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7 Powers: The Foundations of Business Strategy

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What are the secrets to making a company enduringly valuable?

7 Powers breaks fresh ground by constructing a comprehensive strategy toolset that is easy for you to learn, communicate and quickly apply.

Drawing on his decades of experience as a business strategy advisor, active equity investor and Stanford University teacher, Hamilton Helmer develops from first principles a
Paperback, 210 pages
Published October 25th 2016 by Deep Strategy
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Joshua Auerbach
Dec 20, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is a good starting point to think about business strategy, but has a few flaws and over-generalizations.

My biggest personal annoyance that pervades the book is a conflicting view on markets that is never reconciled. In one chapter Helmer proclaims that passive etfs are superior to other forms of investing, but later posits that his methodology has allowed him to outperform the market. The examples are cherry-picked to fit a narrative and the book primarily focuses on all or nothing
Gaurav Juneja
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good framework for analysing business staretgy

Very clear framework for determining the industry economics and competitive positioning of a business. Case studies are empirical evidence of the Powers in action. Specially suitable from looking at a business from the angle of an investor. Believe the equation / math stuff was not really needed / useful.
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I liked the book as a great short hand to think through what creates sustained, differentiated profits and at what point in the product life cycle each type of barrier or benefit is usually created.

It's given me a few shorthand "rules of thumb" on questionable tactics based on either a product's maturity or a competitor's position.
Dec 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
What unbearable garbage. The author may have good ideas, but I couldn't hang in there long enough to really find out. The writing itself is really terrible; it reads like it was written by a sociology student dropout. Ug.
Tim Trefren
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really, really interesting. Provides a framework for thinking about strategy that is simple enough to be memorable, but powerful enough to be useful. I appreciated the case studies on Netflix and Intel.

Strongly recommend to anyone involved in business strategy.
Yu Zhou
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is incisive and practical. This book also reinforces a lot of business common senses. It does highlight the available destinies of companies. I think it could be useful compass to many people.
Doğan Hayyam
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely brilliant
Harry Pidd
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Essential reading for startup founders looking to unseat incumbents. Prioritise 7 Powers on your reading list, it could prove invaluable!
Emil Svartström
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is good stuff, but would not recommend as an audio book since has a lot of graphs, illustrations and formula's
Robert Jackson
Jan 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Luis Orozco
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Tried it as an audiobook, better probably as a written one. Still quite useful.
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What does it mean to "know" business? For me, it means to have read and thoroughly understood the concepts outlined in this book.
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