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The Lean Startup

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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.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 149.86 x 215.9 x 35.56mm | 181.44g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • CROWN PUBLISHING GROUP, DIVISION OF RANDOM HOUSE INC
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations, graphs
  • 0307887898
  • 9780307887894
  • 4,435

About Eric Ries

ERIC RIES is an entrepreneur and author of the popular blog Startup Lessons Learned. He co-founded and served as CTO of IMVU, his third startup, and has had plenty of startup failures along the way. He is a frequent speaker at business events, has advised a number of startups, large companies, and venture capital firms on business and product strategy, and is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Harvard Business School. His Lean Startup methodology has been written about in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Harvard Business Review, the Huffington Post, and many blogs. He lives in San Francisco.show more

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"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 "This book should be mandatory reading for entrepreneurs, and the same goes for managers who want better entrepreneurial instincts. Ries's book is loaded with fascinating stories--not to mention countless practical principles you'll dearly wish you'd known five years ago." --Dan Heath, co-author of "Switch "and "Made to Stick " "Ries shows us how to cut through the fog of uncertainty that surrounds startups. His approach is rigorous; his prescriptions are practical and proven in the field. "The Lean Startup "will change the way we think about entrepreneurship. As startup success rates improve, it could do more to boost global economic growth than any management book written in years." --Tom Eisenmann, Professor of Entrepreneurship, Harvard Business School ""The Lean Startup" is the book whose lessons I want every entrepreneur to absorb and apply. I know of no better guide to improve the odds of a startup's success." --Mitchell Kapor, Founder, Lotus Development Corp. " " "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 "Ries' splendid book is "the" essential template to understand "the" crucial leadership challenge of our time: initiating and managing growth!" --Warren Bennis, Distinguished Professor of Business, University of Southern California and author of the recently published, "Still Surprised: A Memoir of a Life in Leadership." ""The Lean Startup" isn't just about how to create a more successful entrepreneurial business, it's about what we can learn from those businesses to improve virtually everyshow more

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