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The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses | [Eric Ries]

The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.
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Publisher's Summary

Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.< /p>

Eric Ries defines a startup as an organization dedicated to creating something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty. This is just as true for one person in a garage or a group of seasoned professionals in a Fortune 500 boardroom. What they have in common is a mission to penetrate that fog of uncertainty to discover a successful path to a sustainable business.

The Lean Startup approach fosters companies that are both more capital efficient and that leverage human creativity more effectively. Inspired by lessons from lean manufacturing, it relies on “validated learning”, rapid scientific experimentation, as well as a number of counter-intuitive practices that shorten product-development cycles, measure actual progress without resorting to vanity metrics, and learn what customers really want. It enables a company to shift directions with agility, altering plans inch by inch, minute by minute.

Rather than wasting time creating elaborate business plans, The Lean Startup offers entrepreneurs - in companies of all sizes - a way to test their vision continuously, to adapt and adjust before it’s too late. Ries provides a scientific approach to creating and managing successful startups in a age when companies need to innovate more than ever.

©2011 Eric Ries (P)2011 Random House

What the Critics Say

"Eric has created a science where previously there was only art. A must read for every serious entrepreneur—and every manager interested in innovation." (Marc Andreessen, co-founder of Andreessen Horowitz, Opsware Inc., and Netscape)

"At Asana, we've been lucky to benefit from Eric's advice firsthand; this book will enable him to help many more entrepreneurs answer the tough questions about their business." (Dustin Moskovitz, co-founder of Facebook and Asana)

"In business, a ‘lean’ enterprise is sustainable efficiency in action. Eric Ries’ revolutionary Lean Startup method will help bring your new business idea to an end result that is successful and sustainable. You’ll find innovative steps and strategies for creating and managing your own startup while learning from the real-life successes and collapses of others. This book is a must read for entrepreneurs who are truly ready to start something great!” (Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager and The One Minute Entrepreneur.)

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    Todd 11-09-14
    Todd 11-09-14 Member Since 2014
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    The book was overall a great read and worth the money if I had paid for it. This was my first audio book so it was free. I was hoping to get a little more information for becoming a successful entrepreneur out of this book, but I found that it had a lot of review with lean manufacturing concepts and tools that I already have quite a bit of experience due to my career in engineering. This would be a great book for someone with a business or marketing background with little or no experience in manufacturing. I still learned some good concepts and notes in the book that I have written down for a future reference in the years to come. Eric is a good reader and flowed through the book very well.

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    Henrik Ebbeskog 10-02-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Agile at a business level"
    What made the experience of listening to The Lean Startup the most enjoyable?

    A great concept. Lots of great real life stories.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No characters in book.


    Which character – as performed by Eric Ries – was your favorite?

    No characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Same as the title :-)


    Any additional comments?

    A really great book on how to have an agile mindset.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Reno, NV United States 08-31-14
    Douglas Reno, NV United States 08-31-14 Member Since 2013

    doug7668

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    "Really really good"
    What did you love best about The Lean Startup?

    Eric Ries has figured it out. We are switching software platforms which will allow us to Build-Measure-Learn at a rapid pace.


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    Ivan Vazquez Rodriguez 05-15-14
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    "This is a magic book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Lean Startup to be better than the print version?

    Well, miss to have access to some kind of visual schema that made me probably to listen several times the same idea.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The structure and the full explanation. The book is lovely.


    Have you listened to any of Eric Ries’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


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

    I would love to have the time to do that, yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    steven SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 03-26-14
    steven SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 03-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Could not even make it through half the book"

    Bored all the way through. Just talked about his own personal experience and was not able to relate it to any business techniques.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James Tharpe Roswell, GA 03-21-14
    James Tharpe Roswell, GA 03-21-14 Member Since 2012

    James

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    "Fantastic overview of Lean"

    This book is a fantastic overview how to apply the scientific process to make the most of a startup's limited capital and produce the best possible product. Virtually every concept is useful and applicable, even in the context of a large enterprise. My only complaint (why I didn't give it five stars) is that the book lacks overall depth - just as I'm really excited and ready to dive-in to a topic, the book moves on. The book is still plenty useful, but if it had been twice as long it probably would have been at least four times as good

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark DRYDEN, NY, United States 03-12-14
    Mark DRYDEN, NY, United States 03-12-14 Member Since 2012
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    "OK. Not quite above and beyond..."
    What did you like best about The Lean Startup? What did you like least?

    Decent ideas, nothing exceptional. It won't make you suddenly become an Apple...


    What three words best describe Eric Ries’s voice?

    Minimum viable product.


    Who do you think would benefit most from listening to The Lean Startup?

    I'm not sure. I will certainly keep the main concepts in mind, but I think anyone should know when to "pivot or persevere."


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Noah New York, New York 03-10-14
    Noah New York, New York 03-10-14
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    "A scientific approach to starting a company"
    What made the experience of listening to The Lean Startup the most enjoyable?

    I really resonated with the way the rational, scientific way that the author thinks. Everything he said made sense. That's a rare occurrence, at least for this listener.


    Any additional comments?

    Most people don't realize how much they don't know. When starting a company, as in many areas of life, it seems good to have a systematic way of figuring out what you don't know, and then knowing it. The scientific method has a proven track record of turning unknown unknowns into known unknowns, and then into knowns.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, United States 03-10-14
    Daniel BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, United States 03-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "BUY THIS BOOK IT WILL TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely because it can save their company's life and definitely save them a lot of time...


