The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

The Lean Startup

Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable.  The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched. Eric Ries defines a startup as an organization dedicated to creating something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty. This is just as true for one person in a garage or a group of seasoned professionals in a Fortune 500 boardroom. What they h...

Details The Lean Startup

TitleThe Lean Startup
Release DateSep 13th, 2011
PublisherCrown Business
Number of pages299 pages
GenreBusiness, Nonfiction, Entrepreneurship, Management

Reviews The Lean Startup

  • Herve
    After reading Clayton Christensen, Geoffrey Moore and Steve Blank, I was expecting a lot from The Lean Startup by Eric Ries. I was disappointed. It could be that I did not read it well or too fast, but I was expecting much more. But instead of saying what I did not like, let me begin with the good points. Just like the previous three authors, Ries shows that innovation may be totally counterintuitive: "My cofounders and I are determined to make n...
  • Andy Stager
    I'm currently starting a new church as well as helping my wife run a bow tie business. This book is about entrepreneurship, and its examples mostly come from the software development industry. Nevertheless, there was much food for thought here. Takeaways:1. Put out a 'MVP'. As fast as possible, put out a 'minimum viable product' and see if anyone is willing to buy it. If you spend forever making the product the best it could possibly be, you may ...
  • Stephanie Sun
    "The big question of our time is not Can it be built? but Should it be built?"I wasn't too surprised to find that Eric Ries is a great writer: clear, intellectually honest, articulate, and good-humored. As Ries readily admits in the Epilogue, the theories and frameworks promoted in this book have the danger of being used retroactively to justify what you did in the past, or what you've already decided that you want to do, no matter your industry....
  • Adam Bradley
    I think this book could have been effectively distilled into one of about a fifth the length -- and provided me with a much faster feedback loop on the ideas it contained. So consider that an example of the author not abiding by his own principles.Another example of the book not abiding by its own counsel: in recounting case studies, he assures us that the case studies are "successful" by telling us about venture funding and acquisition offers, w...
  • Rick
    This is a massively important book that turned out to be much harder to read than I expected, and left me still pretty confused about how to implement much of the advice in the book. But I like what it did to my thinking, even though I was familiar with many of the concepts in the book already. But boy, I sure do like Five Whys. I am so ready to have kids. There are some really wonderful simple quotes too:"management is human systems engineering....
  • José
    As I read chapter after chapter I found myself thinking 'Great introduction to the topic, now let's hope the next one contains some real meat'. Unfortunately that feeling accompanied me until the end of the book.Don't get me wrong, this book contains a lot of useful ideas if you are into entepreneurship: the build-measure-lean cycle driven by the knowledge you want to acquire, validated learning, treating everything as en experiment with its corr...
  • Sher❤ The Fabulous BookLover
    After initially giving this 3 stars I had to go back and give this 4 Stars. This book is amazing for those starting a company, those who already own a company and those thinking about making that move. Beware, this book is better in practice than in theory. If you consider yourself an entrepreneur and are willing to put the principles into practice, then it's worth reading.
  • Jon-Erik
    If I was reviewing the idea in this book, it would get 5 stars.As a book, there are few problems. First, just stylistically, I feel like I'm being lectured by a precocious toddler about how to do things. The tone is professorial, to put it charitably. Second, there is a bit of incongruity between a system explaining that you need to engage in scientific testing in almost Popperian fashion on the one hand and a series of case studies on the other....
  • Chris Johnson
    This was a nice book that talks as much about Silcon Valley style culture as anything else. A ton of my peers are in mid-career finance/law/govenrment jobs. The only way they stay for years is if there is some sort of inefficiency that keeps them there. The utility of the tasks they perform isn't much - at all. I loved the ethos that Eric shares...When a new employee makes a mistake: "SHame on us for making it easy for you to fail." That type of ...
  • Ismail Elshareef
    I started reading Eric Ries's blog, "Startup Lessons Learned," back in October 2008. I was quickly impressed by his technical acumen and the simplicity of his writing. I also enjoyed the breadth of topics covered and how engaging they were.Needless to say, I was glad to hear that he was going to distill all his knowledge into a book, and now that I read the book, I'm glad to say that he didn't disappoint.The book defines a startup as a 1) a human...
  • Duong Tan
    Kể từ lần đọc đầu tiên cho đến giờ, chưa bao giờ cuốn “The Lean Startup” (Khởi nghiệp Tinh gọn) không nằm trong danh sách “phải đọc” mà tôi khuyến cáo đối với người học tập và thực hành Lean\Agile.Đây là cuốn sách được đánh giá rất cao bởi rất nhiều người thuộc nhiều lĩnh vực khác nhau: doanh nhân, nhà quản trị, lập trình viên, nhà giáo...
  • huydx
