Anyone can start a business. But only leaders can succeed.

Very few entrepreneurs know how to outflank the failures that await them at every turn, including the most painful—being abandoned by key members of their team just as their business starts to generate real value. Derek Lidow — CEO, innovator, and entrepreneur — is on a mission to change these outcomes. Startup Leadership demonstrates how founders can adopt the skills that are required at each stage of their journey.



Startup Leadership demonstrates how founders can adopt the skills that are required at each stage of their journey.

Whether you are at the idea stage or managing a more mature enterprise, you can start to recognize the fundamental conflict: how to balance your selfish drives with the more selfless leadership required by the organization at any given time.

The book shows you how to achieve this balance by:

  • Assessing your unique motivations, traits, and skills
  • Creating a personal leadership strategy that leverages your strengths and mitigates your weaknesses
  • Mastering how to lead teams, including boards
  • Understanding the five prerequisites for driving change
  • Taking control of your inevitable crises, thereby strengthening your team and your leadership
With Lidow's help, you will learn how to become the startup leader your business needs, and you'll move forward with your plans with greater confidence and success.

Startup Leadership is now available for free as an audiobook with an Audible free trial. 


"Derek Lidow is right—entrepreneurs, not mere ideas, lead companies to their full potential. I recommend this book for every founder—regardless of your stage—because Lidow's invaluable insights, personal leadership strategies, and framework will help you improve the trajectory of your success."

Rich Karlgaard, Publisher, Forbes Magazine; Board Director; Investor; Entrepreneur; and Author, 'The Soft Edge'


Finally, an easy-to-read and digestible blueprint for entrepreneurs that will empower them to build and lead sustainable enterprises.  Lidow encapsulates years of trial and error and teaches what’s required for successful entrepreneurship with a clear methodology.

Jeanne Gray,  Founder and CEO, AmericanEntrepreneurship.com


This is not another book on how to build a successful startup. Lidow demystifies relationship building, negotiation, and vision creation with clarity and balance.  He shows what it takes to become a more confident leader who builds startups with less risk and better outcomes. Your transformation into a better-equipped entrepreneurial leader begins now.

Natasha Gajewski, Founder and CEO, Simple Health Inc.


The entrepreneur's journey is often misunderstood as an idea coming to life. In fact, it is entrepreneurs themselves who must learn to create and lead an organization. Startup Leadership provides aspiring and experienced entrepreneurs powerful tools to grow as leaders.

— Brian O’Kelley, Founder and CEO of AppNexus and serial entrepreneur


Derek Lidow is one of the few New York Stock Exchange CEOs who left to start new companies from scratch―with unequivocal success. Derek was CEO of International Rectifier, a $2 billion publicly held semiconductor company, before leaving to found iSuppli, a leading market research firm, which he sold for $100 million in 2010 to the global information leader IHS. Today, Derek is giving back by teaching entrepreneurship at Princeton University. He is also the bestselling author of two books: Startup Leadership: How Savvy Entrepreneurs Turn Their Ideas Into Successful Enterprises (2014) and Building on Bedrock: What Sam Walton, Walt Disney, and Other Great Self-Made Entrepreneurs Can Teach Us About Building Valuable Companies (2018).


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