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The Lean Startup Paperback – 9 Dec 2011
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Mandatory reading for entrepreneurs... loaded with fascinating stories and practical principles (Dan Heath, coauthor of Switch and Made to Stick)
If you are an entrepreneur, read this book. If you are thinking about becoming an entrepreneur, read this book. If you are just curious about entrepreneurship, read this book (Randy Komisar, founding director of TiVo)
The Lean Startup will change the way we think about entrepreneurship (Tom Eisenmann, Professor of Entrepreneurship, Harvard Business School)
Eric Ries 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, cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz, Opsware, and Netscape)
I know of no better guide to improve the odds of a startup's success (Mitchell Kapor, Founder, Lotus Development Corp)
This book is the guided tour of the key innovative practices used inside Google, Toyota, and Facebook, that work in any business (Scott Cook, Founder and Chairman, Intuit)
The Lean Startup changes everything (Harvard Business Review)
You should think like a lean startup even if you're not a lean startup (Forbes)
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The Lean Startup
How Constant Innovation Creates Radically Successful Businesses
Most new businesses fail. But most of those failures are preventable.
The Lean Startup is a new approach to business that's being adopted around the world. It is changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.
The Lean Startup is about learning what your customers really want. It's about testing your vision continuously, adapting and adjusting before it's too late.
Eric Ries is an entrepreneur and the author of The Lean Startup, which has sold over one million copies and has been translated into over thirty languages. He has founded a number of startups including IMVU, where he served as CTO, and he has advised on business and product strategy for startups, venture capital firms, and large companies, including General Electric, where he partnered to create the FastWorks program. Eric has served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Harvard Business School, IDEO, and Pivotal and he is the founder and CEO of the Long-Term Stock Exchange.
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I really appreciated the book’s celebration that you don’t have all the answers and you shouldn’t if you’re a startup with an innovative solution. The major point, however, is that you shouldn’t pretend or act like you do but embrace the uncertainty and develop an experimental approach to delivering a Minimum Viable Product – build, measure, learn.
I found The Lean Startup not only great for advice, techniques and the analogous stories to help reinforce the approach, but it is an inspirational book that dares you to challenge everything and rationalise with customer validation that your vision is viable and scalable. When a book affects me it starts a chain reaction in my thought process so that I either gain a better understanding of where I need to go or may enable me to articulate what has been sitting just out of reach in my mind. This is one of those books.
Other books that reinforce this new startup environment and are worth reading include:
• Business Model Generation – Alexander Osterwalder
• Four Steps to the Epiphany – Steve Blank
• The Startup Owner’s Manual – Steve Blank
• Running Lean – Ash Maurya
It is slightly biased towards tech companies, partculalrly the product refinement and testing, but there are some nice non-tech case studies that he works through methodically to demonstrate how the lean principles can be applied to any type of startup.
I firmly believe that if established companies practiced what this books discusses as well, that it would guarantee longevity, greater ROI, more lean and customer relevant products and a much higher efficiency and effectiveness of the development direction of the product and the utilisation of development resources.
I can only strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in startups or who would be keen to optimise current product development efforts in an established business.
Im looking to eventually start my own business, and this was recommended to me by a friend who is a CEO of a big company as something that really helped him
Whilst it is slow to get started, its good because it used lots of contextual stories etc
Overall sso far a really interesting read but definitely a challenge to follow in its footsteps
I reckon it'll be 5 stars but seen as ive not yet got through it all yet which is why ive given it 4 at the moment
I'm in the business of making your customers fall in love with what you do, so would urge caution around some of the 'light product' focus. It's hard for customers to care about something that lacks depth. But we are big fans of the validated learning and build-measure-learn method. In a world of constant change, the advantage will go to those businesses who are open to change, can do so quickly (pivot!) and are passionate about not wasting peoples' time or money.
The real key here is validated learning and doing so as quick as possible. If you're not learning, you're not progressing. Definite must read for anyone starting a modern business
It really focuses on how do things more efficiently and in less time pushing you to validate your assumption before you invest a massive amount of efforts and resources on an untested plan.
Think of it as a "manual" more than a reading...I kept going back to check parts I had bookmarked.
Good time investment.
I have started three businesses and once you get your head around the Lean Startup approach you'll think "duh, why didn't I do that" or "damn, if this book had been around x years ago, I would have saved months / years / tens of thousands on that project"!
I've only given it 4 stars because you then need to read some other books around the subject, pretotype by Alberto Savoia is awesome as is Lean UX by Jeff Gothelf and Josh Seiden which gives a more 'hands on" approach