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.
Well, I have to say, that whiles I thought that I am sort of an entrepreneur, because I run my own little business, I learned that I am in no way in the league of this book. It was way over my head. So it was a waste of my time now, but it may be useful later.
Not sure yet
wonderful , clear and articulate
If it is a movie, rather that a documentary , then yes.
The author gives several interesting examples of successful entrepreneurs and their stories. It is somewhat unbelievable, however, what is claimed they achieved. I think they may have had some limited success in their first five years, although not the radical achievement of "selling a cosmetics business for $100 Million." I suspect these people may actually be HBS professors or affiliated with the faculty in some way.
I enjoyed how the book transitions from storytelling to narrative and uses two distinct voices for each. It really breaks up things nicely and makes for an engaging listen.
The case studies of the entrepreneurs is inspiring, engaging and well-told.
The addition of the round-table discussion between the authors and entrepreneurs (an exclusive to the audible book) is a great way to get an even deeper erpsective on the entire book.
Too long to listen at once, plus it needs some digesting in between chapters.
Yes, in fact I read it twice. This is not particularly good for audio book, because I cannot flip back and forth for the info that I need.
As the name suggested, this book is about how to become an entrepreneur. But, more importantly, it is about how to become one intelligently. It starts off with why a lot of entrepreneurs fail. Then it presents 10 rules that will help you to become a successful entrepreneur. If you are planning on becoming an entrepreneur, you should really read this book. If you are not, you might as well read this book because it is quite intesting. It’s fun to read and along the way, who knows, you might change your mind and want to become an entrepreneur.
The author, Bill Murphy Jr., interviewed three Harvard Business School graduates --Christopher Michel, Mark Cenedella, and Marla Malcolm Beck--who had then successfully founded start-up companies. He then drew 10 rules to become a successful entrepreneur. It is what you should keep in mind if you’d like to become an entrepreneur.
The writing style is quite interesting. Murphy wrote the stories of those three HBS graduates in odd chapter, and explained the 10 rules in even chapters. This writing style makes the content a lot more juicy. Each chapter also has a quote from famous people, which I found quite interesting. Overall, I learned a lot from this book while enjoying the interesting stories of Michel, Cenedella, and Beck. I really like this book and I wouldn’t hesistate to recommend this book.
The audiobook version of this book is narrated by Fred Berman and L. J. Ganser. I like his narration. His voice is strong and tonal. It keeps me engaged throughout all the listening. At the end of the audiobook, there is a special roundtable discussion featuring Bill Murphy Jr., hristopher Michel, Mark Cenedella, and Marla Malcolm Beck. It’s interesting to know that these people really exist, and to hear things from their own words.