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LOUISVILLE, KY, United States
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  • Primal Branding

  • Create Zealots for Your Brand, Your Company, and Your Future
  • By: Patrick Hanlon
  • Narrated by: Alan Sklar
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 116

What is it that made Starbucks an overnight sensation and separated it from other coffee house companies? Why do many products with great product innovation, perfect locations, terrific customer experiences, even breakthrough advertising, fail to get the same visceral traction in the marketplace as brands like Apple and Nike?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • priceless

  • By Christopher W Chrebet on 10-03-06

A lot of talk, no proof

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-24-18

I listened for over 2 hours snd took notes. I realized there was nothing being said that was associated with any measurable improvement.

I don't have time to endure 8 hours of someone talking who can't prove their value proposition.

  • Bootstrap Finance

  • The Art of Start-Ups
  • By: Amar V. Bhide
  • Narrated by: Deaver Brown
  • Length: 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 47

Entrepreneurship is more popular than ever: courses are full, policymakers emphasize new ventures, managers yearn to go off on their own. Would-be founders often misplace their energies, however. Believing in a "big money" model of entrepreneurship, they spend a lot of time trying to attract investors instead of using wits and hustle to get their ideas off the ground.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Ian on 05-07-08

Interesting data collection but hard to follow

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-17-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I'm not sure I can give a good review because I didn't really follow much of what was said. I liked that he had a methodical approach to interviewing start-up founders but I didn't really get a good feel for what he was suggesting as the take aways.

  • Inventor's Workshop

  • How to Develop and Market Your Inventions
  • By: Bob Schmidt
  • Narrated by: Clay Teunis
  • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Practical guide showing inventors how to develop, prototype, protect, and market their inventions. Bob is an engineer with over 25 years experience developing and marketing products. He used his corporate and entrepreneurial experience to develop this step-by-step guide to help fellow inventors develop their products using a "boot strapping" approach. This helps inventors to successfully develop and market their inventions without breaking the bank.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Information for any inventor

  • By Keith Edwards on 06-12-17

Not enough information to be very useful

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-16-17

What would have made Inventor's Workshop better?

This book contains some basic information but not nearly enough to do much good. I would liken it to a map that talks about the start and destination and a few points in between but is missing many details regarding pitfalls and turns to make along the way.Stephen Key's book "One Simple Idea" will give you much more information but it is also missing key information that is crucial to success.Use this book to fill in a few pieces of the puzzle but don't rely on it as your sole source for learning to license or venture your product.

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  • The Fire Starter Sessions

  • A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms
  • By: Danielle LaPorte
  • Narrated by: Danielle LaPorte
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506

As the creator of DanielleLaPorte.com - deemed "the best place online for kick-ass spirituality," Danielle LaPorte’s straight-talk life-and-livelihood sermons have inspired over one million people. Bold but empathetic, she reframes popular self-help and success concepts.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved idea but some of the "passion" was "cheesy"

  • By Valarie on 12-16-12

Subconscious

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-15-17

This is a very "right brain" type of book that has a thousand jewels scattered throughout a lot of rambling. If you are an intuitive person then you will likely rate this book higher. Im a very linear thinker so it's very difficult for me to process so many thoughts scattered throughout the book.

This is a book that will speak to your intuitive subconscious. I was inspired several times while listening by the core principles that were being outlined. I would likely gain a lot if I were able to spend time with the author but my serial processing left brain couldn't absorb this many thoughts at once.

This is the kind of book that can unlock your intuitive and creative mind. It's like one of those pictures that you can't see until you concentrate on letting your eyes unfocus.

I may come back to it but if I do I'll make sure I'm listening while laying down with zero distractions. I think I could absorb the core principles much better that way.

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  • Enchantment

  • The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions
  • By: Guy Kawasaki
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 462
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 315

Enchantment, as defined by bestselling business guru Guy Kawasaki, is not about manipulating people. It transforms situations and relationships. It converts hostility into civility and civility into affinity. It changes the skeptics and cynics into the believers and the undecided into the loyal. Enchantment can happen during a retail transaction, a high-level corporate negotiation, or a Facebook update.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I judged a book by it's cover-story

  • By Derek on 04-14-11

Not authoritative

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-14-17

Lots of thoughts but lacked evidence that these were tested and proven methods. I like the basic idea but I don't feel like this book delivered value.

