Book Recommendation – $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau

by Chandoo on May 10, 2012 · 2 comments

in Books & Resources for Startups

I am not sure how to pronounce Chris Guillebeau’s name. So when I make a reference to his work, I always say Chris 😛

But that is not going to stop me from recommending his recent book – $100 start-up.

There are 3 reasons why I love his book:

  1. It talks about creating a small, meaningful startup in a step-by-step fashion
  2. It features my story too!
  3. I like to have 3 reasons 😉

On a more serious note,

What is $100 Startup book?

In $100 startup, Chris shares the stories of more than 50 successful entrepreneurs who started with very low capital (often less than $100) and have been able to create a meaningful company. But he laces all these stories with lots of practical tips, ideas & puts them in a framework so that you can learn how to start your own business with low capital & grow it.

The book exposes to ideas that both Chris & several others featured in it practice to win markets & customers. Just after reading the first few pages, I got some excellent ideas for new products & ways to present them to my customers. It also inspired me to focus on right things.

Who should get this?

If you run a start-up or have plans to create your own destiny, this book is for you.

Also, if you are running on the corporate tread-mill & wondering if there is any way out, this book can inspire you.

Click here to purchase the book from Amazon.


A few disclaimers.

  1. Chris interviewed me for his book & featured my story too (on page 32).
  2. Chris sent me a copy of the book so that I can share my comments with him.
  3. Amazon pays me a few cents if you purchase the book from the link above.


I would have bought, read & recommended this book, even if none of the above 3 happened. Because I like Chris’ work, have been reading his blog for last 4 years & have his other book too – the art of non-conformity. So go ahead and enjoy the $100 start-up, because I want you to be inspired & educated.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Raj May 17, 2012 at 3:49 am

Hi Chandoo,
He also spoke about you in this interview. It is right at the end. I thought you would enjoy this. I like how Chris talks about convergence in this interview. I haven't read the book yet but planning to buy it soon.
Congrats on your success!


Hari August 24, 2012 at 2:34 am

Mr. Chandoo, I did read this book and it is very motivating. The idea of starting up in $100 or less is the most inspiring. People have a very wrong notion that you need to have loads of money to start up, but this book beats the odd's.

Also, I was very impressed with your work when I read your story and also felt happy that an Indian story also came up 🙂

On a lighter note, I would have been happy if you would have given the link to buy the Book to FlipKart or any Indian based store rather than the American store 🙂 Let us help fellow Indian Startup's.


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