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The best entrepreneurs balance brilliant business ideas with a rigorous commitment to serving their customers' needs. If you read nothing else on entrepreneurship and startups, read these 10 articles by experts in the field. We've combed through hundreds of articles in the Harvard Business Review archive and selected the most important ones to help you build your compan The best entrepreneurs balance brilliant business ideas with a rigorous commitment to serving their customers' needs. If you read nothing else on entrepreneurship and startups, read these 10 articles by experts in the field. We've combed through hundreds of articles in the Harvard Business Review archive and selected the most important ones to help you build your company for enduring success.Leading experts and practitioners such as Clayton Christensen, Marc Andreessen, and Reid Hoffman provide the insights and advice that will inspire you to: Understand what makes entrepreneurial leaders tick Know what matters in a great business plan Adopt lean startup practices such as business model experimentation Be prepared for the race for scale in Silicon Valley Better understand the world of venture capital--and know what you'll get along with VC funding Take an alternative approach to entrepreneurship: buy an existing business and run it as CEO This collection of articles includes "Hiring an Entrepreneurial Leader," by Timothy Butler; "How to Write a Great Business Plan," by William A. Sahlman; "Why the Lean Start-Up Changes Everything," by Steve Blank; "The President of SRI Ventures on Bringing Siri to Life," by Norman Winarsky; "In Search of the Next Big Thing," an interview with Marc Andreessen by Adi Ignatius; "Six Myths About Venture Capitalists," by Diane Mulcahy; "Chobani's Founder on Growing a Start-Up Without Outside Investors," by Hamdi Ulukaya; "Network Effects Aren’t Enough," by Andrei Hagiu and Simon Rothman; "Blitzscaling," an interview with Reid Hoffman by Tim Sullivan; "Buying Your Way into Entrepreneurship," by Richard S. Ruback and Royce Yudkoff; and "The Founder's Dilemma," by Noam Wasserman.


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The best entrepreneurs balance brilliant business ideas with a rigorous commitment to serving their customers' needs. If you read nothing else on entrepreneurship and startups, read these 10 articles by experts in the field. We've combed through hundreds of articles in the Harvard Business Review archive and selected the most important ones to help you build your compan The best entrepreneurs balance brilliant business ideas with a rigorous commitment to serving their customers' needs. If you read nothing else on entrepreneurship and startups, read these 10 articles by experts in the field. We've combed through hundreds of articles in the Harvard Business Review archive and selected the most important ones to help you build your company for enduring success.Leading experts and practitioners such as Clayton Christensen, Marc Andreessen, and Reid Hoffman provide the insights and advice that will inspire you to: Understand what makes entrepreneurial leaders tick Know what matters in a great business plan Adopt lean startup practices such as business model experimentation Be prepared for the race for scale in Silicon Valley Better understand the world of venture capital--and know what you'll get along with VC funding Take an alternative approach to entrepreneurship: buy an existing business and run it as CEO This collection of articles includes "Hiring an Entrepreneurial Leader," by Timothy Butler; "How to Write a Great Business Plan," by William A. Sahlman; "Why the Lean Start-Up Changes Everything," by Steve Blank; "The President of SRI Ventures on Bringing Siri to Life," by Norman Winarsky; "In Search of the Next Big Thing," an interview with Marc Andreessen by Adi Ignatius; "Six Myths About Venture Capitalists," by Diane Mulcahy; "Chobani's Founder on Growing a Start-Up Without Outside Investors," by Hamdi Ulukaya; "Network Effects Aren’t Enough," by Andrei Hagiu and Simon Rothman; "Blitzscaling," an interview with Reid Hoffman by Tim Sullivan; "Buying Your Way into Entrepreneurship," by Richard S. Ruback and Royce Yudkoff; and "The Founder's Dilemma," by Noam Wasserman.

30 review for HBR's 10 Must Reads on Entrepreneurship and Startups (featuring Bonus Article “Why the Lean Startup Changes Everything” by Steve Blank)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lavdim Halimi

    I liked this: "Nevertheless, most business plans pour far too much ink on the numbers—and far too little on the information that really matters. Why? William Sahlman suggests that a great business plan is one that focuses on a series of questions. These questions relate to the four factors critical to the success of every new venture: the people, the opportunity, the context, and the possibilities for both risk and reward. The questions about people revolve around three issues: What do they know I liked this: "Nevertheless, most business plans pour far too much ink on the numbers—and far too little on the information that really matters. Why? William Sahlman suggests that a great business plan is one that focuses on a series of questions. These questions relate to the four factors critical to the success of every new venture: the people, the opportunity, the context, and the possibilities for both risk and reward. The questions about people revolve around three issues: What do they know? Whom do they know? And, How well are they known? As for the opportunity, the plan should focus on two questions: Is the market for the venture’s product or service large or rapidly growing (or preferably both)? and Is the industry structurally attractive? Then, in addition to demonstrating an understanding of the context in which their venture will operate, entrepreneurs should make clear how...."

