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Blitzscaling

The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies
Narrated by: Chris Yeh
Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
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Summary

Foreword by Bill Gates. 

From the authors of New York Times best sellers The Alliance and The Start-up of You comes a smart and accessible must-have guide for budding entrepreneurs everywhere. 

Silicon Valley is renowned for its striking number of businesses which have grown from garage start-ups into global giants - Apple, Cisco, Google, HP and Intel, to name a few. But what is the secret to their outstanding success? Hoffman and Yeh explain that it’s simple: they’ve learnt how to blitzscale. 

Featuring case studies from numerous prominent tech businesses such as Airbnb and WeChat, this book offers a specific set of practices for catalysing and managing dizzying growth in burgeoning start-ups. Prioritising speed over efficiency in an environment of uncertainty, Blitzscaling illustrates how businesses can accelerate to the stage in a company’s life cycle where the most value is generated. 

Using the framework provided by Hoffman and Yeh, listeners will learn how to design business models which simultaneously support growth at a furious pace and capture the market as well as how to navigate the necessary shifts in strategy needed at each level of scale.

©2018 Reid Hoffman and Chris Yeh (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"The case studies you’re about to explore and the tools you’re about to gain have never been more relevant. This is an ideal moment to be reading this book." (Bill Gates)

"The book the start-up world has been waiting for. I can’t think of any other that so perfectly captures the specific challenges - and opportunities - that a company faces at every stage of growth. This book shares some of the key secrets for building mission-oriented, global businesses at speed." (Brian Chesky, cofounder and CEO, Airbnb)

"Blitzscaling shows how companies can build value for customers and shareholders in the digital age. A compelling inside view of how the new economy is being built and is transforming global business." (Sheryl Sandberg, New York Times best-selling author of Lean In and Option B

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Useful but not super practical

Hearing about other's success is always motivating and there were a few good explanations about how companies managed to scale but the deep diving into methodologies used was missing. This felt more like a consistent introduction to blitzscaling rather than a step by step of how to implement.

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Great food for action and thought

Loved the book and the strategies discussed in it. It is inspiring and thought provoking for an entrepreneur based in a changing Europe/UK. I would love to have both authors on my board to help guide us through the next levels.

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Best book on scaling!!

Best book by far on scaling. Lots of valuable lessons. A must read for anyone looking to grow their business fast.

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Skip intro

The into is like describing what sex is going to be like to a virgin, how great , how amazing , makes all the people he knows enjoyed it ... so boring come on man - let’s get into the detail - and I know this book is awesome - so if you want to be frustrated listen to the intro - else get into the action - it could do with only having 10% of the intro - blitz scale the book man....
BTW it’s an awesome book .
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Meh

I think I was just expecting some deeper insights ...good book but not outstanding I’d say.

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a book for the times

This was an amazing book that I can't recommend enough. I would say it's required reading for anyone in a fast growing company, looking to build a team or transition into the new economy.

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Great book

An excellent book that I highly recommend to everyone that is looking to grow their business to the next level.

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Worth a Read

Great Ideas how to take your idea and business to the next level. The practical examples of captains of the industries will help you in your journey to blitzscaling.

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Awesome, thought provoking and inspiring.

Enjoyed this book, provoked me to think differently, take a different path and challenge conventional thinking.

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Repetitive and superficial

As a heavy consumer of startup books, unfortunately this was a disappointment.

Lots of repetition of obvious and well known stories. Facebook, Airbnb, etc.

Could be a good reference book for certain ‘unicorn’ businesses, but not so much for the majority of startups/scaleups.

Maybe that’s the point, but there are plenty of books that do a better job offering useful advice across all stages of business.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-02-20

GET THIS BOOK!

this is a book you should have in your library if you serious about running, growing, and flying your business.

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  • Andrew T.
  • 26-03-19

Interesting

Very interesting ebook. Full of useful info and real world examples. Highly recommended for an entrepreneur looking to scale up their business.

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  • Daniel
  • 29-12-18

good but....

It would have been great to have some tactical takeaways from the book as opposed to simply strategic philosophy.

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  • Simon
  • 05-12-18

PDF Download

Excellent book, practical and insightful and would highly recommend it to anyone in business. My only disappointment is that the narrator mentioned that there is a PDF supplement with diagrams, which was not available for download on Audible.

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  • Tacita
  • 29-11-18

The true insights to scaling your business

Ried, is spot on in every chaper of his book. Read it over and over!