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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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    David Olkovetsky 07-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great overview of LEAN startup ideas - mostly theory"

    Heavy on theory, but very understandable and easy to apply to many different situations. Lots of great anecdotes and importantly gives you plenty of different tools to make your startup, or new project or new product etc a success as quickly and with as little waste of resources as possible.

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    07-16-17
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    "Glorious Start, not very engaging trunk"

    The book starts with a great story and carries it forward till chapter 7 when it talks about validated learning. But later after it seem like an effort to fill in the pages till chapter 12.

    It tries to cover the topics of building a lean startup as well as sustaining it as it turns into a bug corporation. I believe these two are separate issues to be dealt separately. The topics on building an adaptive organization can be improved significantly in terms of developing a good understanding of the subject.

    Over all a good read.

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    Amazon Customer 07-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Tools to practice.."

    Important startup questions/dilemmas discussed. Liked & could relate to the Pivot or persevere decisions closely.

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    GASM USA 07-06-17
    GASM USA 07-06-17
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    "Covered it all: Innovation, agile and way of life."

    Absolutely great book that will help you find expressions for your own thoughts on how to innovate, adopt agile process and untimely make part of your day to day life.

    Highly recommended!!!

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    Yousef A. 07-04-17
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    "A lot to apply"

    The author brings a lot of techniques to be applied to start-up businesses. Most important point is the minimum viable product.

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    Marius Vetrici 06-30-17
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    "A great framework with a few truly actionable insights"

    The book outlines a great framework for building a product seep by step.

    Although the author says it's not a checklist, I would have loved to have more specific info and examples about how to immediately apply that.

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    Aki 06-15-17
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    "To anyone learning organizations in the new world"

    A must read. A brilliant one. Makes sense and is simple to the core. Good story.

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    adam ruxton 06-10-17
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    "Practical and interesting."

    Logical. Methodical. Interesting. Insightful. Infused with personal use cases and anecdotes. A tad dry in parts but worth a read for sure.

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    Kristin 05-30-17
    Kristin 05-30-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Good book to listen for new business"

    Being a student who has completed Lean Six Sigma Green belt training this was a fun refresher course. The stories help inspire more affordable and efficient methods to starting a business or help improve existing businesses. Can be boring towards the end but it's because it's the details of how to improve, which is really mgmt.

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    robert l. henderson jr 05-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A great outline for starting a venture of any kind"

    Provides a clear method and numerous supporting anecdotes both positive and negative. I don't believe in following any one method precisely because every venture has its own idiosyncrasies, but this one I will listen to again and integrate as much as possible into my methods.

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  • Dan
    1/31/17
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    "highly recommend"

    loved it. it was very informative and I highly recommend it if you are thinking about it.

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  • Raed
    12/23/16
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    "Amazing book."

    Amazing book. Straight to the point with loads of inspirational examples. Thank you Eric for this awesome playbook

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  • Elvis
    12/18/16
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    "FOr every enterpreneur"

    It's clear, consice, very applicable yet not a self help book with bunch rules. A must

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  • Stefan Meiforth Gulbrandsen
    12/15/16
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    "inspiring"

    Gave me plenty to think about. Made me realise that a lot has to change in my own organisation as well

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  • Dominik
    11/24/16
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    "Great book"

    It was very good and fascinating book with a lot of examples on how to run your business and how the big established companies run theirs, I don't have a company yet but I'm looking for ideas and this book may be a bit overwhelming for a newbie, but if you already have your own business this is a must have book!

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  • Proper Design
    11/23/16
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    "Not that great."

    Better for business owners who develop computers. Not so good for the physical product side of things.

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  • TFD Creations
    9/28/16
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    "Great ideas"

    Ideas explained clearly and with helpful examples of real world scenarios and application.

    I'm excited to start implementating them

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  • Matt
    9/18/16
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    "Loads of Great Things To Think About!"

    Really loved how much great content was in the book. Did find the same voice for over 8 hours a bit tough to listen to!

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  • Amazon Customer
    9/11/16
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    "Very insightful."

    Very insightful peice of work with real world examples and strategies. I think it's going to change the way I run my business going forward.

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  • Martyn O'Brien
    8/21/16
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    "Totally brilliant."

    I run a couple of businesses and really enjoyed this book. Lots of good advice and useful guidance.

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