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São Paulo, Brazil | Member Since 2014

  • 2 reviews
  • 16 ratings
  • 64 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2015

  • Built to Sell: Creating a Business That Can Thrive Without You

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By John Warrillow
    • Narrated By Erik Synnestvedt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A business parable about how to create a start-up that won't trap you when you want to sell it. According to John Warrillow, the number one mistake entrepreneurs make is to build a business that relies too heavily on them. Thus, when the time comes to sell, buyers aren't confident that the company-even if it's profitable-can stand on its own. To illustrate this, Warrillow introduces us to a fictional small business owner named Alex who is struggling to sell his advertising agency.

    M. Muin says: "Good content, Very bad narration"
    "Very week content, extremely annoying narrator"
    What would have made Built to Sell better?

    More content. The content is very superficial, there isn't actually much advice in it. Read "E-Myth" instead.

    Has Built to Sell turned you off from other books in this genre?


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Erik Synnestvedt?

    Anybody else. This guy has a pronunciation that is very hard to get used to. He lingers on consonants and seems to split sentences as he pleases. Very annoying and extremely distracting.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was nice to indulge in the fantasy of what it will be like to sell a business. But the book will skip how to get there. The story is very naive and simplistic.

    Any additional comments?

    The narrator should be avoided! Listen to a sample first.

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  • Mastering the Rockefeller Habits: What You Must Do to Increase the Value of Your Fast-Growth Firm

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Verne Harnish
    • Narrated By Verne Harnish

    Thousands of business owners have benefited directly from the simple and practical "tools" outlined in Mastering the Rockefeller Habits. And in the opening of Verne Harnish's book over one hundred business leaders have provided testimonials to the power of the author's tools. These tools come from founder and program chair of the world-renowned MIT/Inc./EO "Birthing of Giants" executive program, Verne Harnish's almost two decades of working with the CEOs and executive teams of fast growth firms.

    Holger says: "An exact copy of "Traction" (or vice-versa?)"
    "An exact copy of "Traction" (or vice-versa?)"
    What disappointed you about Mastering the Rockefeller Habits?

    I have previously read Gino Wickman's "Traction" and loved it. I was surprised that the "Rockefeller habits" are almost an exact copy of that book, even the sub-titles are related. That said, the book had zero additional value. "Traction" is even more hands-on - chose that one.

    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something about growing an IT company.

    Which scene was your favorite?

    There is an expanded section on getting bank financing - while the book does not go into when you should seek financing and when not, it is the only part where this book exceeds the contents of "Traction".

    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


    Any additional comments?

    I still don't know what this book has to do with Rockefeller. In the beginning, the author makes some painfully artificial references to him, there are the usual "five points of this", not to mention "the seven factors of that", and then he drops the ball and writes the book he intended to before the publisher insisted on a catchy theme.

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