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  • Online Business Startup

  • The Entrepreneur's Guide to Launching a Fast, Lean and Profitable Online Venture
  • By: Robin Waite
  • Narrated by: Craig Beck
  • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Online Business Startup isn't just a how-to guide in online marketing or SEO.... It contains everything an experienced entrepreneur wished he had known when he started in business. We are flooded with so much information in the digital world that it distracts us from the fundamentals of starting up and running a lean business. This book is ultimately an answer to the question "how can we quickly implement proven strategies for my online business and avoid all the noise?"

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Over rated in my opinion

  • By Marymskoger on 04-02-16

Great performance

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-13-18

The narrator keeps this dry material from getting too boring. I learned a lot and highly recommend this book.

  • Entrepreneurial You

  • Monetize Your Expertise, Create Multiple Income Streams, and Thrive
  • By: Dorie Clark
  • Narrated by: Dorie Clark
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

What does it take to create the career you want? It's no secret that the world of work has changed, and we're shifting toward an ever more entrepreneurial, self-reliant, work-from-wherever-you-are economy. That can be a liberating force. But there's a major obstacle professionals face when they contemplate taking the leap: how to actually make money doing what they love. You may have incredible talent and novel ideas, but figuring out how to get started, building your reputation in a new realm, and bringing in a steady flow of new clients can be a daunting prospect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you’re looking for something as practical as it is inspirational start here

  • By Eric on 11-26-17

One giant blog post?

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-18

this audiobook isn't bad but it doesn't have the feel of an actual business book. perhaps it's due to the author having a background in journalism or maybe it's a cobbled together collection of blog posts. I like the book and there is wisdom contained in here on self promotion that I found fascinating and useful. one key ingredient that isn't discussed in detail is that you need expertise in something.

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  • The Innovator's Dilemma

  • When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail
  • By: Clayton M. Christensen
  • Narrated by: L.J. Ganser
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 454
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396

His work is cited by the world's best-known thought leaders, from Steve Jobs to Malcolm Gladwell. In this classic best seller - one of the most influential business books of all time - innovation expert Clayton Christensen shows how even the most outstanding companies can do everything right - yet still lose market leadership. Christensen explains why most companies miss out on new waves of innovation.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This book is best read, not heard

  • By Andrea Rudert on 09-09-17

Everyone must read this!

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5 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 06-06-18

After reading that this was one of the books that most strongly influenced Steve Jobs, I decided to give it a read (or listen). Glad I did. It's counterintuitive and theoretically sound. Important advice to firms on maintaining themselves in dynamic markets.

  • Steve Jobs

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 25 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,361
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,324

Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting man

  • By Jeanne on 11-13-11

magnificent

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-18

I don't own a single Apple product, but you can't read this book and not be struck by his beautiful mind.

  • 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 2,405
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,104

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

a new take

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-27-18

I found the authors take on entrepreneurship as a lifestyle, as opposed too just a way to make money, refreshing,

  • Essentialism

  • The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
  • By: Greg McKeown
  • Narrated by: Greg McKeown
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,766
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,600
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,485

By forcing us to apply a more selective criteria for what is Essential, the disciplined pursuit of less empowers us to reclaim control of our own choices about where to spend our precious time and energy - instead of giving others the implicit permission to choose for us. Essentialism is not one more thing - it’s a whole new way of doing everything. It’s about doing less, but better, in every area of our lives. Essentialism is a movement whose time has come.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Multiple reads required

  • By Chris on 04-27-14

beautiful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-25-18

the contents of this book almost exactly reflect the humbleness and simplicity the author advocates for. it took me a while to see this. I expect to be listening to this one many many more times.

  • Zero to One

  • Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
  • By: Peter Thiel, Blake Masters
  • Narrated by: Blake Masters
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,890
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,706
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,672

The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. And the next Mark Zuckerberg won't create a social network. If you are copying these guys, you aren't learning from them. It's easier to copy a model than to make something new: doing what we already know how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But every time we create something new, we go from 0 to 1.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Seems Insightful Until You Think A Little Deeper

  • By Mark Brandon on 10-31-14

a real gem

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-23-18

it's rare that I encounter business books that are a deep as this. kiddos to the author. great narrator too.

  • Side Hustle

  • From Idea to Income in 27 Days
  • By: Chris Guillebeau
  • Narrated by: Chris Guillebeau
  • Length: 4 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 658
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 573
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567

For some people, the thought of quitting their day job to pursue the entrepreneurial life is exhilarating. For many others, it's terrifying. After all, a stable job that delivers a regular paycheck is a blessing. And not everyone has the means or the desire to take on the risks and responsibilities of working for themselves. But what if we could quickly and easily create an additional stream of income without giving up the security of a full-time job? Enter the side hustle.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just $100 Startup" distilled - At Double speed.

  • By Daniel L on 09-25-17

somewhat repetitive

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-21-18

I enjoyed all the stories about other entrepreneurs but it lacked real substance compared to other books like the lean startup.

  • Waking Up

  • A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion
  • By: Sam Harris
  • Narrated by: Sam Harris
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,521
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,679
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,602

From multiple New York Times best-selling author, neuroscientist, and "new atheist" Sam Harris, Waking Up is for the 30 percent of Americans who follow no religion, but who suspect that Jesus, Buddha, Lao Tzu, Rumi, and the other saints and sages of history could not have all been epileptics, schizophrenics, or frauds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Excellent and Inspiring Listen

  • By Jeffrey on 09-12-14

charting new ground

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-18

This book explores the realm of consciousness and how we can enhance it without dogma. I highly recommend this book although it felt incomplete at the end. Perhaps that's why Harris said he was looking to start a conversation with this work because there is so much more research that can be done.

  • Goodbye, Things

  • The New Japanese Minimalism
  • By: Fumio Sasaki, Eriko Sugita - translator
  • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 4 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,810
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,787

Fumio Sasaki is not an enlightened minimalism expert or organizing guru like Marie Kondo - he's just a regular guy who was stressed out and constantly comparing himself to others, until one day he decided to change his life by saying goodbye to everything he didn't absolutely need. The effects were remarkable: Sasaki gained true freedom, new focus, and a real sense of gratitude for everything around him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Practical , Deep and Self-Reflection

  • By Anonymous User on 05-11-17

modern but relevant

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-16-18

Detailed discussion of minimalism that isn't full of new age... stuff. The author may be Japanese, but his thoughts are relevant to anyone living in a market economy. I highly recommend this book to anyone suffering under the weight of their things.