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Richard

Incline Village, NV, United States | Member Since 2006

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  • The Lean Entrepreneur: How Visionaries Create Products, Innovate with New Ventures, and Disrupt Markets

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Brant Cooper, Patrick Vlaskovits
    • Narrated By Erik Synestvedt
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    The Lean Entrepreneur moves us beyond this myth. It combines powerful customer insight, rapid experimentation, and easily actionable data from the Lean Startup methodology to empower individuals, companies, and entire teams to evolve their vision, solve problems, and create value at the speed of the Internet. Anyone can be visionary.

    hayden says: "The authors need to learn to write an LEAN boook!"
    "Oddly (i.e. poorly) organized book"
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    What disappointed you about The Lean Entrepreneur?

    I'm sure the authors are excellent lean startup consultants, but this book is very poorly organized and never really seems to get to the point. It just sort of rambles on, using all the lean startup buzzwords, and never builds any sort of case. Overall, I was ready to turn it off after an hour, but powered through.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Brant Cooper and Patrick Vlaskovits again?

    Probably, may they could get another author to help them organize their next book...


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I liked the idea of having cases mixed in, but they were so short and basic that they didn't really add anything (I can read more in depth about this sort of stuff online).


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Lean Entrepreneur?

    I would have cut it up and reorganized it. At times, they use terms (like vanity metrics) freely as if we already know them (and that's probably a safe assumption), then much farther into the book they go into detail defining the term. It just wasn't well organized.


    Any additional comments?

    Honestly, while I love the whole Lean Startup thing, it's really nothing new that successful entrepreneurs haven't been doing implicitly and explicitly for many years. Eric Reis did an excellent job of laying out the principals eloquently in his book, that's why he's now the "father" of Lean Startup. Sadly, far too many of the other authors that write on this subject lack the eloquence and cohesiveness that Eric has in writing about and explaining these ideas.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Founder’s Dilemmas

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Noam Wasserman
    • Narrated By Mark Mosely
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (54)

    Often downplayed in the excitement of starting up a new business venture is one of the most important decisions entrepreneurs will face: should they go it alone, or bring in cofounders, hires, and investors to help build the business? More than just financial rewards are at stake. Friendships and relationships can suffer. Bad decisions at the inception of a promising venture lay the foundations for its eventual ruin.

    Jonathan says: "Story is not bad but bad performance"
    "An important FACT based book on entrepeneurship"
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    Would you listen to The Founder’s Dilemmas again? Why?

    Yes, I will refer to the book often as it is full of interesting facts and figures


    What did you like best about this story?

    I appreciated the research based findings.


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

    Honestly, this might be a better book to read in print and refer back too, but it was an entertaining, easy listen in the car too


    Any additional comments?

    So many entrepreneurship books are just stories and anecdotes, this one is actually based on the findings of research. It's really fascinating!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Anatomy of Buzz

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Emanuel Rosen
    • Narrated By Jason Culp
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Word-of-mouth marketing has long been recognized as a powerful selling tool. Packed with real-life examples, The Anatomy of Buzz is invaluable for anyone who wants to understand the word-of-mouth phenomenon.

    Matthew says: "Very comprehensive. Uses current examples."
    "Getting Dated"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It is an interesting introduction to "buzz," however there are more recent books like "Contagious" by Jonah Berger that are more thoroughly researched. The examples in the book are getting very dates (some of the companies don't even exist anymore).


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread - The Lessons from a New Science

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Alex Pentland
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    From one of the world’s leading data scientists, a landmark tour ofthe new science of idea flow, offering revolutionary insights into the mysteries of collective intelligence and social influence.

    Richard says: "Excellent intro, but overly ambitious conclusions"
    "Excellent intro, but overly ambitious conclusions"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Social Physics to be better than the print version?

    The book was a good introduction to the topic and an enjoyable listen. There are some charts and diagrams you didn't get to see.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Focused more on the actual research rather then trying to make grand conclusions that they suggest a new "science"


    Any additional comments?

    Great introduction if you're not familiar with the latest in Behavioral Economics. However, I didn't buy the conclusion that these fascinating studies lead to a new "science" called "Social Physics." The experiments and use of modern technology is really interesting. But the findings are not new, these concepts have been hypothesized for some time (the experiments do a great job of proving them however).

    The book really lost me when the author tries to suggest his finding lead toward broader points. But I still enjoyed the book, worth a listen as this area is only going to grow in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
    (145)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (125)

    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.

    Rich Maloy says: "An absolute MUST READ for every entrepreneur"
    "Not worth the time"
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    Would you try another book from Brad Feld and David Cohen and/or Sean Pratt?

    Probably, these are smart, successful guys, but the format of this book (a bunch of blog articles that are pretty obvious and not very insightful) didn't work for me.


    Has Do More Faster turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Sean Pratt?

    Yes


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

    I guess if you are really just thinking about entrepreneurship for the first time and don't want to do some simple searches on the internet, there are some take aways here.


    Any additional comments?

    Just not enough deep insights, seemed really superficial and obvious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (3933)
    Performance
    (3489)
    Story
    (3498)

    In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

    Cynthia says: "The Art of (Unconventional) War"
    "Fun listent, but not Gladwell's best"
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    Would you try another book from Malcolm Gladwell and/or Malcolm Gladwell?

    I always enjoy Gladwell's books.


    Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

    Concepts were easy enough to understand, but I didn't feel Gladwell made the some sort of cohesive argument/case in this books as he has in his past works.


    What about Malcolm Gladwell’s performance did you like?

    He is a great storyteller, very engaging.


    Could you see David and Goliath being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Can't see it


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Seth Godin
    • Narrated By Seth Godin
    Overall
    (643)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (347)

    What do Starbucks and JetBlue and KrispyKreme and Apple and DutchBoy and Kensington and Zespri and Hard Candy have that you don't? How do they continue to confound critics and achieve spectacular growth, leaving behind former tried-and true brands to gasp their last? Face it, the checklist of tired P's marketers have used for decades to get their product noticed - Pricing, Promotion, Publicity, to name a few - aren't working anymore.

    Sunny says: "Excellent"
    ""Fluffy" overview of more substantive books"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This is a rather fluffy overview of several more substantive books (Geoff Moore's Crossing the Chasm and Malcolm Gladwell's Tipping Point) that uses cutesy names (ideavirus and purple cows) to describe phenomena that are already well documented in well researched and supported books. When the books does try to move into original areas the concepts tend to be very general and at times even wrong if you are familiar with the research.

    I was looking for more original thinking and advice on practical ways to apply the concepts discussed in the books.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Gladwell's new book.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The actual reading of the book was fine.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Purple Cow?

    Remove the cutesy names for things and add some substance. Turn this book into one chapter of a more substantive book.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is as very easy listen and will give you a basic introduction to the concepts covered. If you don't have time to read the more substantive books, this one isn't a terrible overview.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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