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The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

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Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.

Eric Ries defines a startup as an organization dedicated to creating something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty. This is just as true for one person in a garage or a
Hardcover, 299 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by Currency (first published January 1st 2011)
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Nov 15, 2011 rated it liked it
After reading Clayton Christensen, Geoffrey Moore and Steve Blank, I was expecting a lot from The Lean Startup by Eric Ries. I was disappointed. It could be that I did not read it well or too fast, but I was expecting much more. But instead of saying what I did not like, let me begin with the good points. Just like the previous three authors, Ries shows that innovation may be totally counterintuitive: "My cofounders and I are determined to make new mistakes. We do everything wrong. We build a mi ...more
Andy Stager
Apr 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm currently starting a new church as well as helping my wife run a bow tie business. This book is about entrepreneurship, and its examples mostly come from the software development industry. Nevertheless, there was much food for thought here.


1. Put out a 'MVP'. As fast as possible, put out a 'minimum viable product' and see if anyone is willing to buy it. If you spend forever making the product the best it could possibly be, you may end up with a cool product that no one actually wa
Stephanie Sun
Dec 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
"The big question of our time is not Can it be built? but Should it be built?"

I wasn't too surprised to find that Eric Ries is a great writer: clear, intellectually honest, articulate, and good-humored.

As Ries readily admits in the Epilogue, the theories and frameworks promoted in this book have the danger of being used retroactively to justify what you did in the past, or what you've already decided that you want to do, no matter your industry. Its success no doubt has to do with its take cont
Adam Bradley
Nov 13, 2011 rated it liked it
I think this book could have been effectively distilled into one of about a fifth the length -- and provided me with a much faster feedback loop on the ideas it contained. So consider that an example of the author not abiding by his own principles.

Another example of the book not abiding by its own counsel: in recounting case studies, he assures us that the case studies are "successful" by telling us about venture funding and acquisition offers, which seem to me to be examples of the ultimate "va
Aug 31, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned, kobo
As I read chapter after chapter I found myself thinking 'Great introduction to the topic, now let's hope the next one contains some real meat'. Unfortunately that feeling accompanied me until the end of the book.

Don't get me wrong, this book contains a lot of useful ideas if you are into entepreneurship: the build-measure-lean cycle driven by the knowledge you want to acquire, validated learning, treating everything as en experiment with its corresponding actionable metrics... but maybe I expect
If I was reviewing the idea in this book, it would get 5 stars.

As a book, there are few problems. First, just stylistically, I feel like I'm being lectured by a precocious toddler about how to do things. The tone is professorial, to put it charitably.

Second, there is a bit of incongruity between a system explaining that you need to engage in scientific testing in almost Popperian fashion on the one hand and a series of case studies on the other. Case studies are, of course, the currency of busi
Brian Yahn
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
It's pretty rare for me, after finishing a book, to not be able to imagine my life not having read it. The Lean Startup is one of those books.

Maybe my understanding of business is unimpressive, but I am very interested in the subject and read a good bit about it. Still, I found this book to be enlightening. In business -- and in life -- we always have simple goals, like: I want to make more money.

It's easy to focus our motivation on making more money. After all, it is what we want. But what we r
Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover
After initially giving this 3 stars I had to go back and give this 4 Stars. This book is amazing for those starting a company, those who already own a company and those thinking about making that move. Beware, this book is better in practice than in theory. If you consider yourself an entrepreneur and are willing to put the principles into practice, then it's worth reading.
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Lean Startup is an important and highly acclaimed book for new startup ventures.
It is one of the core business books that revolutionised the business startup environment over this last decade. Eric Ries stripped everything down to the core basic principles of being lean and agile in response to customer feedback. This is not new but is collated and distilled in a very dynamic, yet clear structured manner. It must also be said that the Lean Startup is heavily biased towards the softwa
May 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
This is a massively important book that turned out to be much harder to read than I expected, and left me still pretty confused about how to implement much of the advice in the book. But I like what it did to my thinking, even though I was familiar with many of the concepts in the book already.

But boy, I sure do like Five Whys. I am so ready to have kids.

There are some really wonderful simple quotes too:

"management is human systems engineering."

"Our productive capacity greatly exceeds our abil
Assigned reading from my job, last minute, in preparation for a meeting. I managed it, and while I thought it made a lot of sense in terms of concepts and ideas, and parts of it were very interesting, the writing sucked all of the joy out of it. The first third of the book repetitively repeated stuff by saying it many times, often mirroring previously said things but slightly differently, but... oddly without saying anything of actual information value at all.

