- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (November 8, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312611757
- ISBN-13: 978-0312611750
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 39 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #482,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Intelligent Entrepreneur: How Three Harvard Business School Graduates Learned the 10 Rules of Successful Entrepreneurship Paperback – November 8, 2011
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Murphy, author and reporter, coordinates with the Harvard Business School, which teaches that entrepreneurship can be taught and learned. The author tells the stories of three 1998 MBAs who started their own businesses, which became successful in 10 years. With extensive interviews of Harvard professors and alumni, the author showcases these three entrepreneurs because they journeyed relentlessly from launching their businesses, through mistakes and failure, then recovery and achieving success, learning important lessons along the way. Murphy presents his 10 rules of successful entrepreneurship, make the commitment; find a problem, then solve it; think big, think new, think again; you can’t do it alone; you must do it alone; manage risk; learn to lead; learn to sell; persist, persevere, prevail; and play the game for life. This is an excellent, thought-provoking overview of entrepreneurship (also serving as an infomercial for the Harvard Business School and its faculty) that uses actual cases to describe the challenges of starting a business and realizing success. --Mary Whaley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“An excellent, thought-provoking overview of entrepreneurship... that uses actual cases to describe the challenges of starting a business and realizing success.” ―Booklist
“An unusual hybrid work of self-help, business and narrative nonfiction... Murphy's explication of the [ten] rules is detailed and clear...and the narrative chapters are compelling... The degree of cooperation Murphy received from his subjects--as well as their classmates, professors, business partners and employees--is astounding and greatly enriches the book.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Bill Murphy's book captures the reality of entrepreneurial endeavors by detailing how three graduates of HBS found opportunity, acquired the resources they needed, and committed heart and soul to their venture. Entrepreneurship is messy, an emotional and financial rollercoaster. This book serves as an invaluable guide to those who might follow in the footsteps of these remarkable young entrepreneurs.” ―William Sahlman, Professor, Harvard Business School
“The Intelligent Entrepreneur is full of invaluable advice, and it highlights the ways that thoughtful people actually go about learning the ideas and developing skills required to be successful entrepreneurs. Bill Murphy's book shows that entrepreneurs who take an informed and intelligent approach to launching new companies can vastly improve their chances of ultimate success.” ―Joseph Lassiter, Professor, Harvard Business School
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Now, let's talk about the book.
While I see why some reviewers who did not find specific answers gave the book not very good rating, I think they missed the point.
It is not a cookbook with some canned answers. It is rather a book that makes you think while walking you through the process of starting some great companies. Some of these companies have been eventually sold for tens of millions of dollars in just a few (1-7) years). Is it a good goal for your own startup? You decide.
Again, the main point of the book is that it makes you think. It is also a case study - one of the methods successfully used at Harvard Business School (HSB) to teach their students. All stories motivate you to achieve great success while showing that it is simply very difficult to do.
Sure, it was easier to get venture capital during dot com boom. Do you think the fact that it is more difficult now makes the book not very good?
Also, if you ever wanted to know how HBS operates, what kind of people go there, why, what that gives them, and what great companies come out of that, you will find enough hints in the book too.
Overall, if you are thinking or are in the middle of starting your own business, and are open minded enough to *think* instead of relying on some canned answers, then I greatly recommend this book. As a matter of fact, I feel lucky that - by accident - I bought the book and read it, if you will.