If you are a HBS Alum or in some way associated with HBS - then you will love this book. This is really a story about the lives of three Harvard Business School Alums starting businesses and their experiences in the HBS Program. I guess I was looking for less of an advertisement and more of a guideline for successful strategies and characteristics of entrepreneours. Narration was average, the material was simply lame or even corny in many parts of the book.
This is my first time ever writing a review. I am taking the time to do this to save you, the stranger I don't even know the horror of this lame and useless book. Hours and hours of droning on about these few boring people who magically were successful after going to Harvard Business School!? Give me a break, this book is insulting to me and to all the men and women who start businesses with little formal eduction, credit cards for financing and their spare room as an office. Instead of this pile of cow dung go read Rich Dad/Poor Dad before you quit your job, The 4 Hour Work week by Timothy Ferris, Rework by Jason Fried, The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor, and The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks. Unless you went to Harvard Business school, then read this and call all your friends and laugh about how fun it is to part of the ruling class in this country. Bill Murphy, you have brought shame on your family... fall on your sword.
I purchased this book under the premise that I would be inspired, that if these three entrepreneurial examples could do it, so could I. Well, the book follows three Harvard Business School Graduates, all who graduated at a similar time and all who started dot com business and of course overcame obstacles and were ultimately successful. I suppose if I graduated from HBS, I would be able to relate. I would have much preferred the book if three entrepreneurs with entirely different educational, social and economical advantages/disadvantages were studied, that way, the likelihood of identifying with at least one character would be higher. I just hoped to walk away with even a glimmer of inspiration, but I did not. I would recommend this book to those who are curious about HBS, how the school is run, its pros & cons and are interested in capturing a portrait of their student alumni.
I don’t like to make negative comment on someone’s hard work. But I could not stop doing this time. This book is very rudimentary. Book’s title is misleading. It does not give much insight to make anybody intelligent entrepreneur. It simply narrates life-story of three HBS students and tries to summarize their efforts in some points to guide the reader to his entrepreneurial skills, but hopelessly fails to do so. I think the author simply wants to fool people and make money. I do not recommend this book unless you have no more educational exposure than to high school diploma…………..
I agree with other reviewer it is a good book overall, but frequent advertising of HBS is really annoying. I got the idea that HBS is a good school, but maybe author could save it for another book. Story about three entrepreneurs are fascinating. Just skip these HBS advertising every other chapter.
Basically liked the book but I agree with a previous review - a lot of the time it seemed like promotional material for Harvard Business School. Plus the tie-ins were a little forced. It was interesting enough but it's certainly not a manual for opening your own business. Wasn't crazy about the reader: his pronunciation of "entrepreneur" got on my nerves - and the word crops up a lot!
To be honest, I didn't know what to expect when I bought this audio. I haven't studied business or anything like that, but have always been intrigued by successful business people. I decided to give it a shot. To say it in a few words, I couldn't stop listening to this audio. The story line is very well constructed and I was always interested in finding out what would come next in the lives of the three protagonists. The analysis at the end of each chapter is very interesting and puts the whole chapter in context. I think anyone wanting to start a new business should listen to it. It goes deep, showing the joins and tribulations people can go through when starting off. It will certainly help anyone who asks themselves "do I have what it takes to start a business?". I higly recommend it.
Personal stories were interesting; I am now a huge Marla, Chris, and Marc fan.
Has motivated me to apply to business school. Would be nice if the narrators could agree on how to pronounce Chris' last name!
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I was a little worried when I bought this book. I just thought that it will be another business book with hypothetical examples and trying to solve a math problem as a final exam. I was wrong. This book has three real life examples and their life and passion for their companies. It is almost like taking a class in college on Business 101. It's like being in school, reading their stories and having a followup lecture on what we learned and at the end of the semester, having the real entrepreneurs in class as a guest panel for question and answer.
This title is well written. The author did a great job at telling their stories and going in depth on what just happened. Good concept on a business book.
I just wished that there were more of this book and it kinda felt like a infomercial for Harvard Business School.
I just wanted more, but good and interesting read.
An amazing book, with great stories of individuals that bet it all and then some to make their ideas come to life. The ups and downs, frustrations and celebrations. If you own your own business you will enjoy this, if you have wanted to start your own business this is a must read. Narration is wonderful, the story is never slows down. You don't want it to end. Please write a sequel. Its not what you know, its how much drive and determination you may have.