The Lean Startup Paperback – Jan 1 2011
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Ries suggests two primary reasons for the failure of most startups. One is trusting indicators of likely success that are either inappropriate or unreliable such as a good business plan, a solid strategy, and thorough market research. A startup is by nature and unknown quantity, Ries points out, as are its prospects. Also, many entrepreneurs and their investors become impatient, then frustrated, and abandon traditional management practices. I agree with him that all startups must be managed and only those that are managed well have a chance to survive. It is also important to keep in mind that, at one time, each of the "Fortune 500" was a startup, launched by one or more entrepreneurs who would not be denied.
Credit Ries with pursuing what Jim Collins and Jerry Porras characterize in Built to Last as a Big Hairy Audacious Goal or BHAG: To provide "a new discipline for entrepreneurial management" that takes into full account "the chaos and uncertainty that startups must face...Read more ›
This book is filled with stories, that not only demonstrate the ideas at hand, but provide compelling evidence that will turn you into a believer. Going from vanity metrics, and fuzzy data -> to actionable metrics that will allow you to make real business decision (do we persevere, and keep the course... or do we pivot and change direction?). I found this book not only compelling and interesting.. but a real world changer.
For anyone in a leadership role... this is essential. Easy to read, and amazing. Well done.
This would be a great opening for my Lean Startup review, had Tyler and the Narrator not gone off the road. The car was destroyed, but the leaders survived, and got a little wiser. Was that a Pivot?
This book is not just about small tech startups, though if you've heard anything about it (the buzz has been building around the interwebs for about 2 years now, mostly on tech sites), you'd be forgiven for the assumption. Frankly, if this book was just about starting tech companies in Silicon Valley, it'd be pretty boring, aimed at a very very niche audience. It's neither.
The brilliance of this book is that it's ideas (admittedly borrowed somewhat from Lean Manufacturing) can be applied to almost any project, service, or company. It will make your venture faster, smarter, and cheaper. In fact, you can even use the principles in here if you want to keep your job (you're not an Entrepreneur, you're an Intrapreneur' I like that).
So why is Entrepreneurship (for example) so scary? Because we always hear about how 90% of small business fail within a year. No one doubts the numbers, or bothers to look them up. We just decide not to take the gamble.Read more ›
I liked this book. The reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that it was not easy to read. Eric Ries is a brilliant person with brilliant ideas, yet his writing style is not for everyone.
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I participated in a crm startup that wasted a lot of time and money. Wish we failed faster and pivoted instead of persisted against what wasn't getting traction. Read morePublished 8 days ago by James Frail
If you're thinking of starting a business on a budget, I highly recommend this book.
It offers good insight in to the do's and don'ts and for those who are new to the... Read more
I I've been an entrepreneur for more than a decade after a long career in business. I advise new businesses. I learned a lot from this book. Some validation and some new ideas.Published 1 month ago by James A. Love
Eric Ries' Lean Startup is a tale of clear logic, scientific application and vision of moving in the right direction for Entrepreneurship. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Omfg the greatest Buisness book ever! Really turns everything on its head. Read this and "mindset" and your life will change. Garaunteed! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon lover