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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Farallon Publishing (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983961107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983961109
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,073,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is Seven Habits for Highly Effective Entrepreneurs. If you want to succeed in business, read Breakthrough Entrepreneurship."
Ray Bingham
Managing Director, General Atlantic Partners

"Highly recommended reading for both students and professionals.  A compelling guide for anyone who wants to become a successful entrepreneur or just think like one."
Tom Byers
Professor, Stanford University
Director, Stanford Technology Venture Partners

"This book tells you how to start a successful business and make a billion dollars.  Even more, it is a book about how everyone in business should plan for success in our rapidly changing world.  Give yourself a chance to be one of the new business leaders and read this book."
Jim Davidson
Co-CEO and Co-Founder, Silver Lake Partners

"Breakthrough Entrepreneurship captures the essence of entrepreneurship.  It covers all the key concepts in crystal-clear terms, and illustrates them with compelling case studies."
Thomas Eisenmann
Professor, Harvard Business School
Former Co-Head, Media & Entertainment Practice, McKinsey & Co.

"The book is brimming with examples and insights from the most successful entrepreneurs on the planet, including Burgstone himself.  No would-be entrepreneur should be without this book."
Randall Kroszner
Professor, Booth School of Business, University of Chicago
Former Governor, United States Federal Reserve

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"Entertaining and essential, Breakthrough Entrepreneurship is a must-read for anyone who dreams of coming up with a game-changing innovative idea, breaking away from the pack with that idea, and ultimately building a successful entrepreneurial venture."
Jay Light
Dean Emeritus, Harvard Business School --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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This book was inspiring and provided me with a simple and clear plan for creating a business that would be personally fulfilling and successful.
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Breakthrough Entrepreneurship is a MUST READ for anyone interested in pursuing a life in business.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By asub90 on January 12, 2012
Format: Hardcover
As a current student and aspiring entrepreneur I have read countless books on entrepreneurship/start-ups and I can confidently say that Breakthrough Entrepreneurship stands above the rest. Similar books approach entrepreneurship by offering either a very generic how-to-guide or simply a catalogue of inspirational anecdotes. BE offers a potent blend of both, and more.

BE breaks down the entrepreneurial process into distinct, critical steps: seeking opportunity, forming a team, raising capital, creating a product/service, monetization, and on. At each step, the authors provide a two-sided deep dive. At one end they describe the importance and implementation of each step, and at the other, they offer pertinent case studies that exemplify the process. With this simple yet powerful, methodical approach to teaching entrepreneurship, BE offers concrete guidance on how to start a company as well as some perspective on how the most successful entrepreneurs have done it.

Ultimately this book is fantastic because it serves dual purposes. You can read it as a novel, inspiring and motivating you to start a venture. But more importantly, you can also utilize BE as a textbook, guiding you at each step of your own entrepreneurial journey.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SF Local on January 20, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book is a very fast read. The advice offered in the books is well supported by interesting examples. The book starts with a framework for evaluating business ideas and ends with general advice about leadership styles and the mentality of a successful entrepreneur. By following the systematic approach outlined in this book new entrepreneurs can gain confidence in their ideas and avoid wasting time with bad ones.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By tayar23 on April 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
THIS BOOK IS FOR YOU!

-If you have absolutely no knowledge on the field of entrepreneurship and want to learn
-If you don't have an idea and want to generate a great one
-If you consistently come up with ideas and wants to see if they could turn into a feasible business
-If you have no money to start a business
-If you want insider tips from real successful entrepreneurs
-If you want to have a greater chance of succeeding in starting a business
-If you have that solid idea and want to test and validate it
-If you want to know how to acquire venture capital
-If you work in the corporate world and want to know if entrepreneurship is for you
-If you eventually know want to start a business one day
-If you think you know everything about entrepreneurship (trust me, you don't...)

Burgstone and Murphy lay the foundation for converting an idea into a feasible venture. It will guide you through the earliest steps of creating a business to the most final steps an entrepreneur has to partake in. This book examines a wide scope of business fields and prepares you for success as a entrepreneur in any field you pursue. It breaks down all the tools you need to succeed as an entrepreneur into separate modules that are easy to follow and include supporting case studies.

I have dug through umpteen amounts of articles, blogs, and other resources and can't compare BE to anything I have ever come across. Learn from my mistake, save your time and stop wasting countless hours with other incompetent guides.

Simply put, Burgstone and Murphy provide you with the untold secrets of entrepreneurship through a simple, easy to follow guide that can turn any person regardless of age or background into a highly successful entrepreneur.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Craig Copeland on February 27, 2013
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Greak book. Of course anything from anyone at Harvard Business School knows their stuff, but the book was a great price and order came on time as promised. I take that back... I think it arrived a day ahead of schedule! This book is a must for any entrepreneurs who have never done this before, and since the Kaufman foundation says over 80 percent fail in their first year, you need this to keep you on track and make your project successful. Thanks
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H. Kline on January 24, 2013
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Breakthrough Entrepreneurship is a great book for anyone who has a good idea and wants to turn it into a business AND those who have not come up with an idea, but want to explore entrepreneurship. Breakthrough Entrepreneurship allows readers to learn how to think like an entrepreneur through the guidance of the authors and through case studies of both popular and lesser-known (but still successful) startups and their founders.

The book guides you through the process of coming up with new ideas, how to assess those ideas (in terms of whether or not the ideas are worth pursuing and a way of assessing the value of the ideas) and how to pursue those ideas including all the important considerations that may not be obvious to a first time entrepreneur.

This book is a good compliment to The Lean Startup and is a quick read making it a must read for those who haven't taken the jump into the uncharted waters of entrepreneurship and want a tool box of useful ways to identify opportunities and build businesses starting with little resources in the beginning.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sahil Bloom on October 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
Breakthrough Entrepreneurship is a MUST READ for anyone interested in pursuing a life in business. As an aspiring entrepreneur, I found the writing, stories, and layout of the book to be superb. The way in which a business principle/tenant was described and then exemplified by a real world story was very comprehensive. This book makes other books in the entrepreneurship category seem irrelevant. Very exciting stuff. Terrific read!
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