I Don’t Know What I’m Doing: How a Programmer Became a Successful Startup CEO by David Thielen Review

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

Author and CEO David Thielen shares the knowledge and experiences he has gained to help newcomers to the role of CEO become a success in the book “I Don’t Know What I’m Doing: How a Programmer Became a Successful Startup CEO”.


The Synopsis

  • Feeling lost as the CEO not sure what to do and what’s coming next? This is the life raft you need.
  • What exactly is the person in the corner office thinking about? This will take you inside their world.
  • Want to learn how to be a great CEO? There is no way to train for that job. But this book helps
  • Occasionally a startup grows to great success with no funding. Occasionally. Read how this one pulled it off.

If you are a CEO, read this tonight. It’s that valuable. If you’re going to be a CEO, read it before you start. If you report to a CEO, read it to understand the world your boss sees, providing you an understanding that will help you manage up.

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The Review

More and more these days, people are having a difficult time finding steady work, and so many take the initiative to start their own businesses. The people who are able to make a successful run at building an actual company find themselves the CEO of their own business, and that can be a stressful experience. The author does an amazing job of capturing the path to becoming a CEO and how to bring that all together. 

The straightforward and unapologetic way the author tackles the issues that will arise for newcomers to the role of CEO was fantastic to see in this book. The detailed and knowledgeable way the author presents this information touches the reader’s mind and heart, as you can feel the mental and emotional experiences the author had going forward in their line of work.

The Verdict

Thought-provoking, masterfully written, and engaging, author David Thielen’s “I Don’t Know What I’m Doing” is a must-read nonfiction book on business and entrepreneurship that is not to be missed. The perfect guide and educational experience to help developing CEOs learn the tools of the trade and gain the confidence they need to move forward with their careers. If you haven’t yet, be sure to grab your copy today!

Rating: 10/10


About the Author

I’m a transformational Chief Executive Officer with over 20 years of experience in devising and delivering comprehensive strategies in growth-oriented environments that drive business development, streamline daily operations, and promote company value.

At Windward Studios I established and built a software company from the ground up, growing it into one of the largest document generator applications prior to acquisition. We developed and launched an innovative product that provided clients with a modern and custom program to design complex document templates in a simplified manner.

Windward was created and grown with no funding. That is incredibly rare.

My recent book, I Don’t Know What I’m Doing! is my effort to pay it forward. Learning to be an effective CEO is brutally hard. I hope this book makes it a bit easier.

I am writing more on this topic at my blog – https://ceobook.substack.com

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