"Helps you think like a start-up CEO, owner, and become a better executive"
"Mandatory reading for all our employees"
“This book is everything a start-up CEO wants their team to know. I’ve had the unique experience of seeing the intricacies of the CEO-to-executive relationship from both sides and its effect on company success. Dan Slagen’s behind the scenes perspective yields a competitive advantage for executive teams through insights and how-to advice.”
- Mike Volpe, CEO of Lola and former CMO of HubSpot
“Everything you wrote in the book applies to all levels of managers and teams. I recognized it all in managing teams of 10, 50 and 250+. Teams and groups within bigger companies operate with the same needs, hierarchically structures, politics and entrepreneurial spirit. It was an enjoyable read and is relevant to a far wider audience.”
- Graham Douglass, Senior Cloud Sales Leader at Oracle
"Our team at WindFall Data just had Dan Slagen present to the company on his book: Understanding Start-Up CEOs. We send this book to every new hire and while the book is helpful for CEO direct reports, its applicable to all employees! Highly recommend!"
- Arup Banerjee, CEO and Co-Founder at WindFall Data
"Dan Slagen nails the biggest misconceptions about start-ups on page 1 of his book “Understanding Start-Up CEOs.” I’ve spent more time qualifying candidates in interviews on whether they really understand this than their previous work experience."
- Scott Noll, CRO at Smartcat
"Love this concept of inverting how folks usually write leadership books (for the leader). This is brilliant and trust it'll be helpful to many people!"
- Blake Bartlet, Product-Led VC at OpenView Partners
"You have a timely first-person perspective."
- Matt Johnston, General Manager at Acquia
"Excellent book. This is a great reference not just for start-ups, but also for groups in large companies building new products. I recommend it for anyone looking to make a big impact on their company’s success."
- Jeff Shepard, Senior Director of Development at Oracle
"Wish I had this book years ago."
- Arjun Moorthy, CEO and co-founder of The Factual
“Understanding Start-Up CEOs covers a topic that is rarely, if ever, discussed in business. Dan Slagen’s book offers actionable guidance on how to effectively manage your relationship with your CEO, manage your communication style, and manage yourself. This is a must-read for anyone working for a start-up, considering joining one, or looking to learn more about the industry.”
- Kristen Craft, General Manager at Tortuga
“Every single startup employee should read this book. More importantly, every start-up CEO should read this and reflect on why the world so desperately needed such a book to be written and how that knowledge should guide their own personal growth.”
- Sam Mallikarjunan, Chief Revenue Officer at Flock