About the Author
Eric Ries is an entrepreneur and the author of the New York Times bestseller The Lean Startup, which has sold over a million copies and has been translated into more than thirty languages.
He is the creator of the Lean Startup methodology, which has become a global movement in business, practiced by individuals and companies around the world. He has founded a number of startups, including IMVU, where he served as CTO, and has advised on business and product strategy for startups, venture capital firms, and large companies including GE, with whom he partnered to create the FastWorks program. Ries 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.
The most important companies in the world had to start somewhere, with someone that had a dream, and a big idea to move it forward into fruition, in order for it be put into practice for the masses.
I believe that you cannot start companies like Facebook and Airnb without a clear, and concise vision for the future. The beautiful thing is that they did not stop after their first successful product. I remember a time when I was very reluctant to join Facebook. At the time, I could imagine leaving Myspace or Nappturality which were both my go-to places to network with like-minded individuals on the web. I remember that my best graduate school friend asked me to join Facebook, to connect with other friends from college after we all graduated, and eventually left the state of Michigan with our hard-earned degrees. I totally did not have a desire to be a part of the Facebook craze, or for that matter create another authorized internet account, however eight fun-filled years have passed and you can still find me hanging out on Facebook with my besties, and blogging boo’s!
The same proves true for the Airnb phenomenon that has blasted through the country and the world. I personally have never stayed in a Arnb, but I have heard so many wonderful things about it being a budget friendly alternative to staying in a hotel.
These companies continued to press forward in new innovative ways, even in the face of extreme competition from other startups. The key is for companies to sustain themselves over decades, and to withstand the changes in technology, time, and space.
I found this book to be particularly interesting for touching on startup companies that I use in my everyday life. I believe that in 2018 modern companies use entrepreneurial management to transform culture and long-term growth. I have never been in an era where their are so many self-made people all around the world. This is an important time in history where everything is being disrupted from education, politics, and healthcare, so companies will have to develop new tools and approaches to satisfy the needs of customers and clients. Ries provides a value-packed road map to form a new kind of skills and practices to achieve those entrepreneurial goals.
The American economy today depends on startups to create new goods and services, provide job opportunities, and raise living standards. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this inspiring book. I plan on keeping it in my library as a reference for motivation within my own growing business. I received this book from Blogging for books for this review.