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Lost and Founder

Narrated by: Rand Fishkin
Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Lost and Founder written and read by Rand Fishkin. 

Everyone knows how a startup story is supposed to go: a young, brilliant entrepreneur has an cool idea, drops out of college, defies the doubters, overcomes all odds, makes billions and becomes the envy of the technology world. 

This is not that story.

Rand Fishkin, the founder and former CEO of Moz, is one of the world's leading experts on SEO. Moz is now a $45 million a year business, but Fishkin's business and reputation took 15 years to grow, and his startup began not in a Harvard dorm room but as a mother-and-son family business that fell deeply into debt. 

Now Fishkin pulls back the curtain on tech startup mythology, exposing the ups and downs of startup life that most CEOs would rather keep secret. For instance: a minimally viable product can be destructive if you launch at the wrong moment. Growth hacking may be the buzzword du jour, but initiatives to your business can fizzle quickly. Revenue and profitability won't protect you from layoffs. And venture capital always comes with strings attached. 

In Lost and Founder Fishkin reveals the mostly awful, sometimes awesome truth about startup culture with the transparency and humour that his hundreds of thousands of blog readers have come to love. Fishkin's hard-won lessons are applicable to any kind of business environment and this audiobook can help solve your problems, and make you feel less alone for having them.

©2018 Rand Fishkin (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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A great read!

Great insight into the tech startup world, rightfully taking down the glamour of it with great humor and transparency. Being part of this world, a lot of it resonates. A great read and eye-opener to whoever is thinking of building a business.

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Refreshing (and valuable) behind-the-scenes story

I loved this for its well written story, great delivery (Rand's voice is uniquely suited for audiobooks!) and above all, insightful and honest business advice. It's like the best behind-the-scenes online startup story combined with a business case-study that's has actionable insights.

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  • Kenny Lee
  • 18-06-2018

Fantastic candid sharing

Love how Rand shares all the candid lessons learnt, stuffs that you don't usually read about in other books. While most writers try to inspire with generic and common knowledge stuffs, Rand talks about thoughts and experiences that founders would usually be too embarrassed to reveal or admit.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-02-2019

Very informative

Very interesting insights into founding and running a company and the realities that many people are unaware of.

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  • FEZEU Thierry
  • 08-02-2019

Honest

Honest and unabridged version of how to start, grow, succeed, fail, succeed again, and step down of a great business.

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  • Joel B
  • 10-01-2019

Fantastic, Insightful & Raw

It couldn’t have been easy to write this book. Being this willing to be transparent and honest with the reader (or listener) takes courage and deep self reflection.
The result is a hugely useful book for business leaders on all levels. There’s lessons in here for everyone.

Definitely in my top 10 books to recommend

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-01-2019

Refreshing and insightful

Really enjoyed this book. Up there with Rework. Rand shares the good with the bad offering true insight into life as a startup founder. He also narrates the book, which makes it more intimate.

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  • Tom
  • 03-11-2018

The future belongs to the self aware

If this were the paper back version I'd have called it a page turner. In an age where entrepreneurs are often led to believe they have to take it till they make it, Rand shares from the heart, all of the ups and downs and mistakes made along the way. If you want an incredible insight into the truthful struggle that is being entrepreneur, read/listen/absorb this first.

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  • dewan chowdhury
  • 18-10-2018

A great listen!

Very interesting listen and some relatable topics and insights. Although for some reason i was expecting a bit more, not sure exaxtly what.

The journey never ends...
Good luck Rand!

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  • S. Taylor
  • 10-10-2018

brutally honest

A brutally honest account of running your own business. Despite the fact that Moz is a much larger business than mine, I can still take a lot of the lessons taught by Rand and apply them to my own business. This book is based on the SEO industry, but you don't need to be in the industry to find this book interesting, it's about business and the lessons in it can be learnt by any business.

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  • Kallh
  • 09-10-2018

Informative and Inspiring

I would recommend this book as a priority read to anyone thinking of starting any ambitious business. Having the author narrate it gives it even greater impact. I can’t wait to get going!!!

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  • Andrew Isidoro
  • 06-10-2018

Honest, raw and sometimes difficult to read

A great read full of insights but not lacking in narrative unlike other "startup bibles".

Rand really opens up about his time at Moz, the ups and downs and does a good job of sharing his experience within the startup ecosystem with the reader. Honest, raw and sometimes difficult to read as he opens up about real personal and professional turmoil.

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  • A W Smith
  • 25-09-2018

Very honest portrayal of a start up!

This is a great read.. bit introspective in parts but it add more to the narrative than it takes away. I look forward to his next book, hopefully it will have a tad less introspection and more projective and he has the rare ability to subliminally inspire.