Amsterdam, Netherlands (PRESS RELEASE – December 11, 2010) – Management consultant Cees J. Quirijns discovers the dos and don’ts for starting a business in his book Startup Best Practices: Conversations with Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs and shares his insights in a free e-book that is available for download and is distributed via EFactor; the largest global online community for entrepreneurs.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration Office, less than half of new employer establishments survive 5 years or more. Despite these statistics, starting one’s own business continues to be popular; in the U.S., approximately 600,000 businesses open shop each year.
This was yet another reason for management consultant Cees J. Quirijns to go in search of the critical success factors of startups in the one true bastion of entrepreneurship: Silicon Valley. Quirijns: “The Bay Area has produced a gigantic number of entrepreneurial tribulations and successes over the past decades, so in order to discover startup best practices; Silicon Valley is the best place to start.”
The book contains interviews with 15 entrepreneurs, most of whom have started and sold companies, not just once, but several times. Quirijns: “These serial entrepreneurs, such as Naeem Zafar and Eileen Gittins, have a wealth of experience. By sharing this experience in my book, they help newbie entrepreneurs focus on the essential issues. Such best practices are not often documented. I wanted to change that.”
Startup Best Practices contains practical recommendations in business fields such as marketing and sales, management and organization, and finance. Quirijns: “The importance of being passionate, customer centric, and having an excellent team in place, is seen as essential by many of the interviewees. The value of this book does not lie only in the commonalities, but even more so in the individual eye-openers that these successful entrepreneurs so gracefully share. Examples are the critical role one’s spouse plays and the necessity to keep knocking on doors.”
Co-founder and CEO of EFactor, Adrie Reinders comments: “We are very pleased to provide our members, and other entrepreneurs, with this pearl of entrepreneurial wisdom. We invite everyone to visit our site and download the book. Membership of EFactor is of course free as well”.
About the author
Cees Quirijns is Founder and CEO of Quirijns Company, a management&consulting firm that assists entrepreneurs in achieving their goals in the fields of strategy, organization, operations, finance and investments. Cees holds a Master of Science degree in Business Administration from the Free University of Amsterdam and has vast experience and expertise in economic research, investment banking, and advisory to entrepreneurs, having worked for leading institutions in The Netherlands.
EFactor is a social network consisting of a vibrant global community of entrepreneurs that provides its members with the people, the tools, and the expertise to succeed. EFactor offers a unique mix of online and offline events and meeting places around the world to make real and lasting connections, acquire knowledge, generate business, find financing, and save cost. EFactor is incorporated and headquartered in San Francisco,U.S.A.