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The Intelligent Entrepreneur Audiobook

The Intelligent Entrepreneur

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Publisher's Summary

Written with the cooperation of Harvard Business School, here is an instructive and inspiring book for anyone who dreams of starting a highly profitable business.

In 1998, three Harvard Business School graduates - two men and one woman - turned down six-figure salaries at big corporations, bet on themselves, and launched their own new companies. By their 10-year reunion, their audacity had paid huge dividends. They'd made many millions of dollars, created hundreds of jobs, and left their mark on the world.

The three entrepreneurs: Marc Cenedella (TheLadders.com), Marla Malcom Beck (Bluemercury.com), and Chris Michel (Military.com, Affinity Labs).

Based on dozens of interviews with highly successful entrepreneurs, Harvard Business School professors, and HBS alumni, The Intelligent Entrepreneur tells the compelling and instructive story of how these three young founders developed ideas, assembled teams, built ventures, and achieved their dreams. Along the way, they learned that starting great companies requires much more than a ferocious work ethic or good timing. Their hard-won insights distilled into 10 key rules that will help anyone become a successful entrepreneur. What they teach you at Harvard Business School is that intelligent entrepreneurship can be learned. In that spirit, Bill Murphy Jr. uses a unique combination of vivid storytelling and lucid instruction to tell would-be entrepreneurs how to improve their odds of creating dynamic, lasting businesses.

This audiobook includes an exclusive roundtable discussion with Marc Cenedella, Marla Malcom Beck, and Chris Michel.

©2010 Bill Murphy (P)2010 Audible, Inc

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Winner - Best Business/Educational Audiobook, 2011

"This is an excellent, thought-provoking overview of entrepreneurship... that uses actual cases to describe the challenges of starting a business and realizing success." (Booklist)

"Narrators Fred Berman and L.J. Ganser split the narration, chapter by chapter, with one delivering the true-life accounts of three entrepreneurs who attended HBS while the other delivers the theoretical lessons to be learned from attending HBS." (AudioFile)

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    Jdestinas 10-20-10
    Jdestinas 10-20-10 Member Since 2016
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    "Real Life Examples"

    I really like this book. The real life examples put theory to the test. Other than the sometimes annoying "shout out" to the Harvard Business School, this book was very interesting. It allows you to learn from the real life decisions that were needed to start, survive and cash out three real life businesses. Its good for anyone doubting their potential entrepreneurial abilities.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Kenny 09-22-16
    Kenny 09-22-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Good Listen. Interesting perspective"
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    I liked this book. I liked how it followed the story of different people from the beginning.

    I also found it interesting to have the people interviewed at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jason 05-01-16
    Jason 05-01-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Slow start, life changing finish"

    I'm trying to decide if the first eight chapters are necessary to get to know the characters. But from chapter 9 on the book is amazing, and a must read for entrepreneurs who need to understand the perseverance necessary for building a phenomenal business.
    Thank you for this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Green 03-04-16
    Green 03-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesome Book!"

    This book was awesome, entertaining, useful, insightful, and motivating. It was exactly what I expected based on the title and synopsis of the book. It was very well written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mike LAKE MILLS, IOWA, United States 01-06-16
    Mike LAKE MILLS, IOWA, United States 01-06-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Good story, Kept my attention"
    If you could sum up The Intelligent Entrepreneur in three words, what would they be?

    smooth, and well done


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Intelligent Entrepreneur?

    The fall of the internet boom


    What does Fred Berman and L. J. Ganser bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Character


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

    yes, and I almost did.


    Any additional comments?

    Great case studies

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    Shoumik Maiti 11-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good book"

    The book covers some of the key aspects if entrepreneurship. Highly motivational.

    However it is not a how to manual

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    R. L. P. Charleston, WV 11-11-15
    R. L. P. Charleston, WV 11-11-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Story time with Bill"

    I'm hours in and he has yet to get to the point. So far it's simply a bunch of stories of entrepreneurs that have yet to have any significance. Save your money. This book is a complete waste.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ehud Shavit Ramot-Menashe, Israel 10-28-15
    Ehud Shavit Ramot-Menashe, Israel 10-28-15 Member Since 2014

    Entrepreneur and Consultant - Business, Innovation Management, Technology Transfer, Information Technology. EE-Ms.C., MBA.

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    "Great stories - less than great learning"

    This book is very interestingly telling the stories of three different entrepreneurs. From this aspect, it is a good and interesting multi-biography. I like interesting biographies and believe they are contributing.

    However, this is far from the book's claim for fame, which is to teach you how to be an intelligent entrepreneur. It does not do that, and if you expect that you will get very little of what you expect. In fact several other books I listened to in the last year or so are EACH doing a better job in this sense, and maybe I should mention: The Lean Startup, Venture Deals, Do More Faster, and Startup CEO.

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    Rafiq Kiswani 04-05-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Relevant book"

    I was able to relate to many parts of the book. I recommend strongly to any entrepreneur on first, second , or many ventures or start ups.

    Thank you

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    William 03-31-15
    William 03-31-15
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    "Must read"

    Amazing book, great story that gives you hands on and real advice for starting and operating your business. Must read

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