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Bob Dorf

Co-Author of the "Startup Owner's Manual"; GM of the Four Steps Consultancy Group

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 Bob Dorf Biography

Allegedly retired serial entrepreneur, Bob Dorf is the co–author of "The Startup Owners Manual."

Dorf is likely the second most knowledgeable customer development expert on the planet, second only to its developer and Godfather, Steve Blank. Together the two spent nearly two years conceiving, outlining, drafting, rewriting and revising the global bestseller, "The Startup Owner's Manual," now a business bestseller in the U.S. and many countries around the world.

Bob left a lucrative broadcasting job at the age of 22 because he had a passion to start his own company, which he did seven times over three decades. Bob’s track record as a founder, as he says: “two home runs, two base hits and three great tax losses.”

Bob invested in and coached or advised more than two dozen startups over more than a decade. Seven of them IPO’ed, while six went “straight into the toilet.” In all, he says, “an incredible 42 year entrepreneurial education!”

In March, 2012, Bob published "The Startup Owner’s Manual: A Step–By–Step Guide to Building a Great Company," along with Steve Blank. Two years of virtually full-time research and development yielded his magnum opus: 608 page, painstakingly detailed guide is the most comprehensive, rigorous step–by–step road map that is guiding startup founders throughout the world. "The Owner’s Manual" offers parallel customer development pathways for companies in the web and mobile channels, as well as traditional physical goods and enterprise software startups; it also includes in depth web marketing tutorials.

Bob travels the world, helping startups, incubators, governments and established corporations learn how to effectively deploy customer development process through speaking, workshops, and in intensive eight- to ten-week hands-on Startup Boot Camps. His training takes many forms, including speeches, workshops and hands-on consulting.

He teaches customer development and business modeling in full-semester and week-long classes at Columbia Business School, where he is an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship and has led training sessions at Tech de Monterrey, Mexico, Skolkovo Business School in Moscow, and many other places around the world. He’s counseled dozens of nonprofits probono as well, including the legendary Acumen Fund, a sustainable venture fund.

Bob lives in Stamford, Connecticut, with his wife, Fran, a writer, therapist and thrice–published novelist. When he’s not speaking, teaching or writing, Bob is often found on his bicycle or his skis. But Bob’s proudest startup of all is daughter Rachel Dorf Gotler, a PhD Psychologist who recently made him a grandpa.

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The Startup Owner's Manual: The Step-By-Step Guide for Building a Great Company

The Startup Owner's Manual: The Step-By-Step Guide for Building a Great Company

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Bob Dorf

Co-Author of the "Startup Owner's Manual"; GM of the Four Steps Consultancy Group

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Bob Dorf Biography

Allegedly retired serial entrepreneur, Bob Dorf is the co–author of "The Startup Owners Manual."

Dorf is likely the second most knowledgeable customer development expert on the planet, second only to its developer and Godfather, Steve Blank. Together the two spent nearly two years conceiving, outlining, drafting, rewriting and revising the global bestseller, "The Startup Owner's Manual," now a business bestseller in the U.S. and many countries around the world.

Bob left a lucrative broadcasting job at the age of 22 because he had a passion to start his own company, which he did seven times over three decades. Bob’s track record as a founder, as he says: “two home runs, two base hits and three great tax losses.”

Bob invested in and coached or advised more than two dozen startups over more than a decade. Seven of them IPO’ed, while six went “straight into the toilet.” In all, he says, “an incredible 42 year entrepreneurial education!”

In March, 2012, Bob published "The Startup Owner’s Manual: A Step–By–Step Guide to Building a Great Company," along with Steve Blank. Two years of virtually full-time research and development yielded his magnum opus: 608 page, painstakingly detailed guide is the most comprehensive, rigorous step–by–step road map that is guiding startup founders throughout the world. "The Owner’s Manual" offers parallel customer development pathways for companies in the web and mobile channels, as well as traditional physical goods and enterprise software startups; it also includes in depth web marketing tutorials.

Bob travels the world, helping startups, incubators, governments and established corporations learn how to effectively deploy customer development process through speaking, workshops, and in intensive eight- to ten-week hands-on Startup Boot Camps. His training takes many forms, including speeches, workshops and hands-on consulting.

He teaches customer development and business modeling in full-semester and week-long classes at Columbia Business School, where he is an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship and has led training sessions at Tech de Monterrey, Mexico, Skolkovo Business School in Moscow, and many other places around the world. He’s counseled dozens of nonprofits probono as well, including the legendary Acumen Fund, a sustainable venture fund.

Bob lives in Stamford, Connecticut, with his wife, Fran, a writer, therapist and thrice–published novelist. When he’s not speaking, teaching or writing, Bob is often found on his bicycle or his skis. But Bob’s proudest startup of all is daughter Rachel Dorf Gotler, a PhD Psychologist who recently made him a grandpa.

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  • How to book Bob Dorf?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Bob Dorf for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Bob Dorf, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Bob Dorf or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Bob Dorf?

    Booking fees for Bob Dorf, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Bob Dorf, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Bob Dorf?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Bob Dorf for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Bob Dorf for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Bob Dorf or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Bob Dorf or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Bob Dorf is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Bob Dorf for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Bob Dorf generally travels from Stamford, CT, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Eric Ries, Gary Vaynerchuk, Christopher M. Schroeder, Chris Seper and Jeffrey Walker. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Bob Dorf for an upcoming event.

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