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I really like the scientific theory behind the Lean Startup, but somehow the book failed to interest me cover to cover. Again, the typical American style (overly simplifying things, endless repetition ... Read full review

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A most amazing and well written book for business in startup mode. I am starting a professional services firm dealing with SaaS cross application business analytics. As an agile certified practitioner who has read this book I have a very clear pathway ahead. Many thanks Eric Ries for passing along the knowledge.  

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In The Lean Startup, author Eric Ries talks about a myth of American entrepreneurialism. The myth holds that all entrepreneurs are amazingly creative and that they intuitively will their products into existence, the visionary who sees what the future holds and brings it to market.
When, in fact, startups aren’t just a product or a service, but a system that includes people. People require management. And while management may seem boring, the decisions you make early in a startup may ultimately determine the success or failure of your business.
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This is a fantastic book. Ries does a brilliant job of applying Lean thinking to startups. He addresses both the guy working out of his basement and the small team exploring a new business line in a Fortune 500 company.
My favorite insight in the book is that when we are exploring something new, we should focus on measures of learning over traditional measures of success. Ries includes some great examples of startups making adjustments as they learn, and ones that didn't.
The book is highly accessible and of interest to both people familiar with Lean and those who have never heard of it.

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