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Build The Fort

By Chris Heivly

In Build the Fort, Heivly breaks down his personal fort-building experiences and uses them as an analogy to his journey as co-founder of MapQuest as well as The Startup Factory (a seed-stage investor & mentorship program).
Build the Fort outlines five basic elements that are common to both fort-building and startups:
• Socializing Your Idea without fear or inhibition,
• Identifying and Marshaling the People You Trust, 
• Gathering the Minimal Resources Closest To You, 
• Acting on the Smallest and Simplest of the Idea, and
• Build the Fort.
Whether you are 16 or 60, Build The Fort will provide the reader a better understanding of the earliest micro-steps of starting your own business by overlaying Chris’s 30 years of experiences in startups, investments, big-company intrapreneurship and community development.

About the author

Chris Heivly

Serial entrepreneur (MapQuest co-founder) and early-stage investor with company-building experience from $0 to $25M. Interest in startups, venture-backed companies, and venture capital organizations in and around software technology.

Frequent blogger, contributing writer for INC.com, and author of Build The Fort. I am a public speaker (400+ events) about startups, corporate innovation, and startup communities specifically entrepreneurial ecosystem development.

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If only Chris Heivly had written this little red book of startup advice years ago. How much time and money I might have saved. How much faster I might have gotten traction.

Denis Mcduff – CEO at eBroselow

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Chris’s greatest accomplishment here is in demystifying the startup process giving the reader confidence to proceed.

David Gardner – Founder and Managing parnter at cofounders capital

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Follow the advice in this book – you will increase your chances of success and hopefully avoid tons of common, and likely disastrous, mistakes along the way.

Peter robichau – Managing Consultant at category 3 partners

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