This book contained some high-level ideas, but never drilled down into what was involved in starting and running a business and making it profitable. Mostly it was war stories about Harvard Business School grads in their ventures to hit their numbers, make millions, and feel fulfilled for creating hundreds of jobs. Sometimes those jobs lasted, and paid well; sometimes they did not and made unreasonable demands on the people that worked them.Looking at it one way, Harvard Business School exists to train talented people to go out into the world and make it a better place by creating employment and technological improvements. Looking at it another way, HBS is a cross-section of people who become multimillionaires by working their asses off night and day, making tons of mistakes, burning through capital like paper in a blast furnace, and doing whatever they have to do to make their number!At times, the book seemed like one long advertisement for Harvard Business School.One of the best parts was the interview with the Entrepreneurs themselves at the end. They became more human at that point - not just two-dimensional hoop-jumpers.I found this book useful because it helped show me how to instill motivation in characters when writing a novel. Which is a form of entrepreneurship in itself.
This is the only reason I am not returning it to Audible for an exchange.
Yes.to remind myself of some of the things said in the book.
I was very impressed by Mark and his passion to succeed.
The one that described Mark working from home for months without pay
The book was very teaching and entertaining at the same time,
I am a young-executive with a voracious appetite for great stories. I read and listen constantly, and am very proud of my book collection.
This very detailed and approachable study of three Harvard School of Business alumni is a must read for anyone interested in what distinguishes those truly successful in entrepreneural startups from the majority for whom success is more alluring. It takes much more than just getting an education at Harvard, but rather a character and mind set that may not necessarily be intuitive. This book will provide concrete and tangible milestones from which to compare your own startup or enterprise difficulties.
This book is approachable and entertaining. The profiles are of real people with varied backgrounds. The diversity of the personalities and cisrcumstances in this study is what makes this book so important.
This book is definitely one I would recommend. It tells the story of average people who took advantage of getting into Harvard Business School and making the most of it. Even more, it helps the listener realize that going to HBS isn't the only avenue to becoming a successful entrepreneur.
My favorite part of the book was how the stories were woven together both personal and business, not just bare bones business talk.
The art of two narrators reading the story gave it the feel of a work of fiction while learning what to do and what not to do when planning to start a new business venture.
Of course this book is too long for one sitting but I found myself getting through this book faster than any other book I've listened to on business and leadership.
I will definitely be listening to this book again. I generally don't write reviews but if you need to be inspired to start a business or start another one this could be the book for you.
I appreciated the candor and 360 angle the book provided. The personal highs and lows. I particularly appreciated the insights into the loneliness of making important decisions in uncertain environments.
I almost stopped listening to the book in the first ten minutes: I find lists boring, since there are so many of them and it's so easy to try and pretend that there is an authoritative "THE WAY" when everyone is a bit different, and the author and voice did not grab me. But I'm glad I got to the in-depth case-studies of three business people. The stories and insights from these and other stories are incredible. It even left me interested in Harvard. I think this is one of the better books to learn from if beginning a start up- which I am.
This is a very excellent book on entrepreneurship. This books follows a unique and different approach that many readers may not have been exposed to. If you have ever taken any MBA level courses or Masters level business course then you may have been exposed to the Harvard Business Schools case study approach. Case study analysis is perhaps one of the most effective ways to learn critical thinking skills. The HBS case study approach is being used in most high quality business schools. This book is a well written compendium of entrepreneurial concepts presented using a case study approach. This books is a must read for the aspiring entrepreneur or business strategist. This book sort of defines a new type of genre but parallels and is in the same family with books like Blue Ocean Strategy, or The Innovators Dilemma, or The Innovators DNA. If the HBS case study approach is like a single melody, then this book is more like a symphony. Read it, and don't get hung up on the Harvard Business School venue. This books has some very important principles and concepts that applies to all entrepreneurs.
Found this to be very good particularly as I recently started my own business and you get a lot of different ideas, motivation from the stories the author has used in the book. Its one of the books that I would like to come back to once a year to recap and refresh.
I am an entrepreneur. I have started over 10 separate businesses. You would think I would not need to read this book. But I am always looking for a better way. And this book is as good as any in helping a person organize the process of starting and running a business. The section on who to hiring the right people is very important.
The book is written around the story of 3 main people and their efforts to start and run a business. The book is very informative and interesting because of the method in which it's written.
This book is better than many out there and has 3 different stories in one so there are many of opportunities to like the book.
I liked Mark Cenedella and it was because he was cautious but a great observer and in the end I read his stuff now every week.