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If you're coming out of high school and are scheming up your first (or maybe second) startup, then this is the book for you. You'll learn a lot.
On the other hand, if your a consultant, read business blogs and have launched a few products in your time, you probably won't learn much.
The narration is by the author, laid back but personable. He knows what he's talking about. He offers clarity and direction. The Lean Startup won't teach you everything, but if you are relatively new or confused, or perhaps discouraged by past failures, get this.
This is not a bad book by any standart. It presents a very good framework for building a start-up (especially useful for tech start-ups) and it delivers exactly what it promises - the lean methodology to build a business.
This methodology is based on adding a new critical metric to your business, validated learning or seeing what works and what doesn't. It's the opposite of "build it and they'll come". Instead it's "build the minimum product, see if they come and then improve it based on what gets results".
Most entrepreneurs employ wishful thinking - hoping or feeling like the market has a moral obligation to buy what they've built just because they've bought it. In the lean start-up methodology you don't take any chances and you use only real world data to see if your idea will float or sink.
The only downsize to this book is that after 8 hours, I've got about 3 good ideas from it. Yes, three good ideas that I've applied both in my personal and professional life but nothing more nonetheless. This means at least for me that the book could have been shorter, maybe 50% of it's current lenght. There are a lot of examples and after a time you are in a position of "yes, I've got it, move on".
As far as my experience with Audible, again, it was an amazing one. Chapters are a little strange in this audiobook (I'm listening it on a SanDisk Sanza) but overall, it's an amazing book for results oriented people. The methodology here can be used both in a business and in your personal life, so don't shy away from this book even if it's designed for entrepreneurs.
And as far as the lenght, do as I do, sometimes play it on fast speed. The narator speaks rather slowly and clearly so I can understand it even on high speed.
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The MVP is a great concept...very well thought out and to the point.
The 2 Second LEAN is more direct and focused in my opinion...
Great book on LEAN start ups...if you are starting from scratch this is the book to read right after you read 2 Second Lean by Paul Akers. This is my second favorite LEAN book. Good job Eric.
I would try another book by Ries
The book is very hard to listen to and is probably better to have a hard copy in hand
Apparently, the 'lean startup' has a large following. I had never heard of the book or the concept, but lean inspired me ever since Jeff Liker's book about Toyota.
The Lean Startup in my opinion is a totally different approach, although it borrows the concept of waste. But how waste is avoided is a different route altogether.
First, it is 'lean' under a cloud of uncertainty. The more uncertain the future (of sth) is, the better this approach works. Basically, to avoid waste is to have a clear understanding of your key assumptions, and then testing these assumptions as fast and with as little effort as possible. And of course, with a good monitoring system to understand the results of what you tested. Topline growth is not. Cohort/group and split testing is.
The book is written as a guide to startups, but it is valid with anything innovative. And thus for any business that tries to innovate something, anything. Many organisations are dissatifsfied with their innovation efforts, and this book guides you to how to improve the process.
Well worth the read. The author is not really a narrator, though. He should have left this to a professional. Not bad, but not great either.
Sure the narration was fine.
I was disappointed. This book seems to focus primarily on technology start ups. I was looking for a book that gave advice more for retail stores and restaurants. This is not the book for that.
I appreciate the author's approach of depending on rigorous experimentation to guide business decisions. Sometimes, "an Industry Standard" just doesn't apply. I also appreciate his call to be careful to keep the goal in mind, and not to get lost in particular techniques or dogma. Think about scientific management in the early 20th Century and you can see how hollow it became. Well worth reading at any level in business.
Entrepreneur and Consultant - Business, Innovation Management, Technology Transfer, Information Technology. EE-Ms.C., MBA.
As a business consultant I found myself recommending this book to entrepreneurs numerous times and using several of the ideas and stories on many opportunities.
The book is particularly suited for software startups, but I believe any entrepreneur in any field, not only startups - also SMBs, must read this book and be aware of the ideas, where the most basic one is to get to the market as early as practically possible, try, get feedback, and fix your course/product/service.
I had the opportunity to interview and consult for at least an hour with more than 500 entrepreneurs in the last 20 month or so. I cannot over-stress how important it would be for many of those individuals to understand it.
The principles and the context of this book make us to do a reflection not only of our business life but our personal life.