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Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group

The Startup Squad

Brian Weisfeld, the Founder and Chief Squad Officer of The Startup Squad, an initiative dedicated to helping girls reach their potential, teams up with Fix-It Friends author Nicole C. Kear to present this middle-grade series about friendship and entrepreneurship.

Operating a lemonade stands is just the beginning for Resa, Harriet, Didi, and Amelia, as these savvy, business-minded schoolgirls learn that good business isn’t just about making a profit, but about making friends. Each book features tips from the Startup Squad and an inspirational profile of a girl entrepreneur.

“The Startup Squad encourages girls to dream big, work hard, and rely on each other to make good things happen. It teaches them how to succeed–and reminds all of us that girls mean business!” –Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and #1 New York Times bestselling author of Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

Parents, visit the Startup Squad website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and blog with your aspiring entrepreneurs for inspiring profiles of savvy girls and advice on launching their own small business!

  • The Startup Squad: Face the Music
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    • The Startup Squad: Face the Music

    • The Startup Squad (Volume 2)
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    • Girls mean business in The Startup Squad: Face the Music, the second novel in the series, which Kirkus Reviews calls “an enjoyable and diverse story highlighting friendship,...

      • Available in:

      • Physical Book
      • eBook
  • The Startup Squad
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    • The Startup Squad

    • The Startup Squad (Volume 1)
      Brian Weisfeld and Nicole C. Kear
      Imprint

    • Girls mean business in a brand-new series about friendship and entrepreneurship that Katherine Applegate, Newbery Medal-winning author of The One and Only Ivan, calls “A...

      • Available in:

      • Physical Book
      • eBook

Brian Weisfeld

Brian Weisfeld has been building businesses his entire life. In elementary school, he bought 100 pounds of gummy bears and hired his friends to sell them. As a teen, he made and sold mix tapes (ask your parents what that is), sorted baseball cards (he got paid in cards), babysat four-days-a-week after school, and sold nuts and dried fruit (and more gummy bears) in a neighborhood store. As an adult, Brian helped build a number of well-known billion-dollar companies including IMAX and Coupons.com. Brian is the Founder and Chief Squad Officer of The Startup Squad, an initiative dedicated to helping girls realize their potential and follow their dreams, whatever their passions. Brian lives in Silicon Valley and can often be found eating gummy bears with his wife while watching his two daughters sell lemonade from the end of their driveway.

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Nicole C. Kear

Nicole C. Kear grew up in New York City, where she still lives, with her husband, three firecracker kids and a ridiculously fluffy hamster. She's written lots of essays and a memoir, Now I See You, for grownups; and The Fix-It Friends series and Foreverland for kids. She also co-wrote The Startup Squad series with Brian Weisfeld. She has a bunch of fancy, boring diplomas, and one red clown nose from circus school. Seriously.

Justine Cooper