The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

Written by:
Eric Ries
Narrated by:
Eric Ries

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
September 2011
8 hours 39 minutes
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.
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Austin C.

Needs chapter sections divided into segments with times indicated

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Eric Ries changes the way we thing about production in the modern era. One of the most powerful section is The Five Why's. Easy... very difficult to apply. Eric should write a follow up book called The Five Why's

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Crystal N.

This is a great book. I really good reference for anyone starting a small business.

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Payam A.

I started a business without knowing about this book and all my mistakes was mentioned in the book

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Neil J.

I felt kike the editing team was trying too hard to make this seem edition relevant in a time when online social systems are changing far too rapidly. It already felt dated and I kept finding myself wishing i had just purchased the original. I like to listen for what the “patterns” of the wisdom is, then apply that to the context/details, but I felt like much of that was lost in their “try too hard”. Besides - digital still hasn’t trumped the power of human to human interaction.

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Gregory S

Plenty of examples of real startup problems and solutions.

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Sam M

A bit long for my taste, talks about own experience all the time, if you really want to learn about a lean startup might as well look for Taiichi Ohno, the creator of the Lean Manifacturing

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Murtaza M

Gives a practical plan with relevant examples on how to and how not to run a startup. Good work Indeed!!

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Donna R

I've listened to the Lean Start Uo 6 times in the last 6 months. I learn new things each time. Can't recommend it enough!

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Valerio Bernabo

Nice concept but extremely repetitive.. could have been much more concise

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Rahni Sumler

Insightful and uplifting in a time of uncertainty. Really encompasses the struggles of starting your own business. Very good read and really makes you consider your approach to business.

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Solveig Felbo

The bible for entrepreneurs in all stages of startup development.

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Mark Davis

Overall, the book provides plenty of useful information. I see this as a credit well spent. Could do with a bit less self-aggrandizement by the author. Narration is flat, but easy to hear.

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