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Do Start

How to create and run a business (that doesn't run you).

Dan Kieran

*Shortlisted – Start Up/Scale Up category – Business Book Awards 2024*

Setting out on the entrepreneur’s path can be intimidating. It will not only test your creativity and commitment but push you further than you thought possible. It’s also one of the most rewarding journeys you will ever make. 

Dan Kieran, co-founder and former CEO of an award-winning publishing platform and self-confessed ‘accidental entrepreneur’, takes you through all aspects of running a business: from initial idea to getting started, building a brand, growing a team, raising money and dealing with investors, and perhaps most importantly, developing a founder’s mindset and managing your own mental health. 

When you are unsure of who – and what – to rely on, Do Start will be your trusted guide. Until, finally, you discover that the real win is not the company you build or money you make, but the person you become. 

This paperback purchase includes a free ebook download.  


A true disruptor

Sir Richard Branson

So grateful this book exists

Holly Tucker MBE

Rarely do we find a book about building a great business and developing the personal resilience to succeed

Michael Townsend Williams, wellbeing coach & author

Beautifully digested, engagingly written, fun to read

Nigel Newton, CEO of Bloomsbury

A founder's therapy book

Ben Keene, Rebel Book Club
Dan’s Do Lecture

You Think You Have Ideas But Ideas Have You

An impassioned talk from Dan on the greatest idea that's ever had him.

About the author

Dan Kieran is co-founder of Unbound, the award-winning publishing platform that he led as CEO for over 11 years, taking the business from an idea on a piece of paper to a profitable, global company. Having stepped down in March 2022, he remains on the board as a non-executive director and now teaches on the Publishing MA at University College London.

He is the author (and editor) of thirteen books including the bestselling Crap Towns, The Idle Traveller and The Surfboard. He has given talks about his entrepreneurial journey at Google, The DO Lectures, Toronto’s Book Summit, London Book Fair, Hay Festival, Cambridge University and the EU Parliament.

Product details

  • Pub date: April 2023
  • Dimensions: 120x178mm
  • Extent: 128 pages
  • ISBN: 978-1-914168-17-8
  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-914168-18-5


Colour illustrations by Mark Smith

Paper & print details

Paperback editions are printed by OZGraf Print on Munken, an FSC-certified paper

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