The author of this book is a great storyteller. I enjoyed how he captured the daily lives of the three entrepreneurs at the center of this book. I felt like I was peeking into their lives, and often felt like I was watching a Hollywood movie in my head, because of his well-crafted descriptions.
The two speakers both did a fine job, but I'm left wondering why there were two. Switching between two speakers just left me wondering why switch. I would more understand a switch between a guy and girl, given the context of one female and two male students. But again, my puzzlement has nothing to do with the performances. They both did great jobs.
As great as the storytelling was, though, I was overall disappointed with the book, in regards to how it billed itself. If the description had said that this was just a book telling the story of 3 typical graduates of Harvard Business School, I would give it a much higher rating, but the author proposed that he's distilled the wisdom of the school into
So, to repeat in summary, if you want a great story about 3 Harvard MBAs as they struggled with life after Harvard Business School, and found their ways to starting their own companies, then buy this book. It will be very inspiration to you, and really helps to portray an accurate picture of the life you better be prepared to lead if you decide to become an entrepreneur.
But, if you want some repeatable rules to guide you, get this book for the reasons above, but make it a higher priority to check out books in the Lean Startup space. A friend of mine who is a more-recent grad from HBS says that that is getting a lot more attention at HBS now. Lean Startup also has a strong following in Silicon Valley, and at tech schools like MIT and my alma mater, Carnegie Mellon.
The story is about three Harvard Business School graduates who started their own businesses. Some good applicable information, but overall not very usable. The teaching boils down to "Go to Harvard Business School, and learn how to be an Entrepreneur." and "If you aren't starting the next google, you're not really an entrepreneur."
There are plenty of better books for Entrepreneurs.
TONS of facts. The different stories between Mark, Chris and Marla where very good.
You can tell the author did his homework on all 3 of the characters in the books. And it sounds like he compiled more about themselves then they really knew was going on during the start of their businesses. I liked that each character showed range in their personal life and carrer story AND he told 3 different stories.
The read was very fast. With the amount of content that was just in the first part I believe it would have taken me a lot longer to read this book. I do read hardcover books continually but this one I chose as an audio book and i'm glad.
i did laugh out loud several times. i found myself truly listening to the different stories!
I'm looking foward to finishing the 2nd part of the book. I'm also looking to get in contact with Marla if you can point me in the right direction. She, is what I want in a mentor!
The audiobook is very well performed. The book is very helpful and I think gives a very unique and in depth exploration of what a entrepreneur really needs.
However I did not like the fact that although very deep, the author did not explore beyond a small subset of cases to study. All the people followed in this book graduated from Harvard Business School at around the same time and knew each other. The author very likely uses the word Harvard or HBS nearly every minute, making the book seem like one big advertisement for the Harvard Business School. Although I do not think this was his intent, it was very annoying, and the reasons why he restricted his studies to such a narrow focus were not very compelling.
Overall it is a very good listen with three interesting and beneficial stories, coupled with a lot of good advise about what people can do to improve their ability to become and entrepreneur.
I enjoyed Chris Michael due to the fact that he seemed real, honest, and very passionate. He reinvented himself and was able to achieve at something very different, while often having to learn from very difficult mistakes.
A soothing tone that helped reinforce important ideas to make them easier to remember.
Someone interested in starting a new business.
If you can ignore the frequent comments about Harvard Business School, this is a rewarding read that is both interesting and insightful.
This is one of the best audio books on entrepreneurs I have listened to. I truly enjoyed how the story was read and the fact it was based on real life situations. It has truly inspired me, encouraged me and provoked me to not give up. I have recommended this book to a few entrepreneurs and will continue to do so. Many need to hear they are not the only one struggling with building their organization, and that truly perseverance, wisdom and a strong inner circle is needed and recommended in order to achieve their goals. The narration of this book kept my attention, the story line was well thought out and flowed seamlessly. I also enjoyed the live panel at the end to hear the voices and thoughts of the subjects of the book.
There are several, I can't really pick one: The journey to HBS for each of them, the wise decisions when the economy was turning are two that stick out right now.
Neither narrator had a monotone sound, they both read with passion. I truly enjoyed the switch from one to the other as it related to the chapters. It helped me to readily recognize where we were in the book. Either hearing the story of the subjects, or hearing the fundamentals of that particular scenario/circumstance.
I didn't cry, I did laugh as some points, but I was more provoked to thinking.
I would not buy another book written by Bill Murphy
No, Although I would not buy one by this author
The narration seemed boastful and arrogant
I wish that I had read the reviews before buying this book. Many people's comments are that this feels like marketing material for Harvard Business School. After several hours I stopped listening as I have no plans to attend HBS but I did want to learn from these people's business experience.
The is clearly a sales pitch for HBR. And much in the fashion of Harvard, the protest that this book is valuable because of the reams of research cited before writing this dry study of a topic that requires spirit and enthusiasm. Like most things Harvard, the spirit has been drained out and we are left with a meaningless study of dry numbers and points that any high school student would gloss over as obvious and fundamental.
This is a must-read for any aspiring Entrepreneur. The lessons are based not on academics, but on real-life examples. This is not theory on how to start a business. It's how these people got from their humble beginnings to owning (and selling) multi-million dollar businesses. Business schools will teach you the mechanics of it, but they can't teach the character, drive, and resolve that this book will. Pay special attention to the lessons on sales. Very key. The round-table discussion at the end was also very insightful as you hear from the characters in the book in their own voices.
An audio book loving Aucklander.
Totally enjoyed this one and has caused me to get motivated to move to the next stage in my business plan...loved getting to know Chris, Marla's and Mark's stories and how they got to where they are today. Especially enjoyed the roundtable discussion with Chris, Marla and Mark at the end of the book, was good to hear their real voices as you feel like you know them by the end of this book. Great stuff...would love another book of this type, with different stories in it Bill!
I found this book to be a refreshing look at approaching entrepreneurship today. It is well worth your time. The approach taken by using autobiographical -like chapters mixed with more anlytical -like chapters, all centered around 10 key principles, I found to be quite enjoyable. The content of the 10 rules themselves are equally useful, although some seem bred from common sense (and do not take an HBS degree to realize). I don't think there is too much of a focus on HBS personally; I think it is used more as a common reference point for how entrepreneurship can be learned and not as a statement that HBS is where one must go to become an entrepreneur or learn such skills. It happens to be the place that helped foster these 10 rules for these entrepreneurs - but it could have just as easily been another school or even a peer group or simply lessons of life that might get one to the same discoveries. The end analysis for me is that I feel I got quite a lot of good information out of the book and it was also presented in an enjoyable way with interesting stories.