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  • The Hard Thing About Hard Things

  • Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
  • By: Ben Horowitz
  • Narrated by: Kevin Kenerly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,714
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,456
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,418

Ben Horowitz offers essential advice on building and running a startup - practical wisdom for managing the toughest problems business school doesn’t cover, based on his popular ben’s blog. While many people talk about how great it is to start a business, very few are honest about how difficult it is to run one. The Hard Thing About Hard Things is invaluable for veteran entrepreneurs as well as those aspiring to their own new ventures, drawing from Horowitz’s personal and often humbling experiences.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • For large company managers, not startups

  • By Thomas on 03-18-14

great

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Reviewed: 12-24-18

may be i should read this book again in the future. thanks for sharing your own experience. b ch.

  • Managing Oneself

  • By: Peter F Drucker
  • Narrated by: uncredited
  • Length: 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,919
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,319
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,288

Today's successful careers are not planned out in advance. They develop when people are prepared for opportunities because they have asked themselves the right questions and have rigorously assessed their unique characteristics. This article challenges listeners to take responsibility for managing their futures, both in and out of the office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great

  • By Paul on 05-29-08

not bad

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Reviewed: 12-18-18

I am going through the process of getting a new way to get the latest version of my favorite part of the day and night.

  • The Innovators

  • How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Dennis Boutsikaris
  • Length: 17 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,641
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,948
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,936

Following his blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, The Innovators is Walter Isaacson’s revealing story of the people who created the computer and the Internet. It is destined to be the standard history of the digital revolution and an indispensable guide to how innovation really happens. What were the talents that allowed certain inventors and entrepreneurs to turn their visionary ideas into disruptive realities? What led to their creative leaps? Why did some succeed and others fail?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • With Atlantean Shoulders, Fit to Bear

  • By W Perry Hall on 10-06-15

great book

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Reviewed: 11-27-18

it's one of the most beautiful books about innovators. thanks a lot for aspiration and inspiration. we can shape the future.

  • Great by Choice

  • By: Jim Collins, Morten T. Hansen
  • Narrated by: Jim Collins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,308
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,965
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,959

The new question: Ten years after the worldwide bestseller Good to Great, Jim Collins returns to ask: Why do some companies thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and others do not? In Great by Choice, Collins and his colleague, Morten T. Hansen, enumerate the principles for building a truly great enterprise in unpredictable, tumultuous, and fast-moving times. The new study: Great by Choice distinguishes itself from Collins’s prior work by its focus on the type of unstable environments faced by leaders today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Real Insight!!

  • By Kurt on 11-03-11

great book

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Reviewed: 11-11-18

great by choice is really a great book. I liked more the fanatic discipline and paranoid productivity and experimental creativity. thanks.

  • The $100 Startup

  • Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future
  • By: Chris Guillebeau
  • Narrated by: Chris Guillebeau, Thomas Vincent Kelly
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,527
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,205

Still in his early 30s, Chris is on the verge of completing a tour of every country on earth – he’s already visited more than 175 nations - and yet he’s never held a “real job” or earned a regular paycheck. Rather, he has a special genius for turning ideas into income, and he uses what he earns both to support his life of adventure and to give back. In The $100 Startup, he tells you how to lead of life of adventure, meaning and purpose - and earn a good living.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just love this book!

  • By Elton on 12-15-12

simple and worthy

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Reviewed: 10-23-18

simple language
great samples
good stories
aspiring startups
inspiring successes
thanks for the book .

  • Outliers

  • The Story of Success
  • By: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Gladwell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,713
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,927
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,914

In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers" - the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too many examples, not enough ideas...

  • By Felix on 04-11-12

good luck

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Reviewed: 09-26-18

that is the best way to get the most part of 8th grade and the other side

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  • Scaling Up

  • How a Few Companies Make It...and Why the Rest Don't, Rockefeller Habits 2.0
  • By: Verne Harnish
  • Narrated by: Spencer Cannon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,101
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,098

It's been over a decade since Verne Harnish's best-selling book Mastering the Rockefeller Habits was first released. Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It...and Why the Rest Don't is the first major revision of this business classic. In Scaling Up, Harnish and his team share practical tools and techniques for building an industry-dominating business.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's good – but mostly for large companies

  • By Oliver Nielsen on 11-20-16

great people need great book

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Reviewed: 09-18-18

I enjoyed reading this book and it's full of business changing information and tools. I will read it again for sure.

  • Eat That Frog!

  • By: Brian Tracy
  • Narrated by: Brian Tracy
  • Length: 2 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 196

There just isn't enough time for everything on our to-do list - and there never will be. Successful people don't try to do everything. They learn to focus on the most important tasks and make sure those get done. They eat their frogs. There's an old saying that if the first thing you do each morning is eat a live frog, you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you're done with the worst thing you'll have to do all day. For Tracy, eating a frog is a metaphor for tackling your most challenging task - but also the one that can have the greatest positive impact on your life. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beneficial to work ethic

  • By Christopher on 08-29-18

great book

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Reviewed: 09-11-18

the only thing I can do it for the first time in the morning and I will be a good time to time and money.

  • What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite

  • By: David DiSalvo
  • Narrated by: David DiSalvo
  • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

Science writer David DiSalvo reveals a remarkable paradox: what your brain wants is frequently not what your brain needs. In fact, much of what makes our brains "happy" leads to errors, biases, and distortions, which make getting out of our own way extremely difficult. DiSalvo's search includes forays into evolutionary and social psychology, cognitive science, neurology, and even marketing and economics - as well as interviews with many of the top thinkers in psychology and neuroscience today.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cursory but not instructive

  • By Sean on 08-02-12

great but difficult

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Reviewed: 09-07-18

it a new and great subject about that great organ, the brain. but language was difficult...

  • 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 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

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

great great book

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Reviewed: 08-26-18

the most interesting thing in this book is seeing your goal of 3 years. i.e. business model and factory model. thanks