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

The Lean Startup

How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

By: Eric Ries


Published: 13th September 2011
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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.

About the Author

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.


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    Really brings some science to the art of successful startups.

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    "The Lean Startup has a kind of inexorable logic, and Ries' recommendations come as a bracing slap in the face to would-be tech moguls: Test your ideas before you bet the bank on them. Don't listen to what focus groups say; watch what your customers do. Start with a modest offering and build on the aspects of it that prove valuable. Expect to get it wrong, and stay flexible (and solvent) enough to try again and again until you get it right. It's a message that rings true to grizzled startup vets who got burned in the Great Bubble and to young filmgoers who left The Social Network with visions of young Zuckerberg dancing in their heads. It resonates with Web entrepreneurs blessed with worldwide reach and open source code. It's the perfect philosophy for an era of limited resources, when the noun "optimism" is necessarily preceded by the adjective "cautious."" --"Wired""I make all our managers read "The Lean Startup."" --Jeffery Immelt, CEO, General Electric"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

    Introductionp. 1
    Startp. 15
    Definep. 25
    Learnp. 37
    Experimentp. 56
    Leapp. 79
    Testp. 92
    Measurep. 114
    Pivot (or Persevere)p. 149
    Batchp. 184
    Growp. 206
    Adaptp. 224
    Innovatep. 253
    Epilogue: Waste Notp. 272
    Join the Movementp. 285
    Endnotesp. 291
    Disclosuresp. 301
    Acknowledgmentsp. 303
    Indexp. 309
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    ISBN: 9780307887894
    ISBN-10: 0307887898
    Audience: General
    Format: Hardcover
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 304
    Published: 13th September 2011
    Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 15.2  x 3.0
    Weight (kg): 0.45