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Matt

Caulfield, Australia | Member Since 2012

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  • Do More Faster: TechStars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Brad Feld, David Cohen
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (146)

    It is a cold, hard fact of business life that most startups fail. Even many of those entrepreneurs who ultimately succeed have stories of personal challenges, unsuccessful companies, and difficulties along the way. The founders of TechStars, a mentorship-driven startup accelerator, have worked with entrepreneurs and companies over the past twenty-five years, and have seen a number of the same issues come up again and again.

    Stephen Thunder says: "Good Book"
    "Straight to the point, based on what works."
    Overall
    Performance
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    What did you love best about Do More Faster?

    There was little to no "fluff" like I tend to find in many business books. Do More Faster just cuts straight to the most important points, based on David Cohen and Brad Feld's experiences with Techstars. For any budding entrepreneurs, this is what we want, less chatter and more actionable points.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Automatic Millionaire: A Powerful One-Step Plan to Live and Finish Rich

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By David Bach
    • Narrated By David Bach
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    The Automatic Millionaire starts with the powerful story of an average American couple (he's a low-level manager, she's a beautician), whose joint income never exceeds $55,000 a year, who somehow manage to own two homes debt-free, put two kids through college, and retire at 55 with more than $1 million in savings.

    Jonathan says: "Common sense, but..."
    "Quite dissapointing after all the hype"
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    Performance
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If it had more tactics, not just the same message repeated 100 times...

    I did get 2 good points out of this book, one was to pay your mortgage fortnightly instead of monthly and the other was to automate cash transfers to a savings account. But that is basically the entire book's message.


    What three words best describe David Bach’s voice?

    Mundane, uninspiring


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

    Boredom


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to Rich Dad, Poor Dad instead of this!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups, and Winning at All Costs

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Tyler Hamilton, Daniel Coyle
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    On a fateful night in 2009, Tyler Hamilton and Daniel Coyle met for dinner at a restaurant in Boulder, Colorado. The two had met five years before while Coyle was writing his best-selling book Lance Armstrong: Tour de Force. But this time, Tyler had something else on his mind. He finally wanted to come clean, about everything: the doping, the lying, his years as Lance Armstrong's teammate on U.S. Postal, and his decade spent running from the truth.

    Mark says: "Wasn't a Fan, am now!"
    "The whole story of how they did it, frightening!"
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    If you could sum up The Secret Race in three words, what would they be?

    Remarkable
    Energetic
    Frightening


    What did you like best about this story?

    Getting to know Lance Armstrong and some of his teammates from an inside perspective. What it's like to live, train and compete in the top echelon of professional cheaters... I mean cyclists...


    What does Sean Runnette bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Sean really brings the dynamic of living the story. He tells it as though it is live and happening all around us right now... This could also be because I listen to it while cycling in the mornings!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I didn't cry but I definitely laughed out loud several times while listening. Some of the stories were genuinely funny but mostly just quite shocking to learn some of the secret techniques these guys use to maintain their competitive advantages in the sport.


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