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Publisher's Summary

Finally, a business book for makers, not managers.

Are you ready to "make a dent in the universe"? As a creative, you no longer have to take a backseat. In fact, stepping up and embracing entrepreneurship is the fastest route to impact. But where do you start? And what sets the businesses that succeed apart?

To find out, we asked the bright minds behind companies like Google X, Warby Parker, Facebook, O’Reilly Media, and more to share their startup wisdom. Featuring hard-won wisdom from 20 leading entrepreneurs and designers, 99U’s Make Your Mark will arm you with practical insights for launching a purpose-driven business, refining your product, delighting your customers, inspiring your team - and ultimately - making something that matters.

Make Your Mark features contributions from: Will Allen, Rich Armstrong, Warren Berger, Sean Blanda, Neil Blumenthal, Craig Dalton, Jane ni Dhulchaointigh, Aaron Dignan, Andy Dunn, Joel Gascoigne, Seth Godin, Chris Guillebeau, Emily Heyward, John Maeda, David Marquet, Tim O’Reilly, Shane Snow, Sebastian Thrun, Keith Yamashita, and Julie Zhuo. Plus, a foreword from Behance founder Scott Belsky.

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Motivating and inspiring book

The stories are different but filed with inspired outcomes.
I am taking my stand today...because the world needs to share my ideas.
Planning for the perfect entry into any industry is keeping an idea from blossoming.
Start first and learn as we go!
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Excellent, practical information

I really enjoyed this book. I evaluate books of this type by the practical take aways. This book was filled to the rim with great advice.

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Invest in Yourself

This is a great overview on multiple different topics by experts in their field. I liked the individual tactics and behaviors suggested to achieve the win in each category.

Another solid piece from 99u

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Inspiration for those who want to make an impact.

Make Your Mark is a perfect place to start once you discover that happiness is found in making an impact with what you do and what you make. It's practical advice for building a business on the principle of giving.

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Rehashed insights curated poorly... and narrated without affect.

I have no issues with information being presented in useful or novel ways. Often times, substantial value is created for the reader (or listener) when seminal works are presented from a specific angle or perspective. When done well, this information becomes either 1: more actionable, or 2: busts a myth or creates insights on a well-known but misunderstood concept.

This work misses the mark on (at least) three counts
1: the case studies cited are basic reportage at best and rehashed fluff at worst. This could have been improved greatly by demonstrating *how* the cited instances could actually help the reader achieve the outcome the title of the book hints at.

2: “focus on listening to and pleasing customers” was a quote the author attributed to Amazon. After reading this book, I do not feel that this book hit either mark. Rather, I feel the book was written as an opportunity to network and reward promotional partners.

3: narration was mechanical. Though not unpleasant to listen to, the narration was the female equivalent of “Ben stein” reading. While the narration is clear and intelligible, it is absent of any affect or connection. When combined with the previous two points, this final point truly makes me wonder how much the author cares about serving their audience vs putting out another title.
Sad.

Tl;dr summary:
If you are a marketing, CX, or are business analysis pro who is sick of hearing yet another author cite Cialdini... poorly, you will gain nothing by adding this book to your library.

If you are new to business or are transitioning to being an entrepreneur (hit you already are one) and Cialdini, Deming, Hopkins, Ries are new names to you... start with another book, or start at the source.

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  • Hans
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Awful experience

The book is not what I supposed it to be.
Full of round sentences expressing virtually nothing and examples without any rhyme or reason.
No evidence behind the statements, which are so general that they bring no value.
I cannot see any feasible outcome coming from listening to this book.
No takeaways and no meaningful content.
I definitely not recommend to anybody buying this piece of advice.
I felt deeply disappointed and dissatisfied by this book.

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Great info

Great info about how business should and does work in these times. Very inspirational and aspirational; I'm recommending to friends and clients.

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  • Paul
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  • 06-26-15

Time Management for the Flintstones and Jurasic Ag

What would have made Make Your Mark better?

The book is written from the sole perspective of someone who works at a task best performed by a solitary sole. Interaction with others is an evil to be purged from your day. If your creativity involves a Service role where thise so-called distractions and interruptions are the core of your business .. a teacher, a performer, a carer, a commercial artist or photographer, then DONT BUY THIS BOOK. If the phone ringing or email beeping to the arrival of a customer, or a new student, or a gig booking, then pass by swiftly. If your creativity is blogging, tweeting, and emailing to keep your profile i the customer's field of view, then do not walk past, run for your life, this book will kill your business. If you, like this author, are an author who best works in cave hidden away from others, then email me and I will gift you my copy of this Stone Age Technophobic book. Quote, "It's not good enough to be busy ... ants are busy ... blah blah." Well Ms Glei, ants are very a effective community. They communicate with each ant they meet on their relentless role of fostering and caring for the community. They creatively adapt to their environment in amazing ways - ask a biological scientist if you disagree. Not everyone who is creative needs or is best working as an island. And your comment on there being no such thing as effective human multi-tasking is laughably wrong. Not a book for anyone other than a non-commercial writer/novelist/author/sculptor/painter, Not even a journalist could use this poor book.

Would you ever listen to anything by Jocelyn K. Glei (Editor) again?

Not likely

What does Joyce Bean bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The missed opportunity of hurling this paperback into the trash can.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Astonishment and disappointment

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  • Tina
  • 03-17-17

Very helpful

This book has helped me define my purpose and focus my business towards a goal I truly believe in. I've read countless business books and none of them was as eye-opening as this one! I wish I had found it sooner, it would have saved me quite a lot of time and struggle.

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  • R.Saeeda
  • 04-23-15

Amazing book

I think the best thing about this book, is that it explains how the creative can use their creativity most effectively in the world of work or self employment.
There are so many highlights and points that I wish were given to me on my overprice degree.
Truly is the 'Missing Curriculum 'and is is recommended reading for all artists,creatives and entrepreneurs.

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