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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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Maxime
  • Montreal, QC, Canada
  • 12-12-11

The simple and efficient way to get on the market!

What did you love best about The Lean Startup?

To me, the Lean Startup is about starting a business without having a complete product. I simply loved it even if for entrepreneurs like me, it's something hard to do. I always want it to be perfect but find out that I had problems in the past working too long on something that wasn't wanted.<br/><br/>Definitely cut corners and launch as soon as you can! Then, iterate often.

Have you listened to any of Eric Ries’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I listened to an interview on Mixergy and think it was also really interesting.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Second-hand sold as high fashion

First, why I bought the book – the author did a great job of promoting his book by using a word which is the most popular in modern business world. Leaders of all levels everywhere around the world know this word – LEAN. But everybody got used to “Lean execution”, so my first reaction when I saw the title was – “wow, have I missed something, are there new scientific methods from Stanford I’m not aware of?” So, I bought it with high expectations of something new and then… Then there was complete disappointment. The author introduce new concept with new name selling it as a breakthrough in the science of management, but when you complete a chapter you ask yourself, so what’s new there, why old practices are called differently from what I used to. First, “Minimum Viable Product” – the concept of early introduction of a product for testing a concept is not new, it’s applicable for products with short development cycle only and very specific for few industries. So, where is breakthrough? Bigger disappointment was “Innovative Accounting” – yeah, you see another popular label – “Innovation”. But when I finished I tried to recount what was it and again – second-hand is sold as high fashion. The author keeps saying – “old accounting methods are not applicable for startups because of uncertain environment” – yes, true – but then goes narrative description of what’s been in business books for decades. And last – “Build-Measure-Learn”! What was a purpose of renaming “Plan-Do-Check-Act”?
So, in overall – it was waste of time, with only exception – now I know that I should ignore everything containing “The Lean Startup”, “Minimum Viable Product” and “Innovative Accounting”. And also – would you trust somebody whose only experience is mediocre social network startup with unclear business model? After Facebook IPO?

37 of 52 people found this review helpful

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Software startups only

A software guy talking about software startups. If you aren't involved in a tech startup please consider spending your money elsewhere. The synopsis of the book is him taking agile, scrum, and lean methodologies applying them to software startups.

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why do authors read their own books?

This book would have been good had it been read by a professional voice actor. I found Erics reading to be flat and boring. Authors who are not professional performers should seriously stop reading their own books, its like holywood writers acting in their own scripts.

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what a great philosophy

I am e-learning entrepreneur struggling to have more information and knowledge to start my business even though it's not a Technical startup this book has given me perspective and the tools for my lunch I love it

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simply the best

this was, by far, the best book on startups and startup Innovation I have read. It is basically a how to for startups that want to make a difference

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Essential

This is an essential part for an entrepreneurs toolkit. I am excited to see how the full theory develops.

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Great read for people tackling new startups

This book laid out some great frameworks to begin tackling startup success. It gave a great perspective on the being an entrepreneur. This is not a technical book but absolutely has great information.

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Mind blowing!

Completely changed my whole mindset of the way a business/start can (should) be run. Game changer!

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Start up map

This is a great book for startups. It's a lot to learn, and it alot to put in action. So let's get it on

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-30-17

it's the first one you should listen to

ok good bye ergh I hate review just fu going listen you mother Fisher wyehhehebbebendn

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  • M. Venner
  • 11-24-17

this is focused on software development and launch

I got an hour through this and stopped as it was not about lean startup at all, it was about getting software to market quickly. I kept trying to use the events in the wider market but struggled.

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  • Carl W.
  • 11-22-17

Boring and annoying

The Americanisms in the book are one of the things which have turned me off it, 3 hours in and I can't listen to it anymore. It's also a boring listen, nothing in those 3 hours has been inspiring, thought provoking or provided me with useful takeaway information about creating a startup. All I seem to know more about is his own business, IMVU and how they've experimented with features and spoken to customers to then add more features to it. It's the books title which enticed me to listen with it seemingly being about startups, but it's not.

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  • Marcus I. Lashley
  • 11-01-17

Not for me

Quite an interesting concept. However found the repartition of concepts, boring and tedious. The concept of iteration testing and batching is used in multiple titles especially in black box thinking which is a far easier and interesting read. The book is probably useful for technology start ups, but as an IT professional in the retail market, I struggled to relate. The only interesting concept I took away was the 5 why’s.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-17-17

Must read for Entrepreneurs and Employees alike

really enjoyed this. many practical lessons, many new ways of thinking. some of the practices may not line up directly with your business, but the questions it gets you to ask can be useful for people in start ups to managers to employees of larger organisations. great read.

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  • Boris1234
  • 10-08-17

Amazing

The book has the right balance between practice and theory. very well written as well.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-03-17

great boom

the day I finished listening to it I immediately started it again. applicable to any size of company

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  • D. Halenko
  • 08-14-17

New perspectives

Never really learn much about lean manufacturing before. Now I feel I've been thrown in and absorbed lots from it. Greatly narrated too. Will be listening again to gain deeper insights.

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  • Mr. Gadi Eichhorn
  • 08-09-17

interesting

no much of a story and a lot of repeated ideas but drives the point home. will try to use this in my future endeavours.

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  • Tim Egbuson
  • 07-28-17

Good Book

well presented. I thought it was a very well presented and insightful book! would b

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-01-17

Excellent!

This is a well researched and insightful book. Very valuable information and high recommended.

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  • Bernardo Coelho
  • 10-25-17

Bored to death with such great content!

This book is a must for Entrepreneurs, that said, the audio version is just a slow and painful death.

By half of it I was used to the tone and speed so could start enjoying the knowledge provided, but really boring book.

Will try the new release from Eric Ries because of who he is, hopefully he improved his story telling!

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  • Lance Swift
  • 08-23-17

Too Software specific

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would recommend this book, particularly to someone interested in an IT start up. But it is too IT specific. The ideas and methodologies dont work for practical products that are not service or software based

Did The Lean Startup inspire you to do anything?

Yes, start my own Blog

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  • brenton
  • 08-21-17

absolutely necessary read for anyone in ux/lean

absolutely necessary read for anyone in ux/lean.
covers many of the critical roads in ux to deliver a great product

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  • Mark Cate
  • 06-28-17

Excellent insights to break the old mold!

The content was very easy to listen through and the concepts were explained with concrete, real-life and relevant examples. Very enlighting!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-19-17

career defining

loved it! my manager got me onto it and it affected the way i take ownership of my team and starting new projects right away. need to read again to let more sink in.

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  • Andrew Hedge
  • 03-20-17

Foundational principles for modern business

Easy to digest, logically presented, building on principles throughout the book. Logical arguments for fast learning as the new measure of team growth and value.

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  • Shadow
  • 01-12-17

Should have known better

Let's face it, if he was any good at lean startups he'd be starting something, not writing this twaddle.

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  • Melody
  • 01-01-17

Insightful

Whether you're working in a large corporate or a small start up, there's lessons and insights that will benefit you

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  • Aleksandar
  • 12-12-16

build measure learn!

excellent content. if you're in the process of starting your own business, READ this book