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The number one Wall Street Journal Business Book Best seller & Top 10 New York Times Best seller 

Based on the highly acclaimed NPR podcast, How I Built This with Guy Raz, his book offers priceless insights and inspiration from the world’s top entrepreneurs on how to start, launch and build a successful venture.

Great ideas often come from a simple spark: a football player on the New Zealand national team notices all the unused wool his country produces and figures out a way to turn them into shoes (Allbirds). A former Buddhist monk decides the very best way to spread his mindfulness teachings is by launching an app (Headspace). A sandwich cart vendor finds a way to reuse leftover pita bread and turns it into a multi-million dollar business (Stacy’s Pita Chips).

Award-winning podcast creator Guy Raz has interviewed more than 200 highly successful innovators from across the world, from the founders of Five Guys, Airbnb and Bumble to James Dyson and Reed Hastings of Netflix, to uncover amazing true stories like these. 

In How I Built This, he shares tips for every entrepreneur’s journey: from the early days of formulating your idea, to raising money and recruiting employees, to finding your market and, finally, to paying yourself a real salary. This is a must-read for anyone who has ever dreamed of starting their own business or wondered how trail-blazing go-getters made their own dreams a reality. 

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"A must read for anyone who wants to start a business, grow a business, or be inspired by those who do." (Adam Grant, author of Originals)

"These stories of founders and their companies are told with the same energy and openness it takes to be an entrepreneur." (Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup)

"Guy Raz is supremely himself in this guide for aspiring entrepreneurs: brilliantly perceptive, incessantly curious, infectiously energetic and above all, a master storyteller." (Angela Duckworth, author of Grit)   

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Brilliant stories, brilliantly told

Guy Raz is the GOAT! There are so many useful takeaways in this book I couldn't "put it down" (aurally!).

Really interesting business stories, well structured and excellent narration by the author. Recommend!

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Insightful and entertaining

Will listen again so much good content from asking the right questions the right way. Excellently narrated. Can't recommend enough.

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Excellent- I will re-listen time & again

Every so often a book comes along where it offers so much value & content.
This is unlike other text-book/cliché how to start, run & scale a business. These stories have been told to Guy Raz by real people, not motivational speakers.
I’ve been listening to the How I Built This podcast for some time. This book capsulated everything and more.
A real insight to the world of entrepreneurship and if your struggling, listening to others who have been through worse, will give the strength to carry on.
I know this book will be a re-read & my inspiration for years to come

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Incredible, addictive and all round brilliant book

I never write reviews, although I should, but this book was so inspiring. Love the podcast and this book beautifully intertwined many of the best stories into a flowing lesson of all the stages of starting a business. So inspiring and Guy Raz’s narrating was even better. Such a great story teller and willing to dig into the details of each founders story. Worth every penny!

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Very enjoyable listen, highly recommended!

I love the podcast that this book has grown from so was already familiar with many of the stories throughout. Guy Raz ties them together very well, and adds others business stories that weren't in the podcast, to bring plenty of new learnings here. The narrative that he tells is as informative as it is enjoyable. You get to learn more about the author too.

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Excellent

If you are a fan of the show then you will most certainly enjoy this book. He pretty much condensed all the important key points from all his interviews into this book. This book is very good for anyone looking to start a business.

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  • 09-05-21

Best entrepreneurship book I have ever read

Well, written, very well narrated. Full of inspiration and insights. Very recommended for anyone who has an interest in starups and entrepreneurship.

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  • Hani Muslmani
  • 11-03-21

What a wonderful book!!

An inquisitive and insightful deep dive into entrepreneurship and into human nature (whether deliberately or inadvertently) narrated through the lens of some of the most successful entrepreneurs. Highly recommended listen for someone interested in a dose of inspiration in business and in life.

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  • ahmad bayomi
  • 25-01-21

Inspirational

Guy tells Inspiring stories that certainly will give you a different perspective on business and life.

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  • CLAUDIO TRICHES
  • 08-12-20

Nothing new for a HIBT listener

I was hoping to find more unedited insights from the podcast series. Nice the indexing of stories regarding the entrepreneurial journey

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  • 12-11-20

The entrepreneur's path for success.

loved every chapter of this book!. It just helps you to understand how many challenges a person has to face to succeed in business and in life.

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  • 28-10-20

Amazing Book

Hi I'm Mohamed Osman From Somalia I 'd like to say Thank You Guy Raz for this Amazing Book keep up the good work

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  • Surya Narayanan
  • 14-10-20

A refresher to the amazing podcast and more

I had misgivings. As a subscriber to Guy Raz's podcast of the same name, would it be a repeat of the same stories.
They were misplaced. Guy, has structured the book by the journey of the entrepreneur or the hero's journey as he calls it.
The book is full of good advice, fast paced narration and is an overall refresher to the excellent podcast.
Read, learn and enjoy

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-10-20

Inspirational listening for pre and current entrep

Guys' story telling and ability to weave different stories into themes which are helpful for founders is amazing. This books is very strategic for any founder and founder wannabe. Its also for the ordinary person who is anxious and fearful about starting, this gives really concrete thoughts.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-10-20

very inspiring and flowing

Guy Raz is an incredible storyteller. the book is colourful and the stories are so vivid and inspiring

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  • Jorge Alberto Garcia Gonzalez
  • 28-09-20

compressed, distilled learnings from the podcast

A compressed, distilled and refined extraction from the podcast with this same name, added with
great insights and learnings.

It has a behind the scenes about how the podcast originated, a bit of history about how Guy Raz
decided to change his career in the news and risking that to follow up his passion to show the world good histories. that happen to be about entrepreneurs and their journey.