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  • The Lean Startup

  • How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses
  • By: Eric Ries
  • Narrated by: Eric Ries
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (863 ratings)

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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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  • Ian
  • 27-11-2015

Lean Content!

Very lightweight on content and no real business applications for a lean startup. It is mostly self indulgent and meaningless twaddle about apps. Lots of talk about mission critical businesses but avoids anything with a harder business edge than Quickbooks. I stuck this out but dont feel it was worth the efffort.

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Boring and Uneventful

This is my forth chapter now and I still do not get the giz of the strategy. It’s been success stories after stories about his own venture and some other ones, but no tactical steps about how they achieve it.

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another silicon valley self adulation.

the term startup is not limited to the virtual world. another silicon valley self adulation.

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slow with many anecdotes

could have explained his concepts in an hour rather than the 8 that it went for

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  • Tim
  • 09-09-2015

Good

Interesting very technology based book, and in parts I found myself drifting off it. Two takeaways' from the book are minimal viable product concept and the 5 whys sections we're the best for me.

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  • Nat
  • 30-05-2015

Worth every cent

This did for my mind what rich dad, poor dad did all those years ago.

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Tediously boring

Really boring and outdated since it was written 11 years ago. I was recommended this book through an accelerator program for tech professionals. I don’t know why it’s long drawn out and does not engage the reader at all

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the truth

Dont bother reading. minimum fifteen words to say that. Gosh. What to say. Boring. pointless.

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Yawn

Self agrandising wanker who probably just stick to his day job and forget about writing.

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First Audiobook I abandoned after 3 hrs

I don't know what it is....the pace of narration, his boyish tone, the way it is written or the content? Whatever it is, this Audiobook just doesn't work. It is the first I've abandoned (after 3 hrs) of many audio books I've completed, and trust me I've laboured through some. The only decent advise I got from this is the section about MVP (minimal viable product), although it is not a ground breaking idea, it is the only positive I can derive from this work....The rest is so full of jargon that means very little....constantly going on about pivot, and other none useful terms for the average entrepreneur. Tried hard to like this, but it fails in so many areas. Most of all, it is not entertaining at all to listen to and fails to engage you as a listener.

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