The last two-thirds were better, mo
Duong Tan
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Kể từ lần đọc đầu tiên cho đến giờ, chưa bao giờ cuốn “The Lean Startup” (Khởi nghiệp Tinh gọn) không nằm trong danh sách “phải đọc” mà tôi khuyến cáo đối với người học tập và thực hành Lean\Agile.

Đây là cuốn sách được đánh giá rất cao bởi rất nhiều người thuộc nhiều lĩnh vực khác nhau: doanh nhân, nhà quản trị, lập trình viên, nhà giáo… Một cuốn sách hiếm thấy có được sự hòa trộn tài tình giữa kĩ thuật thực hành rất thực dụng với những ý tưởng đột phá về khởi nghiệp và kinh doanh. Có lẽ đánh gi
Chris Johnson
Mar 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a nice book that talks as much about Silcon Valley style culture as anything else. A ton of my peers are in mid-career finance/law/govenrment jobs. The only way they stay for years is if there is some sort of inefficiency that keeps them there. The utility of the tasks they perform isn't much - at all.

I loved the ethos that Eric shares...When a new employee makes a mistake: "SHame on us for making it easy for you to fail." That type of accountability doesn't exist, we have a "punish th
Ismail Elshareef
I started reading Eric Ries's blog, "Startup Lessons Learned," back in October 2008. I was quickly impressed by his technical acumen and the simplicity of his writing. I also enjoyed the breadth of topics covered and how engaging they were.

Needless to say, I was glad to hear that he was going to distill all his knowledge into a book, and now that I read the book, I'm glad to say that he didn't disappoint.

The book defines a startup as a 1) a human institution designed to 2) create a new product/s
Jan 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Lean startup là một cuốn sách tổng hợp những suy nghĩ, trải nghiệm của Eric Ries, CEO của IMVU khi trên đường xây dựng một startup để người dùng giao tiếp với nhau thông qua avatar. Những trải nghiệm của Eric Ries và những gì ông rút ra được tóm gọn lại trong một "process", mà không chỉ áp dụng được cho giới khởi nghiệp, mà còn có thể áp dụng cho những công ty đã lớn. Process đó nhằm mục đích tối giản lãng phí, tạo ra năng suất cao nhất có thể, đồng thời duy trì mối liên hệ với người dùng để tạo ...more
Connor England
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
*** Eric Ries in the this book is very concise and to the point about what he wants to say. He goes straight to the point with stories from his own and from others that he has interacted with. This book opens your eyes to things you may have not realized before. He points out what everybody is doing wrong and how you can easily correct it. Now some parts of this book aren't the easiest to understand if you have never tried to run a business. I figured out that the more you read the book the more ...more
Oct 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: business
It's a good book, and if everyone read and understood it I'm sure companies would be far more efficient at innovating.

I felt some of the messages could have been made clearer by improving the style of the book. There are a few too many terms like "Engines of Growth" that cloud some of the meaning. My biggest criticism would be many of the anecdotes didn't really do justice to the points Eric would later made.

Unlike many management books that hammer home their point page after page, The Lean Sta
Nguyên ngộ ngộ
Mar 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Dưới góc nhìn của mình, đây không phải là cuốn sách dễ đọc cho các "bạn starup ít hiểu biết về công nghê" vị hầu như những ví dụ là các câu chuyện của công ty công nghệ.
Nhưng có nhiều ý tưởng then chốt giúp chúng ta có được tư duy đúng đắn cho khởi nghiệp, chứ không đơn thuần chỉ là những chiêu, mánh, thủ thuật.
Vòng xoay HỌC HỎI - XÂY DỰNG - ĐO LƯỜNG là ý tưởng chính trong tư duy khởi nghiệp của tác giả được đúc kết học hỏi nhiều qua phương thức sản xuất của Toyota và người thầy Steve Blank của
Nguyen Linh Chi
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Best book for start-ups. This book does not contain many fancy you-have-a-passion-just-do-it examples like other start-up books do. I appreciate the applicability of this book and recommend it to everyone.


1. Start-ups should focus on management, process, and discipline, which is counterintuitive to the conventional idea that start-ups should have a 'just-do-it' attitude.

