Start at the End

How to Build Products That Create Change
Narrated by: Matt Wallaert
Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
Categories: Business, Marketing
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Nudge meets Hooked in a practical approach to designing products and services that change behavior, from what we buy to how we work.

Deciding what to create at modern companies often looks like an episode of Mad Men: people throw ideas around until one sounds sexy enough to execute and then they scale it to everyone. The result? Companies overspend on marketing to drive engagement with products and services that people don't want and won't help them be happier and healthier. 

Start at the End offers a new framework for design, grounded in behavioral science. Technology executive and behavioral scientist Matt Wallaert argues that the purpose of everything is behavior change. By starting with outcomes instead of processes, the most effective companies understand what people want to do and why they aren't already doing it, then build products and services to bridge the gap.

Wallaert is a behavioral psychologist who has led product design at organizations ranging from startups like Clover Health to industry leaders such as Microsoft. Whether dissecting the success behind Uber's ridesharing service or Flamin' Hot Cheetos, he underscores with clarity and humor how this approach can improve the way we work and live. 

This is an essential road map for building products that matter - and changing behavior for the better.

©2019 Matt Wallaert (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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Funny and Insightful

This book tales topics like psychology and statistics and breaks down what you need to know to be able to influence behavior. I loved the humor and the way it was presented. Matt sounds like a great guy to have a beer with.

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Loved this book! Fun and actionable

This book was awesome. I really enjoyed Mat style of delivery and the content and processes are super straightforward! Recommending it to my marketing teams as well as my product teams.

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Outstanding, game-changing

We now use this method to run our entire business at Focusmate. The Intervention Design Process is an awesome upgrade to the Lean Startup basics and essential for any product organization.

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would be good if not filled with racial rhetoric

stopped listening, it felt as if i were in class of racial indoctrination being fed more rhetoric about racism than on what i thought the book would be about. i wish the writer would have stuck to teaching about the process and the reason for starting at the end in an objective manner rather than injecting his political view into the story. im not interested in being indoctrinated. Thank you but no thank you. would not recommend.

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  • 06-30-19

Interesting and engaging but not revolutional

It's a really good book for finding the balance between rigour and practicality, that was probably the most valuable for me. I also like the style and examples. Overall though somehow it still didn't live up to my expectations maybe