• High Growth Handbook

  • By: Elad Gil
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (404 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

High Growth Handbook is the playbook for growing your startup into a global brand.

"If you want the chance to turn your startup into the next Google or Twitter, then listen to this trenchant guide from someone who played key roles in the growth of these companies." (Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn and New York Times number one best-selling author)

Global technology executive, serial entrepreneur, and angel investor Elad Gil has worked with high-growth, tech companies like Airbnb, Twitter, Google, Stripe, and Square as they've grown from small companies to global enterprises.

Across all of these breakout companies, a set of common patterns has evolved into a repeatable playbook that Gil has now codified in High Growth Handbook. In this definitive guide, Gil covers key topics, including:

  • The role of the CEO
  • Managing a board 
  • Recruiting and managing an executive team 
  • Mergers and acquisitions 
  • Initial public offerings 
  • Late-stage funding 

Interspersed with and informed by interviews with some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley including Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn), Marc Andreessen (Andreessen Horowitz), and Aaron Levie (Box), High Growth Handbook presents crystal-clear guidance for navigating the most complex challenges that confront leaders and operators in high-growth startups.

©2018 Stripe Press (P)2018 Stripe Press

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New ideas by brilliant people, tarred by diversity

This is a must read book for the person scaling a startup. It is only painful to hear the chapters on diversity, which are deeply saturated in a philosophy that was fashionable the year this book was written, that people should be judged by their identity group membership instead of their quality and character as individuals.

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Overall great, but tricky as audiobook

Would definitely recommend reading, but probably as physical book or kindle to be able to make notes and come back to chapters, advice and tables.

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Superb

One of my top five favorite business books. This is very interesting, it’s basically a group of several interviews with high growth leaders. They answer tons of questions

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Excellent How To Guide

A very interesting format. Easy to digest. Lots of great examples and ideas. Loved it.

Roman
CEO, Splento

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great content; hard format

huge amounts of valuable content. audio format is a hard conversion for this book, though.

still recommend

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Great food for thought

If you are considering starting your own company, this read is a must. Often conventional education offers analytical tools only for the beginning stages of the company’s lifecycle. This book takes a stab at all stages of your future business’s life. From scoring venture capital funding to merging or being acquired by a larger competitor.
I really enjoyed listening to this and I would like to shake author and editors hands if I could.

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Good for CEO's and general startup knowledge

While much of the writing covers details specifically for CEO's of startups, i found much of the information interesting and worthwhile knowledge. Note that I have experience working at startups, so I am probably biased. ;-) There were sections that I would fast forward if I listen to it again, but the fact that I would review the material again places it in my 'recommended' list.

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Good content, bad structure

I enjoyed it. There is a lot of good information even from an experienced entrepreneur like myself. However it is just a list of information. There is very little structure and it does not make for an entertaining read

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Must read

If you are into business, start-ups or equities - read it. Despite other complaining about the narrator I purchased the book and i am not regretting it.

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Very good content, the audiobook not so good

Really liked the content of the book. Seemed very real and pragmatic. Although, the audiobook format doesn't do it full justice. Will buy the book and keep as reference.

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  • William S
  • 11-01-18

Must read for every entrepreneur!

Can’t begin to explain the level of detail this book covers. Every entrepreneur should listen to this book if you want to grow a successful company. This book is as vital as The Lean Start up and should be on a top 5 must read list!

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  • Amien Krisna
  • 09-09-19

Awesome, learnt a lot in a short time

Great listen, well structured and priceless interviews with some of the most respected underrated personalities in the valley.

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  • Elizabeth Clark
  • 02-06-19

Narrators voice is boring but content is great

I don’t know why they don’t use a bot to narrate, this guy was terrible. But if you can get past that and the fact the chapters don’t match the book it’s a great listen for anyone scaling. Even if you’re never going to go from 10-10000 (I think we’d struggle to fit in another 9800 in the village) there are some great tips for post 50 employees with PR, HR and Product Development. Also some great tips for Aquisitions, more from the point of view of being acquired by a big fish if you’re looking for an exit! Well worth a listen.