Lost and Founder

The Mostly Awful, Sometimes Awesome Truth about Building a Tech Startup

Ranked #13 in SEO, Ranked #100 in Startup

Rand Fishkin, the founder and former CEO of Moz, reveals how traditional Silicon Valley "wisdom" leads far too many startups astray, with the transparency and humor that his hundreds of thousands of blog readers have come to love.

Everyone knows how a startup story is supposed to go: A young, brilliant entrepreneur has an cool idea, drops out of college, defies the doubters, overcomes all odds, makes billions, and becomes the envy of the technology world.

This is not that story.

It's not that things went badly for Rand Fishkin; they just...

Reviews and Recommendations

We've comprehensively compiled reviews of Lost and Founder from the world's leading experts.

Nir Eyal Author/HookedYou won't find a more honest, raw, and helpful look into the trenches of founding a tech startup than this book. Rand Fishkin shares the rare hard-won insight no one else dares tell you. (Source)

Seth Godin Author, Marketer, EntrepreneurRand Fishkin is the real deal. This book is an honest, generous and useful look at what actually happens when you build a company, including the downs as well as the ups... I wish I had read it thirty years ago. (Source)

Chris Guillebeau This is a truly courageous book. It's one part business-building guide and two parts Indiana Jones-style adventure memoir. And if you've ever wondered if the 'timeless wisdom' you often hear about startups is bullsh*t, here's the proof. (Source)

Trevor Sumner “When your in debt to the truth, the interest rates sucks.” A profoundly true #startup #CEO quote from @randfish’s great book Lost and Founder. Worth every penny. https://t.co/K6EW9cl9yB (Source)

Julie Zhou Rand Fishkin is like the industry friend we all wish we had - funny, warm, and refreshingly honest about the rollercoaster ride that is founding your own company. (Source)

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