The MouseDriver Chronicles
by John Lusk and Kyle Harrison
Perseus Publishing, 2002
The MouseDriver Chronicles is a likable book chronicling the experience of two Wharton MBAs from the class of 1999 who started a company. If their learning experience came out of the dot.com bubble, it had more to do with traditional business activities than “burn rates” and “eyeballs.” The authors made a profit (however small) with their product: a computer mouse shaped like a golf driver. If the product concept seems slight, at least it is a real product that had to be designed, manufactured, and sold. The narrative of events is quite engaging and the authors are open and analytical about their mistakes-as well as their successes. A worthwhile read for anyone considering starting a company in the post-dot.com era.
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