This post has been incorporated into my recently published ebook, "The Survival Guide for 'Slow Start' Entrepreneurs". In this short book (50+ papes), I summarized my twenty years experience in high-tech startups, based on my two companies, one VC-funded and one self-funded.
As one reviewer puts it ... "A humble immigrant from Macau comes to the U.S. and earns his doctorate in engineering at a prestigious university. Frustrated by the politics of academia, he sets out to free his inner entrepreneur. After a solid start, he is fired by the board of his first start-up. Realizing he is basically unemployable in a traditional job, he picks himself up, dusts himself off, and sets out to learn from his mistakes and start another company. The second attempt is a huge success; he cashes out and retires before his 50th birthday.
Denny tells the story of his failure, the lessons learned, and how they enabled him to ultimately succeed. A thoughtful, sensitive historian with a flair for reading people, he weaves an entertaining tale of VC's, technologists, money and power. Through it all, he never loses sight of the distinction between lifestyle and life."
You can purchase this eBook from Amazon.com for 99 cents.