• Accelerate This!

  • A Super Not Boring Guide to Startup Accelerators and Clean Energy Entrepreneurship
  • By: Ryan Kushner
  • Narrated by: Brandon Bujnowski
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • 3.6 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

So, what is an accelerator? And should you do one to grow your business? What's an accelerator versus an incubator? How do you find a good one, get in, and make the most of it? If you're running a program, how can you do that more effectively?  

Accelerate This! will cut through all the confusion so you can:

  • Decide if you want to join a program
  • Learn how to grow your idea into a business
  • Create a program (or run yours better!) 

Accelerate This! covers the whole shebang, tip to tail, inside out, and outside in. We've collected quotes, insights, and best practices from the world's best programs (Y Combinator, 500 Startups, Techstars, Cleantech Open, Google/Alphabet X, the Buckminster Fuller Institute, XPrize, Elemental Excelerator, Free Electrons, and a ton more), most interesting entrepreneurs (Justin Rosenstein, Casey Fenton, and more), gathered some of the most useful tools (Lean Startup, Four Steps to the Epiphany, and so on) and put it all together in a super not-boring format for you to learn, work smarter, and create change.  

The audiobook is authored by Ryan Kushner (the accelerator guru) and is full of anecdotes and perspectives from his experience working around the world in various industries and with hundreds of start-ups, corporate clients and accelerators, prizes, and incubators. 

Supported by New Energy Nexus (the global association of clean energy incubators and accelerators), the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and the World Wildlife Fund, the audiobook takes a deep dive into clean energy/clean tech entrepreneurship as a test case for what accelerators can (and can't) do.

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Anatomy of Startup Accelerators

Ryan provides a glimpse into the diverse world of startup accelerators done primarily through the lens of interviews. Startup entrepreneurs, mentors, financiers and others in the startup ecosystem will be well served by listening to the book.

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  • SteveN
  • 04-19-21

Accelerate you Accelerator Know How

This book is full of useful and more importantly practical advice from thise including Ryan who have tried and tested various accelerator models including the creators of Y Combinator.

The only issue is the references to graphs or figures, firstly it's annoying considering this is an audible copy and secondly IF an accompanying PDF had been available the initial annoyance would have been somewhat mitigated and I could have benefitted from the graph as was first intended.

That said, this is well worth a listen despite my criticism above especially if you intend to found or enrol onto an accelerator.