This is mostly full of testimonials and sales pitches for the crucial conversation technique, which is pointless because we already bought the book. You've sold us, you can start the learning. Only, the learning never really got off the ground. The books was full of vague advice and stories, instead of focusing on breaking down the techniques and teaching them in an effective way with clear examples.
The narration wasn't horrible, but the content was. Tons of lofty ideas and obvious tips. Nothing new, insightful, or actionable.
First of all, I have to warn you that the author, Ben Horowitz, apparently likes gangster rap, and there are quotes at the beginning of chapters and sections that are relevant, yet have foul language and try to be offensive. Ben Horowitz interestingly, uses swear words, but only for great impact.
Second, Kevin Kenerly, the narrator, has a great style. It's hard to explain, but it's like he's speaking directly to you, and only to you. Some people might be annoyed by it, but I thought it was very appropriate for this book.
Third, there was a lot of really interesting and dramatic insight into how Horowitz handled an almost impossible to believe string of disasters by seeking good advice from his mentors, from experts, and by making hard decisions. Although I don't agree with some of the ways he treated people, his methods did get results.
The author did a great job writing and narrating this book. The book breaks down the core principles to creating an addictive technology product, with useful actionable information. The audio production was lousy though. It was very tinny, even at the highest quality.
I didn't get any useful information out of this book. There were many vague lofty ideas about managing people with no clear direction on how to implement. The few specific techniques mentioned, I would never use as they seemed very insensitive.
Pretty good listen
This book was inspiring. It had some interesting tips for getting started with remote work. It also supposedly addressed many of the opposing viewpoint's arguments against remote work, but none of them seemed based on credible research. Still, there were some strong arguments rooted in sound theory. There were several F bombs in the story, but they're eloquent when the narrator delivers them.
Maybe, just to refer to some of the vendors and resources that the author mentions.
The author had some very strong obviously biased opinions about some things considering that he believes in data driven decisions. If you can look past that, you can find value in his approaches to data analysis, which he dubs mathematical marketing. Particularly his references to OgilvieEvaluate and funnel allocation are useful and interesting frameworks to consider employing.
The narrator spoke clearly and was easy to understand. The speech was changed to indicate that you were listening to the audio version. When referencing a chart, he would reference the additional PDF available, and would change nouns and verbs when appropriate.
The narrator put space between the words, and the book had actionable information.
He doesn't but spaces between his words. A sentence sounds like a really long word.
The author makes statements no more insightful than, "Function should drive form."
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