  2. 4 out of 5

    Austin Carroll Keeley

    Some excellent essays in here that are helpful to the novice entrepreneur or the student. I also appreciated the clear contrast between articles (example: juxtaposing an interview with Marc Andreessen with “Six Myths About VCs” or “Lean Start Up Changes Everything” with “How to Write a Great Business Plan”). In the end, it presents a cursory introduction to entrepreneurs and is an entry point for deeper study and practice. Great case on Chobani. Enjoyed the overview of quagmires faced by platfor Some excellent essays in here that are helpful to the novice entrepreneur or the student. I also appreciated the clear contrast between articles (example: juxtaposing an interview with Marc Andreessen with “Six Myths About VCs” or “Lean Start Up Changes Everything” with “How to Write a Great Business Plan”). In the end, it presents a cursory introduction to entrepreneurs and is an entry point for deeper study and practice. Great case on Chobani. Enjoyed the overview of quagmires faced by platforms in “Network Effects are not Enough”. “Founder’s Dilemma” is insightful. “Buying Your Way into Entrepreneurship” outlines the path I am most likely to take if I go entrepreneurial.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Carlos Aragón

    There is 6 out of 10 amazing articles that definitely give you a bigger scope of the entrepreneur world. Different articles explain the processes and the difficulties to grow the startup. I have read couple books about startups and plenty content I had already read knew about it; however, there are couple of articles that gave new reading and learning horizons. If you like the entrepreneur world I definitely embrace you to read this book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chris Sheffield

    Expected HBR articles and essays to be informative and eye-opening. I was very bored and let down with the majority of what I digested. A few decent essays saved this review from a 2-star rating. Personally I've read better things online about entrepreneurship and startups which is very disappointing. 3/5 is a fair score. Expected HBR articles and essays to be informative and eye-opening. I was very bored and let down with the majority of what I digested. A few decent essays saved this review from a 2-star rating. Personally I've read better things online about entrepreneurship and startups which is very disappointing. 3/5 is a fair score.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Eugene

    2 essays out of 10 are very good, and 2 more were alright. The rest are not bad and not super good either from the perspective of new principles. This is ok book for people who already read a lot on a subject, and will be either good or very bad for people who are just starting to work on foundation.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ben

    Ten articles (two interviews with the bonus of the book) about entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship as well as information on startups, venture capitalists, angel investors, founders/CEOs, etc. As an outsider/layman I found it all informative and interesting and lots of new information that can be used for later years (in attempts to open my own business some day perhaps, who knows?).

  7. 4 out of 5

    Fardan Khalid

    Information packed short articles on various aspects of success and failures of start-ups. Closely related to experiences that can be helpful for people looking to take the enterpreneurial route. Highly recommended.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amy Young

    On the new decades doorstep, know that most of these articles are from 2013. Some still hold relevance, but in startups fast-changing landscape, best to keep pace with podcasts instead.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Alexander Von kaldenberg

    Should have read before I started fundraising and building a company 😅. That being said it’s an easy quick read and some good tips. Great airport pickup...which is what it was.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Yusuf

    Many articles in the book are so old and saying nothing interesting.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ilham

    Most of the articles in this book are pretty good

  12. 5 out of 5

    Victor Volpe

    Good collection of articles. Many of them inspiring. Some o of them actionable. All of them relevant somewhat.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ricardo Figueiredo

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jordao

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nick Hernandez

  16. 4 out of 5

    Johann

  17. 4 out of 5

    Emma Zhang

  18. 4 out of 5

    Natalia

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jarrod Haynes

  20. 5 out of 5

    Amit D

  21. 4 out of 5

    Stuart Reid

  22. 5 out of 5

    Adzz

  23. 4 out of 5

    Moritz Wallawitsch

  24. 5 out of 5

    Paul

  25. 5 out of 5

    Wallis Chan

  26. 5 out of 5

    Greg Loughnane

  27. 5 out of 5

    Merve

  28. 5 out of 5

    Thuy

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sujatha

  30. 4 out of 5

    Pietro Calletti

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