Built from Scratch

How a Couple of Regular Guys Grew The Home Depot from Nothing to $30 Billion
Narrated by: Mike Chamberlain
Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
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When a friend told Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank that "you've just been hit in the ass by a golden horseshoe," they thought he was crazy. After all, both had just been fired. What the friend, Ken Langone, meant was that they now had the opportunity to create the kind of wide-open warehouse store that would help spark a consumer revolution through low prices, excellent customer service, and wide availability of products.

Built from Scratch is the story of how two incredibly determined and creative people - and their associates - built a business from nothing to 761 stores and $30 billion in sales in a mere 20 years.

Built from Scratch tells many colorful stories associated with The Home Depot's founding and meteoric rise; shows that a company can be a tough, growth-oriented competitor, and still maintain a high sense of responsibility to the community; and provides great lessons useful to people in any business, from start-ups to the Fortune 500.

©1999 Homer TLC, Inc. (P)2017 Tantor
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Bezos must have read this book.

This was entertaining and educational. Concepts talked about in this book appear to be followed by Amazon to a large degree. Very few business books get a laugh out of me, but this book had a few stories that made me crack up. Anyone in business would benefit from this book.

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Great book on Home Depot

The book was written some 20 years ago and I believe the Home Depot culture has fallen to the side with the stores. I really enjoyed reading the book but visiting several Home Depots in the area the management and associates could use a refresher course on the Home Depot culture. The book inspired me on how a group of individual overcame numerous road blocks in the creation of Home Depot. It is a great read and all Home Depot associates should read it.

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First half is good

The first half of this book, which is mostly about the startup and growth of Home Depot, is great. Second half of the book is essentially a collection of stories of the good things the company has done for the community. And entire chapter was dedicated to what they did in Florida after a hurricane. Becomes very repetitive towards the end.

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A must read.

Awesome book. Love the story of Home Depot Company. A must read for business owners.

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Startup story is beautiful but then the book became commercial for Home Debot

The first few chapters were really great talking about the difficulties and different challenges they faced in starting Home Depot, however, after the stories about the startup, the book became soooo boring as if it were commercial for Home Depot and also contained self praising too many times. I wanted to stop listening in the middle of the book but decided to continue to the end hoping to find more useful lessons. I liked when they described the class action lawsuit filed against Home Depot and the thinking process and the analysis in handling it.

The voice over person did poor job, ok at best, they could have hired much better voice over talent to make the story more interesting and engaging.

The authors should have consulted persons who would give them genuine feedback to make a great book rather than letting them publish it with too many commercials-like statements for Home Depot and too many self praising which I believe reflected negatively on the book.

Finally, instead of keep calling company’s employees heroes and the cornerstone of its success, give them competitive salaries and benefits.

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A fluff piece for a company out of touch from what the company has become.

This is basically a one sided commercial for Home Depot and not the store that it has become today.

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Just love it!! Such an incredible inspiration for new entrepeneurs, a company that grew because of its values!!

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Very informative

It was a really good listen, easy, informative and the narrator was good. Good for any large size business focused on customer service

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A must listen for buisness people.

A great story worth listening to for learning about the customer and their role in success.

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Interesting, but maybe a bit dated

It was a solid book, but it occasionally feels a bit self-congratulatory. The company has impressive values but none of that seems particularly ground breaking.