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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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Not a fan

In genereal books main point was good and usefull. we spend time on things that nobody wants and thats a huge waste. there also was suggestions how to improve this waste.
what I found lacking was some studys or experiments, where these ideas was tasted. in the middle it was ok, detailed examples from start to finish. but at end chapters it was like you need to do this, because I say so, no deep explanation. also there was to many examples, diferent in each chapter. it was dificult to find similarities with my problems, because I needed to switch from one example to another. better would be few examples from start to finish.
also in the start there was mentioned, that this would be helpful for all industries, but in the end all tips and examples was only for software/it companies.

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A good start, but find a business professor

While the text consistently indicates the importance of validated learning and avoiding vanity metrics, how to undertake validated learning is often missing. I highly recommend finding a business professor to work with if you are interested in enacting the opportunities in this book.

Additionally, the greater reasons driving "lean" thinking are understated. If you would like to read the same thing but better read "Innovation and Entrepreneurship", if you would like something more actionable read "Disciplined Entrepreneurship".i assign all three books in my course on Ent. Management.

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Great Book but Dry

I have never had such a hard time staying awake while listening to an audiobook. Great material, but they should have used a professional narrator.

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Great life changing book!!

Thank you Eric for writing this amazing life - changing book ! ! ! !

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Scrum applied to entrepreneurship.

enjoyed listening to the lean startup. appplies many principles of scrum and agile to a startup as a project. would have appreciated information from studies to support several concepts mentioned.

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for startups? all cases mentioned are corporations

narrator often speaks in that overly polished way that is just unctuous. despite a message of creating clarity and not wasting people's time, his message is often obscured by management jargon. it's incredible how insidious language like that is, in that it still hobbled a book the very existence of which was designed to cut through the crap.
and, incredibly, almost all cases he ever mentions in the book are not of startups, but his large corporate clients who are betting on certain internal teams to maybe act like startups. the exception is his own startup, In View.
that said, for many of the times I had a nagging issue with something he said, I noticed that he often addressed that question at some point.

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Great warnings of common but unseen pitfalls

I prefer audio books read by the author because, like this one, they place the emphasis in the right places to preserve the original intended meaning. As someone with extremely limited knowledge about entrepreneurship, this book was informative and provided great insight into common pitfalls that could not be anticipated but new entrepreneurs regardless of the sector or industry.

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Eliminate waste

Nobody wants their time wasted. This really helps us towards not wasting our time or the time of those around us. Really excited about trying out these ideas in practice.

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  • Johnny
  • PISMO BEACH, CA, United States
  • 07-20-16

Elementary

What would have made The Lean Startup better?

More substance for advanced entrepreneurs. This is like the Lean Startup guide for college kids who don't have any work experience.

Would you ever listen to anything by Eric Ries again?

I would give it a shot...but after he first few hours, I'd decide whether to move on.

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

NO

What character would you cut from The Lean Startup?

The author

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  • Blythe
  • Alberta (formerly California)
  • 07-20-16

Highly recommended reading for any start up

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book is a great overview of the Lean Startup theory of business development using validated learning techniques to "build, measure, learn". Iterating product features in short cycles, structured to prove or disprove measurable hypotheses; this is one of the books as the basis of the agile development theory. Very interesting read and very useful ideas for any type of business.

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