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About the Author

Alex Taub is the cofounder of SocialRank, a tool that helps brands find out better information about the people who follow them on social networks. Alex previously led business development and partnerships for online integrations at Dwolla, one of the fastest growing startups in the country. Alex contributes to the Forbes Entrepreneur section twice a month.

Ellen DaSilva is a senior analyst of the business operations team at Twitter, which strategically targets revenue opportunities for -the company. Ellen's past positions include investment banking at Barclays Capital and financial planning at Hillary Clinton for President.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (July 21, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071822372
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071822374
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #908,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Matthew R. Heusser on April 23, 2015
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If you want to get into business development and have no idea what it is, you might find this book helpful. Or you could just read this review.

According to the author, business development is less about 'sales', and more about forging new revenue streams by partnering with other businesses. For example, if you have a plugin for facebook that facebook can charge money for, you partner with facebook to get it in front of their users and pay them half of revenue. Other ways to partner are to make a product that saves the other company money, increases their productivity, makes their own product more sellable, provides more brand recognition, etc.

Most of the examples are web-based businesses - twitter, facebook, and other companies like them, but this can apply to anyone. Make a new widget and you need to make a deal with Wall*Mart, Target, or some other retail store to get it distributed. The author also discusses some traditional partnerships like an exclusive CD for a singer that goes in Starbucks, then also partnering with starbucks to promote concerts or dual-branding advertising, putting the CD on ads for starbucks "now in stores, pick up your copy of ..." (That worked great for a couple of years ... until it got over the top. You may remember all the biz media articles asking if Starbucks had lost it's way with too many tie-ins and not enough focus on making good coffee.)

It is in getting down the nuts and bolts of partnerships that the book loses it's way. In order to be good at business development you have to find who to partner with for your solution, then convince them. The author says this requires a combination of strategic thinking - as the businesses are puzzle pieces that will fit together - and social skills.
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I never thought I'd read a book that not only explains how nuanced business development can be, but actually gives you what you need to take teams big and small to grow their business through partnerships. Impressive and fun to read.
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We had Alexander on our podcast, The Entrepreneurs Library, to give a full run down of Pitching and Closing. He is extremely knowledgable and the book is phenomenal! If you want to get a review from the author himself, check out Episode 15.

You will want to pick it up immediately!!
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The book is called Pitching and Closing, but the text is actually only about pitching for tech, because that's all these two kids know and they think the entire world is like the narrow sliver they've experienced. They also don't think businesses have to worry how to be profitable (surprise!), that conversion comes first. The authors maintain that business development is less about sales and more about forging new revenue streams by partnering with other businesses. These kids need to look up "pyramid scheme." They worship data, without acknowledging how easy it is to manipulate it, and that this is de rigueur in the industry.

Aside from that the book is slow and redundant, with drawn-out stories that could have been reduced to short paragraphs. Really, truly awful. I find it hard to believe the positive reviews weren't all either planted (notice how short they all are, and say little beyond "The book is great!"), or are from other starry-eyed Millennials who think they're all going to be the next Mark Zuckerberg too. When the bubble pops, people will be laughing at the "wisdom" in this book.
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This book is a gem- detailed, but not verbose, visionary and still practical. It is an easy read but thought-provoking the whole way. Most business books lose steam. This only gains it as it moves toward the case studies, which are the most gripping part of the book. You end believing that you too can build businesses like these other entrepreneurs. This is a must read for any founder, investor or person looking to work on the business side of a start up.
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Love this book. It's really not a book composed of theories with no data--these are real, actionable items that people can simply put to practice the moment they pick up the book. The tech world isn't something easy to navigate or is it something easy to succeed in without failing a bunch of times. The book really takes the veil off the startup world and empowers people pursuing a job in it or looking to get better in their role.
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