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The Messy Middle

Finding Your Way Through the Hardest and Most Crucial Part of Any Bold Venture
Narrated by: Scott Belsky
Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Messy Middle, written and read by Scott Belsky.   

Silicon Valley is full of start-up success stories; every day stories emerge of a new company with the potential for a billion-dollar valuation and plans for global domination. 

But what can we really learn from these stories? How many of these start-ups are genuinely successful in the long term? When nine out of ten start-ups end in spectacular burnout, how can we ensure our own success story?  

While most books and press focus on the more sensational moments of creation and conclusion, The Messy Middle argues that the real key to success is how you navigate the ups and downs after initial investment is secured. It will give you all the insights you need to build and optimise your team, improve your product and develop your own capacity to lead. Building on seven years of meticulous research with entrepreneurs, small agencies, start-ups and billion-dollar companies, Scott Belsky offers indispensable lessons on how to endure and thrive in the long term.

©2018 Scott Belsky (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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Basic premise worthwhile, execution could use some polish

Good on this guy for writing a book. A bit of happy clappy repetition in parts and he doesn’t exactly have a voice for radio but mostly great content that reinforces how hard the messy middle is and gives solid advice on how to deal with it.

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A Bible for Entrepreneurs

By far, the Best Book and Mentoring I had (and will probably ever have). Dear Scott Belsky, thank you so much for sharing all your experience in this book. I truly have no words to thank you for all your advice and knowledge shared. There is a chapter for everyone at their own stage of the journey in this book. I can't recommend this book enough! A hundred stars out of ten.

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Great book for founders of product companies

Scott gives an honest account of his journey from being a founder of an early-stage company (Behance) to his experience as an executive at Adobe. I found large sections of the book to be highly relevant with the journey we are currently on at Vervoe. I didn't agree with absolutely everything (and there was a clear design bias, which is obviously understandable), but all of Scott's insights were, at a minimum, thoughtful and founder-centric. Section 8, which focused on hiring, was especially good. Great book overall.

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must read for anyone in product

great advice for every part of a product process, including how to work with different teams, people and yourself.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-04-2019

Thoroughly enjoyed listening

A must listen for anyone in the process of starting or running a business. Some incredible references that inspire and teach along the way.

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  • Konrad
  • 14-12-2018

A bible

Scott shares incredible amount of tips and nuances here. One of the most comprehensive pieces about digital ventures. Consider textbook to capture all details too.

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  • Dave Aying
  • 22-05-2020

Indispensable

If you are lost in the messy middle this book will calm you down and give you a toolkit of new navigation techniques to help you out. You still have to do the work, but the inspiration has been invaluable.

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  • Tim Elliott
  • 13-07-2019

brilliant listen

loads of great take aways no matter what stage of business your in I recommend it thoroughly

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-03-2019

Amazing book

The beginning of the book is somewhat a collection of obvious statements, but as you move forward in the book, the quality of insights just keeps growing, so don’t give up in the beginning. The best book I’ve read on entrepreneurship, with concrete advice on how to approach the various issues of the messy middle.

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  • Tom
  • 30-01-2019

Amazing insights into the period of scaling up

This is up there with Rand Fishkin's lost and founder as a must read for all entrepreneurs knee deep in the mud. Scott outlines all of the struggles he's experienced as an entrepreneur and investor in startups and then details how to handle those situations. I'll be going through this again many times.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-11-2018

Really very good

Tonnes of great advice here, I'm giving it a second listen as way too much here for just a casual once over. This man has done his homework. Not a light book so be prepared to focus!

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