Almost ALL HBS infomercial, and a lot of personal stories that have nothing to do with becoming an entrepreneur or HBS, strange and very boring. You will be SICK of hearing “HBS, HBS, HBS,” quickly. But you will listen to the whole thing thinking he will get to the entrepreneur part, but he never really does. The author’s unhealthy infatuation is with HBS, not with being an entrepreneur.
A truly “Intelligent Entrepreneur” will take this warning to heart and not buy this book.
I enjoyed the Intelligent Entrepreneur and it provided many valuable insights on what it takes to start and run your own business. The hundreds of references to Harvard Business School were mildly annoying and many people who read this won't be in the same position or network that the main players in the book had. If you are interested in going to a high profile business school and working with venture capitalists then this is a must read/listen.
This book was not sincere--it seemed to be a Harvard Business School commercial--I couldn't get into the book because chapters 1-6 were an obsequious, one-sided dialogue about HBS--and how HBS is responsible for the success of not only the 3 entrepreneurs who were the main focus, but also, countless others. That may be true but why not offer a balanced approach. For instance follow one from HBS, one from Babson, and one without formal education. I felt tricked--I believe HBS hired this journalist to write a book that put their program for entrepreneurship in a good light--allowing them to compete with the other more established schools in this area.
The journalist admits to being a failed entrepreneur so is he really qualified to write this book, and do university entrepreneur programs actually create the best entrepreneurs. I thought I'd get awesome insight and ideas for my small business--instead I got a commercial and wasted one of my Audible credits.
It was a long audio book but well worth it. More than the 10 rules, I enjoyed and learned from the stories of the three HBS entrepreneurs.
I completed this book in audio format much faster than I could have by reading it. I learned a ton, and had fun! I am not sure yet if it convinced me to start my business or that I should think otherwise. Time will tell. For now, I will pronder the problem I intend to solve.
This book had the chance to be a fascinating set of case studys but is sadly just an elitist advertisement for harvard business school and its graduates. As if no successful company had ever been built without the blessing of HBS Alumni.