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Lost and Founder

Narrated by: Rand Fishkin
Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
Categories: Business, Career Skills
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Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Lost and Founder written and read by Rand Fishkin. 

Everyone knows how a startup story is supposed to go: a young, brilliant entrepreneur has an cool idea, drops out of college, defies the doubters, overcomes all odds, makes billions and becomes the envy of the technology world. 

This is not that story.

Rand Fishkin, the founder and former CEO of Moz, is one of the world's leading experts on SEO. Moz is now a $45 million a year business, but Fishkin's business and reputation took 15 years to grow, and his startup began not in a Harvard dorm room but as a mother-and-son family business that fell deeply into debt. 

Now Fishkin pulls back the curtain on tech startup mythology, exposing the ups and downs of startup life that most CEOs would rather keep secret. For instance: a minimally viable product can be destructive if you launch at the wrong moment. Growth hacking may be the buzzword du jour, but initiatives to your business can fizzle quickly. Revenue and profitability won't protect you from layoffs. And venture capital always comes with strings attached. 

In Lost and Founder Fishkin reveals the mostly awful, sometimes awesome truth about startup culture with the transparency and humour that his hundreds of thousands of blog readers have come to love. Fishkin's hard-won lessons are applicable to any kind of business environment and this audiobook can help solve your problems, and make you feel less alone for having them.

©2018 Rand Fishkin (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

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Frank, thought provoking

Have followed Rand's progress for years. Regards appreciate the open, informative approach that Rand advocates in his writing, and business.

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Shared experiences

As a 'founder' for the last 11 years I really enjoyed this book and could draw so many parrallells. Thanks Rans and good luck

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Brutally honest and utterly captivating

Read a lot for business books this summer and this is by far one of the most interesting and in depth book so far. loved it

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enjoyed this more than I expected too..

Bought this book on a whim and it exceeded my expectations. Great story and well written. Some honest advice that goes against the grain in places. Enjoyable listen.

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Raw, hard-hitting and practical

Rand does a great job of transparently portraying the real startup culture. His insights about the ups and downs of Moz are truly useful for founders, especially those willing to go down the "Venture Capital" lane.

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An honest view from inside the bubble.

I thought the whole book was a fresh look at running a business and did not push the usual rhetoric of a "follow these steps and you'll be rich". As a person who is toying with setting up a business, he has given me a great insight in what and what not to do. So thank you Rand, it's made me a lot more focussed.

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Must read for any aspiring entrepreneur!

This book is a must read for any aspiring entrepreneur. If your looking to start a tech business you have this is a must read book before any other book.

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Amazing enterprenuership guide.

By far this is the most personally open book for someone entrepreneurship experience. The level of details and open speaking for everything is just amazing.
This book must be a guide for every one who started or want to start a project.

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the startup Bible

after the 3rs chapter I decided to buy even the paper copy, it's a MUST and sometimes is good to have a refresh of it.

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Very informative

Very interesting insights into founding and running a company and the realities that many people are unaware of.

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  • Kenny Lee
  • 18-06-18

Fantastic candid sharing

Love how Rand shares all the candid lessons learnt, stuffs that you don't usually read about in other books. While most writers try to inspire with generic and common knowledge stuffs, Rand talks about thoughts and experiences that founders would usually be too embarrassed to reveal or admit.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-09-19

Very good & honest feedback on starting a company

Story was good and engaging, last bit was a bit to techy and less about startups as whole. But very relevant and enjoyable

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  • Gokul Chandrasekaran
  • 18-05-19

Worth every second of your time!

loved it. he was so honest. thanks a lot your candidness. So much of the book resonated with me that it felt written especially for me!

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  • Daniel
  • 09-03-19

Better than i expected.

Thanks Rand for the honestly. More people should take the time to organize their thoughts like this. it seemed to be used for Rand and it's helped me ask some useful questions in my business before going too far down the path. high five Rand!