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3.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant authors, less brilliant editing, October 30, 2012
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This review is from: The Startup Owner's Manual: The Step-By-Step Guide for Building a Great Company (Hardcover)
I have no doubt that this book is written by really cool people, who actually know what they are taking about.

Running a small startup myself, I however would never find time to actually read a book this size - let alone filling out the 42 different checklist at the end. This book suffers, from what we in Europe would call what could be translated to the "American texbook disease". You guys are paid per word when you write stuf, and that shows.

So please Blank & Dorf - next time look to your friend Osterwalder (Businews Model Generation) to se how you can make deep insights easy acessible. I have have no doubt that you're brilliant people, but either you haven't done the Customer Development yourself this time - or startup owners are just not the intended customer.

If you could write something quickly accessible (i.e. shorter), i would be happy to pay the same amount - or even more for such a book. - Just to give you some customer feedback :-)

Best Regards (and I mean it)

Uffe Thorup Thomsen
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Initial post: Jul 2, 2013 1:17:18 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 2, 2013 5:57:49 PM PDT
logicalkoan says:
I agree.

Check out the author's Lean Launchpad class on udacity. I think it's titled "How to Build a Startup". He guides you through the manual with reading assignments after each lecture.

It makes it a lot easier to navigate the book if you only read what he tells you to read each week (usu 20 pages or so). Also, he tells you what you should be doing with your startup that week (your "homework assignment").

Hope this helps.

Posted on Oct 22, 2013 4:40:03 AM PDT
Pablo says:
This book should be used as a reference book; its not meant to be read cover-to-cover, while it can be, as you say, its not practical, convenient nor that useful. I've had this book sitting on my desk and I'll grab it frequently to read about a specific situation I'm dealing with.

Posted on Nov 17, 2014 6:00:38 AM PST
Rachel says:
Edit your comments before you post!

Posted on Mar 7, 2015 3:04:06 AM PST
I hope the editor trying to improve for next print.
so it can get better review
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