2. Start-ups should develop Build-Measure-Feedback loop. Companies should develop a MVP to test market hypotheses. A
George Wang
Oct 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I originally came across this title here:

After hearing about the Lean Startup methodology time after time in the startup world, I decided to give this book a try. Although I've heard of the basics concepts like the Minimal Viable Product and the benefits of quick iterations, reading about the methodology in detail provided a lot more context to these concepts and helped me gave me the tools that I can use to put these concepts to action.

The biggest epipha
Chad Warner
Jul 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Recommended to Chad by: Startup West Michigan
Shelves: business, non-fiction
This book applies science to entrepreneurship. It tells businesses, and especially startups, how to start small and simple, then grow through learning, testing, measuring, and rapidly innovating. It advocates “just-in-time scalability”: conducting product experiments without massive up-front investments in planning and design. It shows the value of actionable metrics for decision-making, and the importance of pivoting (changing course) when necessary.

I found the book interesting, but not as eye-
Khánh Trình
Sep 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: entrepreneur
Đây là lần đọc nghiêm túc thực sự của mình với Lean Startup. Thú thật là nội dung sách rất hữu ích nhưng tác giả viết lặp đi lặp lại nhiều quá làm mình thấy chán. Các chương đầu từ 1 đến 6 vẫn có lòng vòng trong nội dung của vòng lặp học hỏi => xây dựng => đo lường, lặp lại các câu "muốn sản phẩm thành công phải tăng số vòng lặp, chấp nhận rủi ro và học hỏi nhiều hơn"...

Lanh quanh mải hết chương 6, sách mới viết khá hơn một chút, đưa ra thêm nhiều tools cho entrepreneuer mà cái này mới là
Nov 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
While I'm giving this a 4 star, I really want it to be a 3 and a half.

4 because it's very motivating and there's a lot of valuable techniques in there, especially around metrics, different businesses' engines of growth, and running effective retrospective/5 whys meetings.

3 because it suffers from a lot of the "business bedside story" effect (see the halo effect for what that means) and there's a pretty nasty survivor bias, a lot of not quite scientific papers are quoted, and some of the "succes
Oct 08, 2017 rated it liked it
This was very readable for a business book. The main point is to use the scientific method and test hypotheses instead of making assumptions. I agree but that’s not a shocking new idea. The plus value is his exploration of the human factors that derail rational testing in business organizations. He offers detailed instructions for overcoming those obstacles. So this seems promising, but in the spirit of the author’s message, I won’t just assume that his advice leads to sustained positive change.
Jan 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: work
Much better book than I expected. Eric explains his mindset and his approach to product development and how to run a start-up, and he makes TOTAL sense. I thought I knew concepts like validated learning & continuous deployment, but reading through this book really solidifies these ideas in my head. These insights are really impressive and I'm hoping I can apply some of the ideas in my next startup.
Bülent Duagi
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Building block for entrepreneurs. Simple concepts with high applicability.
Fran Toolan
Mar 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Like most business books, the gems are embedded in the fluff. As someone who has run self (and under) funded startup companies for a very long time, it was good to see put into text what I've been doing all these years.

But, being under funded, and hence always seemingly on the verge of failure, we had no choice but to employ the tactics given here. We always had to generate some kind of income to keep going, so we couldn't afford to wait for perfect. We delivered the best we could, and innovated
Bill Harrison
Dec 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book has acquired an iconic status among business books published in the last few years. I was first given a copy at a technology conference in San Francisco last year and since then it seems that everyone in my business network has read and is discussing this book. For the most part this popularity is justified. The book dissects the current trend toward quick, low-cost start-ups that focus on action over research, and on making mistakes over extended analysis. Its applicability is primari ...more
Jevgeni Holodkov
Dec 25, 2011 rated it liked it
This book is mostly a theoretical essay (though with a lot of examples) on how to apply "lean" ideas to startups and its execution. The main idea of this book is to follow and focus on (!) "build-measure-learn" loop when you run startup (or, actually, do anything). It basically means that we need not just do and learn, but rather do, learn and make sure we really learned something new. It is achieved with giving a claim (hypotesis setting) and testing that by checking clear metrics. If you knew, ...more
Miquel Reina
Sep 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: skills, thinking, learning
Lean Startup is an essential book for all those who want to start their own startup or have an idea to develop it. Through examples of real startups, one of which is the author's own, Eric teaches us to detect problems that we face in the development and growth of our startup, giving us tips, techniques and skills that will minimize the risk to develop our bright idea. Although it is a very specific book is highly recommended for all entrepreneurs and creatives.

Spanish version:
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