think that great books should be shared with as many people as possible – and thus far it’s had great results. Would love to hear what you think!

      • http://www.loupaglia.com/correlate loupaglia

        Thanks Kevin for the response.  Just purchased on Hyperink.  How do you do the gift to others?

        • Michael Karpeles

          Hi Lou, if you download the book, you should see a page with a link to share the book with 5 friends. This link will bring you to a webpage where you can enter in their email addresses. Hope you enjoy the book!

  • Sharif

    Coming to Audible soon?

    • http://www.feld.com bfeld

      Ooh – that’s a fun idea. Maybe I’ll do the audio.

      • http://byJess.net/ Jess Bachman

        nah, have @fakegrimlock:twitter do the audio.  BE ON FIRE.

  • http://www.cognation.net deancollins

    @bfeld Just purchased through HyperInk – lol yours must be better than @FredWilson ‘s book as his is free and yours is $2.99 :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1265350918 Gregg Cochran

    Awesome!  Thanks Brad.  Buying now.  

  • Knjigovodstvo Incom

    Thanks, man. This book will be useful for running my camera lenses website.

  • http://twitter.com/dariusvasefi darius vasefi

    Just ordered, looking forward to reading it.

  • Jeff Rinvelt

    Is the $2.99 price only at hyperink?

    • Kevin Gao

      Hi Jeff! The $2.99 price is only at Hyperink for the next 48 hours (or through EOD Thursday). The book is also available on Amazon Kindle and B&N Nook, and it’s at $4.95 (regular price). Thanks and let us know if you have any other questions. We’re very excited to do this with Brad!

  • http://startupcfo.ca/ Mark MacLeod

    Thanks Brad. Would love to get your post mortem on self vs. publisher once some time has passed. I am debating between the two myself at the moment.

    And BTW, just downloaded.

    You’re a machine. How do you find the time?

    • http://www.feld.com bfeld

      I’ll definitely do a post mortem at some point.

      Re: Time – I just work hard, and a lot! And I have no kids.

  • http://petegrif.tumblr.com/ Pete Griffiths

    Looking forward to it. As long as it doesn’t recommend me running 50 miles.

    • http://www.feld.com bfeld

      Hah – no, that’s not part of being on fire.

  • http://www.f2f2s.com/ Ryan Anderson

    Great stuff! Do I have to gift the 5 copies right now or can I hold out to see which of my friends want to read it?

    • http://www.feld.com bfeld

      I think you can gift them whenever you want.

  • Ricardo Diz

    That’s truly impressive. I just recently read your “venture deals” book, and loved it. How do you find to do all this?!

    Looking forward to reading this one too. Thanks for writing.

    • http://www.feld.com bfeld

      Glad you liked Venture Deals. Hopefully you’ll like this one.

  • http://www.digitalkeydesign.com/ Digital Key Design

    Looks Great!

  • Joji Thumma

    Awesome book.. I read few pages and might complete it tonight :). Good work

  • http://engag.io/ William Mougayar

    Congrats Brad and to the Grim @fakegrimlock for setting you on FIRE.
    I just bought the 500 books package. Go BIG or Go home!
    Now, I’ve got to find the time to read the 500 books.

    When is the Community one coming out? I have some war stories for you if you’d like.

    • http://www.feld.com bfeld

      Startup Communities is in progress – should be published in September. Email me anytime with any thoughts.

      • http://petegrif.tumblr.com/ Pete Griffiths

        Startup Communities promises to be a big deal. Are you planning on posting updates to the contents as it evolves?

  • http://twitter.com/AreUEnt Alex Prushynskyy

    Bought it! 

  • http://about.me/adriansanders Adrian Sanders

    Congrats Brad. Love that you’re always trying new stuff out. Going to grab a copy and hand a few out!

  • http://www.brucecat.com/ Bruce Cat

    I didn’t see the link to where I can send the book to 5 of my friends. I bought it via Hyperlink

    • http://twitter.com/UniqueVisitor Jeff Pester

      Page 96 :)

  • http://twitter.com/UniqueVisitor Jeff Pester

    Thanks Brad, just downloaded it, looking forward to reading it tonight. 

    Anything that starts with advice from @FAKEGRIMLOCK cannot, by definition, suck :)

  • http://twitter.com/StonlyBaptiste Stonly Baptiste

    I’ve been anticipating the book since you told us about it in Miami. Thanks for delivering. Im reading it tonight. 

  • CopyPastaa

    Looks great Brad, going to read it over the Weekend. I just don’t know where you find the time to write all this… 

  • Dael

    Looks great and I’ve just bought it. Will have some reading to do this holiday (it is still Passover people). Thanks Brad.

  • mcd78

    Just bought the book on Hyperink, but didn’t any place where I could send it to 5 friends.  Is there a way I can do it from my account?

    • http://www.feld.com bfeld

      It should be on the last page.

  • http://twitter.com/CrowdEquality CrowdEquality

    Looks great, can’t wait to read it. Love the self-publishing experiment, too… would be interested in outcome. 

  • http://twitter.com/kreighwilliams Kreigh Williams

    if I buy it off hyperlink can I put it in any format I choose? and when I share it can I share it in any format? Thanks for the help

    • http://byJess.net/ Jess Bachman

      its available in pdf, epub, and mobi

    • http://www.feld.com bfeld

      You should be able to.

  • http://byJess.net/ Jess Bachman

    Awesome Brad.  I’m a big fan of hyperink. I have the 500 book deal too, and have devoured about a dozen quicklets.  They do a decent job.  I have a limit time and capacity for full books and the quicklets can let me know if i actually want to read the whole thing. wow, i sound like an ad, ok, well good luck with it.

    • Kevin Gao

      Thanks so much, Jess! Would love to hear how we can make things better. Email me anytime

  • http://en-gb.facebook.com/people/Nic-Brisbourne/608641437 Nic Brisbourne

    Hi Brad – I tried to buy your book on Hyperink from here in the UK and they did something that caused my bank to put a block on my debit card for suspected fraud. No biggie, but thought you’d like to know.

    Will pick it up from Amazon later.

    cheers,
    N

    • Kevin Gao

      Hi Nic – I’m very sorry to hear that happened. Occasionally we’ve seen that issue occur with a foreign transaction via our payment processor. If you email me directly, I’d be happy to send you a review copy for your feedback and I can also get more details from you to see how we can resolve it. Thanks and sorry for the hassle.

  • http://about.me/johnrevay John Revay

    Hi Brad
    Good luck w book launch I will put it on my reading list

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  • http://www.defectron.com/ Raul Mihali

    47 comments but just 16 likes on the book site.. I contributed mine so 17. You should promote this a bit “louder”?, people need this info. Jon Stewart any chance? Hopefully comes your way organically because of value.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1079033093 Brian Lomeland

    Bought and gifted. Thanks!

  • http://www.zoomis.com/ Daman Bahner

    Just grabbed it, looking forward to reading this evening – congratulations!

  • Grant Carlile

    Bread – When is your book on building a startup community coming out? Bloomtech is doing so and we would either like to read it or collaborate with insights : )

    • http://www.feld.com bfeld

      It’ll be out in September.

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