- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.; 1st edition (October 12, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0805091661
- ISBN-13: 978-0805091663
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 42 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,855,803 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 Hardcover – October 12, 2010
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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
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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.