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High Growth Handbook

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  2,219 ratings  ·  125 reviews
Well known technology executive and angel investor Elad Gil has worked with high growth tech companies like Airbnb, Twitter, Google, Instacart, Coinbase, Stripe, and Square as they've grown from small companies into global brands. Across all of these break-out companies, a set of common patterns has evolved into a repeatable playbook that Gil has codified in High Growth Ha ...more
Kindle Edition, 353 pages
Published July 17th 2018 by Stripe Press
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Emil O. W. Kirkegaard
Not at all scientific. Has a bunch of interviews with big name people, who share some anecdotes. Sometimes gives some decent advice, but mostly just fluff as one would expect from a typical business book. Could have easily been half the length without losing much content. Uses a lot of abbreviations that were never defined, making for annoying reading experience if one is without internet for looking up things.
Sebastian Gebski
Definitely not for everyone, but if you're in the target audience, there's no chance you'll be disappointed.

HGH is not about building a product. Or scaling an engineering organization. Optimizing the delivery pipeline to minimize the lead cycle. Nothing of that sort. It's a book about building a start-up organization. Written by a seasoned practitioner for people who are about to start their first business.

HGH doesn't introduce catchy conceptual models or frameworks. It's very straightforward an
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Thijs Niks
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Spot on book about the things you’ll encounter once your startup starts growing exponentially. I kept nodding my head, as someone who has seen Uber go from 1,500 to 15,000 employees.

In true Silicon Valley style, the book is a little rough: Some of the interviews contain more information than the chapters, it should go deeper on trade offs between organizational structures, and lacks an in-depth look at international expansion. So that leaves room for improvement — a 2.0 version, if you will.

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Bartosz Majewski
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Highly tactical, full of nonobvious example. Much recommended if you work in high growth environments. Some parts are very SV. Some universal.
Peter Boyce II
Oct 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Elad delivers on the promise of unpacking fundamental factors for enabling company growth. Earns the rare right to be a desk-side handbook for ongoing reference.
Rishabh Srivastava
This is more a book for companies that have raised a seed round or Series A round. Since I haven’t done that yet, I don’t know how much of it is actually useful vs just sounds useful. But definitely helped me think deeper about fundraising and org building

Key takeaways:
- at the seed stage, you’re focused on finding product-market fit with early adopters. But they make up just 5% of the market. You have to think beyond product and figure out how to take the market when you have initial PMF

- defe
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Ahmad hosseini
A great book for startups!
Scaling and growth is an important and exiting step at lifecycle of a startup. But for founders, there are a lot of challenges at this stage. How to organize employees? How to hire new employees? How to manage the board? How to do marketing?
This book is packed with key frameworks for building and scaling your company. Author packs every useful lesson about building and scaling companies in a single, digestible book. Book includes many interviews from entrepreneurs with
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Shreef A
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A collection of interviews with people who started, invested in, and scaled up companies. The interviews are organized into sections so you can jump directly to the interviews with the topics you want to focus on.

I would have found this book very useful during my first try to start a company. Back then I had to collect these insights and advice from different sources spread all over the internet.

So basically, the book delivers on its promise that it is a handbook for people starting or scaling
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Anthony Douglas
Jan 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is definitely one to read with a notebook on your side. Lots of learnings in here (even if you are not into “high growth”) which are helpful for any founder or Operations person at a growing organisation. Beyond the interviews, the tips and exaples were extremely useful in helping rethink how to organise my day-to-day operations of my own business.
Adrian
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really good managment book. Would put this book on the same level as management classics like 'High Output Management' (Andy Grove) and 'The effective executive' (Peter Drucker) ...more
Corina
Jan 08, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read a First Round Review post about spotting nonobvious markers that featured Elad Gil, and it was both insightful and tactical, so I checked out this book, and it did not disappoint.

The book focuses on later stage startup growth (what do you do after product market fit and are trying to scale), which is interesting in and of itself since most entrepreneurship books focus on starting out, early stage stuff.

The interviews are really good, and I skimmed the rest of the handbook and found it c
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Emily
Jul 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
Excellent guide to running a high-growth start-up that focuses a lot on operational strategy, funding and that aspect of a business rather than, say, growth hacking. Not going to lie though, I'm so used to reading fiction for leisure that it took me a long time to get through this, and parts of it were a little boring, but it was nevertheless pretty insightful. While I mostly enjoyed this book, it also made me realize that I don't have any ambitions to start a high-growth business on my own any ...more
Dan
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book covers a wide range of interesting topics regarding companies, not necessarily their growth, but their overall management and development. It's good for adding 'common-sense fillers' if you already know a bit about startups. You should like this even more than 'Hard Things About Hard Things' book, due to the more expansive scope. ...more
Andrus
May 28, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some of the content is useful, but the format of featuring mostly interviews is inefficient (for my taste). As an audiobook listener I ended up feeling that although I got a couple of good ideas, the amount of hours spent wasn't worth it. ...more
Franta
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good advice for me and my company.
Carl
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very practical.
Gabriela
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very useful information
Potluck Mittal
May 16, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some decent takeaways. Largely skimmable. Well-organized so you can easily find & reference the sections that are most relevant to you.
Srdjan
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Inconsistent. Nothing spectacularly insightful. Mostly solid and worth reading for an understanding of what going from 10 - 10'000 employees really means and an insight into the capital structures underlying some of the largest firms in the world. ...more
Manas Saloi
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Big fan of Elad Gil and have consumed all his blogposts too. This book gives a structure to his thoughts on all topics under the sun related to startups.
Azhar
Dec 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Super dry read but I found it to be incredibly informative!
Phi Unit
Apr 21, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Essential reference book for building a fast growing startup, but also useful tidbits for building a small business
Anu
Apr 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elad Gil has a good collection of writing on his blog of various facets of a high growth company. He also interviews some interesting people. Handy compilation of it all in one place
Robt.
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lot of excellent insights here.
João Oliveira
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After working for a few of these hyper growth companies, this is probably the best book on the mechanics of company building, Highly recommended for entrepreneurs or startup employees!
Bill de hÓra
Jul 23, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, zal-9d4cd60f
A must read for founders, and I think also for engineers and product specialists for the insight it gives to all the other functions needed to make it really work.

As someone who's worked as an engineer and a product manager, it was wonderful to read a book that barely focused on product and technology when it came to growth, but on growing the other critical functions needed to build out a real business (so many startups begin from product/engineering foundations and it can be difficult for thos
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Alok Kejriwal
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If Moses spoke 10 commandments, Elad Gil gives you TOP commandments to run, scale, fund & exit a startup.

For a few weeks I resisted buying the book due to the high price; now I regret every day I lost.

The High Growth Handbook has a unique format. It clearly lays out the most important aspects of a start-up business & then includes real-life interviews of the who's who of the world (mainly silicon valley) who have attempted & achieved those principles that are enshrined inside.

The book has amazin
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Seyfeddin
Jan 24, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
More of a reference book than something that needs to be read cover-to-cover. I’ve read all parts that were related to me and it contained very valuable insights and advice. I see myself referring to sections of this book from time to time.

Highly recommended for tech startup founders.
Phillip Klien
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book, a "must-read" for anyone managing people. ...more
Boni Aditya
As a product manager i picked up this book to learn some growth hacking techniques, soon I realized that this book is more than just growth hacking.

This book is not for a typical product manager, this book is aimed at founders of startups.

If anyone else were to read this book, almost all of it would be irrelevant to them. unfortunately.

Here is what the author did, he went ahead and gathered everything that successful scaling startup might need, with respect to experts. He made each expert into
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