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The Lean Startup Audiobook

The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

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Publisher's Summary

Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.

Eric Ries defines a startup as an organization dedicated to creating something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty. This is just as true for one person in a garage or a group of seasoned professionals in a Fortune 500 boardroom. What they have in common is a mission to penetrate that fog of uncertainty to discover a successful path to a sustainable business.

The Lean Startup approach fosters companies that are both more capital efficient and that leverage human creativity more effectively. Inspired by lessons from lean manufacturing, it relies on “validated learning”, rapid scientific experimentation, as well as a number of counter-intuitive practices that shorten product-development cycles, measure actual progress without resorting to vanity metrics, and learn what customers really want. It enables a company to shift directions with agility, altering plans inch by inch, minute by minute.

Rather than wasting time creating elaborate business plans, The Lean Startup offers entrepreneurs - in companies of all sizes - a way to test their vision continuously, to adapt and adjust before it’s too late. Ries provides a scientific approach to creating and managing successful startups in a age when companies need to innovate more than ever.

©2011 Eric Ries (P)2011 Random House

What the Critics Say

"Eric has created a science where previously there was only art. A must read for every serious entrepreneur—and every manager interested in innovation." (Marc Andreessen, co-founder of Andreessen Horowitz, Opsware Inc., and Netscape)

"At Asana, we've been lucky to benefit from Eric's advice firsthand; this book will enable him to help many more entrepreneurs answer the tough questions about their business." (Dustin Moskovitz, co-founder of Facebook and Asana)

"In business, a ‘lean’ enterprise is sustainable efficiency in action. Eric Ries’ revolutionary Lean Startup method will help bring your new business idea to an end result that is successful and sustainable. You’ll find innovative steps and strategies for creating and managing your own startup while learning from the real-life successes and collapses of others. This book is a must read for entrepreneurs who are truly ready to start something great!” (Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager and The One Minute Entrepreneur.)

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    Omoleye Amuleru-Marshall 10-03-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Good but Dry"

    ok information, but the read is boring, and the way it is presented is dry. Its kind of more on the textbook side with dry consulting war stories without a lot of expression and stimulation. But the thoughts and info are helpful, just difficult to stay engaged with.

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    sergio 10-02-16
    sergio 10-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Insightful"

    It describes a method to optimize a startup toward real value reducing the chances of big waste. I'm glad I have picked up this book.

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    runar 09-17-16
    runar 09-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great"

    Worth reading if you are owning a business or work in a business. Gets your head starting to think on how to as quickly as possible test hypotheses and test asumptions when improving products, services or looking to innovate.

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    Olivier 09-07-16
    Olivier 09-07-16
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    "Great and humble"

    No wonder this book is one of the best in regards to startups, very insightful and full of great actionable examples, a must.

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    Stan 09-05-16
    Stan 09-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent managerial framework for the modern startup/enterprise"

    This books is an eye opening introduction to a modern and well thought out rigorous framework to build, test and deliver innovative products to market. It is an excellent guide on how to overcome set backs for the current iteration of startups and established companies. It does show steps on how to handle change and uncertainty and is really thorough with its examples and explanations.

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    Mark Cliffel Chicago, IL 08-22-16
    Mark Cliffel Chicago, IL 08-22-16
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    "If you think this sounds good, try the book"
    Would you ever listen to anything by Eric Ries again?

    Never. This was the worst audio book I have ever heard. I feel bad even judging the book, because I couldn't listen to the whole thing. The narration is so awful, I gave up on the book after 2-3 chapters.


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    Alejandro 08-18-16
    Alejandro 08-18-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Muy bueno."

    Me costó terminarlo pero es genial. Poner mucha atención para no perderse. De verdad genial.

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    Christopher 08-18-16
    Christopher 08-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Good lessons, but not what I thought"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Overall, I learned some good things from this book. The main lesson I think from the book is to take action and launch your product before you fix all the bugs. The best things companies can do is take action and begin moving forward rather than waiting to have everything figured out. However, the book was more so designed for people creating a product or specialized service. I am in the real estate business and I felt like a lot of the content didn't apply to my career field. I found myself zoning out a lot and just trying to finish the book.


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    Hafidz 08-17-16
    Hafidz 08-17-16
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    "Lean Startup - Fast, Low Cost Execution Approach"

    Execution is usually an expensive affair. Team and corporate resource are rallied to push product into the market. The danger is building product that nobody wanted. Worst, it took the company years to create that product that nobody wanted.

    Lean Startup asked us to scientifically validate market assumptions before we come out with next version of the product (build, measure, learn feedback loop). Eric Ries is the authority on this subject and definitely a must read for us who want to realise the passion, energy, and vision of that new business.

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    taylor 08-17-16
    taylor 08-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A must read for creative thinkers & entrepreneurs"

    It was on my list for a while and I'm so glad I prioritized it! I really enjoyed the author reading it and I can't wait to put the lean startup principles to work in my life and business!

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