    What did you like best about this story?

    The book gives you specific strategies and views on how to effectively build a company from the very bottom to multi-million dollar business with great examples and effective strategies. I am using the strategies from my bedroom and am already getting feedback from future users and customers...


    Have you listened to any of Eric Ries’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes when he talks about validated learning and the power of lean thinking with feedback and pivots.


    Any additional comments?

    Get this book, you WILL NOT regret it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Sherwood, OR, United States 02-28-14
    Jason Sherwood, OR, United States 02-28-14 Member Since 2005

    Some days you need to take a break from getting better and just enjoy a great tale. Whatever your mood you can find it here at Audible.

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    "Outstanding-A must for anyone working in software!"

    I've been working in software for well over 15 years and this book contains so many fundamental principles in delivering a quality product that I recommended to my entire team. I'm a product manager in ecommerce at the number one sportswear company in the world and everyone I've convinced to read or listen to this book has had a similar reaction.

    If you are involved with (or want to be) delivering software products you should make this an essential part of your business book library. I insist that all my direct reports listen or read this book.

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  • Matthew
    London, United Kingdom
    1/23/12
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    "It has changed how I do business"

    This has completely changed the way I have recently launched two businesses. It is brilliant.

    Be patient and the blocks will fall into place.

    The text has inspired me to seek regular new business ideas to build and launch. I've started helping two friends already who have bought into the idea.

    I'm not sure if it's a new idea, but it's the first time I've been exposed to the ethos.

    A really good read.

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  • Kev Partner
    Alton, Hamshire
    1/20/12
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    "Quite simply the best business book of the year"

    I've read a lot of business books (and also written one) and this is the best I've seen in a long time. It could just as easily have been titled "The Scientific Startup" but I guess that might have scared people off. It outlines a scientific method for planning and running a startup that prevents costly errors and ensures the entrepreneur(s) learn enough about their business and the market in which it operates to decide their next step. It's essentially about running sequential experiments testing the fundamental assumptions about the business (eg "will customers buy this?") in the quickest, cheapest and most effective way so the startup is a learning organisation (indeed that, rather than the pursuit of money is the point of a startup according to Ries).

    This is the first book I've ever listened to, bought on Kindle and then bought the paperback so I can scribble. There's plenty of hyperbole around when it comes to business books but this is a radical, and much needed, shift to the way startups are run. First class.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • B
    birmingham, United Kingdom
    5/15/12
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    "Stunning, Amazing, Incredible,"

    I wasn't totally sure I was doing the right thing buying this. The reviews on audible seemed too good to be true and I'd never heard of the author or the title before. Let me re-assure you that you should not hesitate for a second. This is a tour de force. It's worth ten if not a hundred times the price you pay here. There are so many brilliant concepts introduced , the minimum viable product philosophy , validated learning and loads more. If you know nothing about lean techniques it would be worth giving yourself a little primer before you start on this title. I will be listening again next time with pen and paper in hand so I can actually detail the clear and logical steps you must take to make your start up company or start up product within an established company a great success.

    It's a fantastic listen, no fluff just evidential backed techniques to adopt throughout the start up process. The reason why a lot of it rings true is that it is all highly logical.

    If you strive to be cutting edge this will change the way you approach your entire business.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    United Kingdom
    2/14/12
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    "Startups and product developers should take note"

    Humble and persuasive, the author highlights through his own struggles how he came to apply a lean manufacturing mindset to software development. What is particularly fascinating to me is how well this translates to all business startups not just to product development. Excellent stuff. @upfinder

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Byron
    Wendover, United Kingdom
    10/23/12
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    "A mixed bag"

    An interesting listen. The content of the book is interesting, detailed and comprehensive. The case studies used in the piece are fantastic and in terms of gaining value from the book I have already been able to apply some of the techniques in my day job.



    However, the only negative would be the delivery of the content. This audio is not something that you will look forward to listening to.. although you can see the benefit in listening to the book. It is similar to a child being force fed their greens. In the sense you know that their may be some benefit in listening to the audio but you would rather eat sweets or watch TV in my case.



    It is worth a credit however, sample the audio before you purchase as the delivery may not suit.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • jim
    sale, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "How to market an invention/new product"

    Good read, with some interesting ideas. However the focus is more towards what to do when you have made a product/invention so sometimes irrelevant to people who provide services or operate their business through a trade. With that in mind i do feel its a good book but improperly titled.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • marco
    cassano delle murge, Italy
    7/22/12
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    "worth"

    it is a fantastic purchase worth if you have the book to reed it is better

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Emma
    MILTON KEYNES, United Kingdom
    12/7/14
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    "Excellent"

    A brilliant book for anyone wanting to start a business or launch new products. It took me a while to get in to it, but I'm glad I did. I'm on my second listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Raoul
    7/7/14
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    "A must read for anyone building a start-up company"

    Anyone building or considering founding a startup company should read/listen to this book and you could potentially save a lot of money and time. Do this earlier, rather than later.
    The MVP concept is where many tech startups get it wrong the first time.

    It's was also great that it was narrated by the author himself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • N. NELSON
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    4/29/14
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    "Liked the idea, didn't give enough detail"
    Would you try another book written by Eric Ries or narrated by Eric Ries?

    Not sure? Maybe


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I was happy with the book in general but felt like a I needed more to complete where my head needed to go.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Eric Ries?

    Yes, he narrates well


    Do you think The Lean Startup needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, there's plenty more that could be added to it like a full working structure of how the lean start-up was implemented step by step


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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