  • Scaling Lean

  • Mastering the Key Metrics for Startup Growth
  • By: Ash Maurya
  • Narrated by: Ash Maurya
  • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77

In the early stages of a tech startup's life, it's hard to decipher the meaningful metrics from the distractions. How do you know if your product is working? Is it the number of new signups? Average amount of time spent on the site? Revenue, even if you don't have a revenue model yet? In Scaling Lean, serial entrepreneur and author of the startup cult classic Running Lean Ash Maurya offers a tactical handbook for measuring and scaling a tech startup with maximum efficiency and efficacy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good information but a little hard to follow

  • By Tony on 03-10-17

Good information but a little hard to follow

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Probably so. There were enough examples in the book to get a feel for how to implement the ideas. However, it was difficult to follow because the flow seemed choppy.

What aspect of Ash Maurya’s performance would you have changed?

I really liked the flow of the example he gave about how he tested product market fit when considering writing his book. I would have liked to see 20 more examples like that for various types of businesses.

What did you take away from Scaling Lean that you can apply to your work?

Stop spending a lot of time developing a product before doing the market interviews. I have to start with learning what people consider a big problem and what solutions they value the most first. Shift from "inventor thinking" to "entrepreneurial thinking"

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  • Design Thinking (Harvard Business Review)

  • By: Tim Brown, Harvard Business Review
  • Narrated by: Todd Mundt
  • Length: 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 150
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 151

The CEO and president of IDEO writes that when designers are involved from the very beginning of the innovation process, startling new ideas can result - as a U.S. health care provider, a Japanese bicycle components manufacturer, and a system of Indian eye hospitals learned.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Only examples

  • By Jose Lira on 07-25-18

Mind opening

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-21-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. It is short but it gives a few good examples of how incorporating design thinking into the product development process up front vs. at the end made all the difference. Its been my experience and, from what I can tell, the experience of the overwhelming percentage of inventors and product developers to try to solve a problem before understanding what the market sees as the real problem. That leads to small ideas with narrow if any markets.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Design Thinking (Harvard Business Review)?

The examples were eye opening. They gave me a great feel for what "Design Thinking" really means and how its invaluable.

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

no

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

yes

  • Jump Start Your Brain!

  • 50,000 Volts of Ideas for Cranking Your Cranium and Turning Your Dreams Into Reality
  • By: Doug Hall
  • Narrated by: Doug Hall
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 82
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 83

Do you find yourself aching to break away from the mundane routine of the status quo? Do you often come up with innovative ideas, but soon find yourself dismissing them? Doug shares with you many of the success principles and applications that he developed and tested at the unique Eureka! Ranch, extraordinary techniques that can virtually transform your business.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Many inspirations

  • By Pennie Arthachinta on 06-30-18

Good but not a lot to act on

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-22-16

the general principles outlined were great but overall the advice seemed vague. Not very memorable.

  • Smarter Faster Better

  • The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business
  • By: Charles Duhigg
  • Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,625
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,805
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,739

Drawing on the latest findings in neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral economics - as well as the experiences of CEOs, educational reformers, four-star generals, FBI agents, airplane pilots, and Broadway songwriters - this painstakingly researched book explains that the most productive people, companies, and organizations don't merely act differently. They view the world, and their choices, in profoundly different ways.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Long and drawn out

  • By Joel on 08-05-16

Interesting stories. Tough to digest.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-19-16

I enjoyed the real life stories which helped to frame the concepts. Several significant frameworks were described. I think it would be difficult to try to implement this information without having a coach to help.

  • The Obstacle Is the Way

  • The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph
  • By: Ryan Holiday
  • Narrated by: Ryan Holiday
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,395
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,165

We are stuck, stymied, frustrated. But it needn't be this way. There is a formula for success that's been followed by the icons of history - from John D. Rockefeller to Amelia Earhart to Ulysses S. Grant to Steve Jobs - a formula that let them turn obstacles into opportunities. Faced with impossible situations, they found the astounding triumphs we all seek.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book I wish I had 25 years ago

  • By Jason DeFillippo on 05-08-14

the end interview is the best part<br />

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-17-16

Things to ponder but mostly subjective information framed around a young person's perspective and interpretation of several philosophers.