    Lean startup là một cuốn sách tổng hợp những suy nghĩ, trải nghiệm của Eric Ries, CEO của IMVU khi trên đường xây dựng một startup để người dùng giao tiếp với nhau thông qua avatar. Những trải nghiệm của Eric Ries và những gì ông rút ra được tóm gọn lại trong một "process", mà không chỉ áp dụng được cho giới khởi nghiệp, mà còn có thể áp dụng cho những ...
  • George Wang
    I originally came across this title here: hearing about the Lean Startup methodology time after time in the startup world, I decided to give this book a try. Although I've heard of the basics concepts like the Minimal Viable Product and the benefits of quick iterations, reading about the methodology in detail provided a lot more context to these concepts and helped me gave me the tools that I can use ...
  • John
    While I'm giving this a 4 star, I really want it to be a 3 and a half. 4 because it's very motivating and there's a lot of valuable techniques in there, especially around metrics, different businesses' engines of growth, and running effective retrospective/5 whys meetings.3 because it suffers from a lot of the "business bedside story" effect (see the halo effect for what that means) and there's a pretty nasty survivor bias, a lot of not quite sci...
  • David
    Much better book than I expected. Eric explains his mindset and his approach to product development and how to run a start-up, and he makes TOTAL sense. I thought I knew concepts like validated learning & continuous deployment, but reading through this book really solidifies these ideas in my head. These insights are really impressive and I'm hoping I can apply some of the ideas in my next startup.
  • Bulent Duagi
    Building block for entrepreneurs. Simple concepts with high applicability.
  • Chad Warner
    This book applies science to entrepreneurship. It tells businesses, and especially startups, how to start small and simple, then grow through learning, testing, measuring, and rapidly innovating. It advocates “just-in-time scalability”: conducting product experiments without massive up-front investments in planning and design. It shows the value of actionable metrics for decision-making, and the importance of pivoting (changing course) when n...
  • Bill Harrison
    This book has acquired an iconic status among business books published in the last few years. I was first given a copy at a technology conference in San Francisco last year and since then it seems that everyone in my business network has read and is discussing this book. For the most part this popularity is justified. The book dissects the current trend toward quick, low-cost start-ups that focus on action over research, and on making mistakes ov...
  • Miquel Reina
    Lean Startup is an essential book for all those who want to start their own startup or have an idea to develop it. Through examples of real startups, one of which is the author's own, Eric teaches us to detect problems that we face in the development and growth of our startup, giving us tips, techniques and skills that will minimize the risk to develop our bright idea. Although it is a very specific book is highly recommended for all entrepreneur...
  • Tom
    It's a good book, and if everyone read and understood it I'm sure companies would be far more efficient at innovating. I felt some of the messages could have been made clearer by improving the style of the book. There are a few too many terms like "Engines of Growth" that cloud some of the meaning. My biggest criticism would be many of the anecdotes didn't really do justice to the points Eric would later made.Unlike many management books that ham...
  • Tomasz Sabała
    In my opionion a must read for anyone working in any type of industry.Parapharsing the author: "We leave in times when we can build anything we can think of, the question is what to build".
  • Nathan
    I've been following Eric Ries's writing on the "lean startup" idea for a while now. I remember speaking to him at the Gov 2.0 conference a few years ago, and saying "look, I get what you're saying, but how can you be sure it's not just you extrapolating from your successes?". He said then, "yes, I know, every business writer seems to do that, but I don't claim to have found a universal rule, it's just something that worked for me and might work f...
  • Nick Brown
    I suspect this book will go down in history as a classic in the business literature. For those who don't know, the Lean Startup movement is about simply put not wasting people's time. Eric Ries argues that many entrepreneurs and their enterprises are wasteful - they make products and services nobody wants to use. The Lean Startup is the intellectual framework where bout entrepreneurs can reduce the amount of waste they are generated in unwanted p...
  • Prithvi Shams
    A startup is characterized by the fact that it doesn't cater to an existing market, rather it *creates* a new market with its product. There is no existing customer profile to mould your marketing strategy on, so traditional marketing and business thinking does not fare well in a startup scenario. "Lean Startup" philosophy, inspired by the Toyota production system, is a lighthouse to guide the entrepreneur in his forays into uncharted territory. ...
  • Khánh Trình
    Đây là lần đọc nghiêm túc thực sự của mình với Lean Startup. Thú thật là nội dung sách rất hữu ích nhưng tác giả viết lặp đi lặp lại nhiều quá làm mình thấy chán. Các chương đầu từ 1 đến 6 vẫn có lòng vòng trong nội dung của vòng lặp học hỏi => xây dựng => đo lường, lặp lại các câu "muốn sản phẩm thành công phải tăng số vòng lặp, chấp nh...
  • Fran Toolan
    Like most business books, the gems are embedded in the fluff. As someone who has run self (and under) funded startup companies for a very long time, it was good to see put into text what I've been doing all these years.But, being under funded, and hence always seemingly on the verge of failure, we had no choice but to employ the tactics given here. We always had to generate some kind of income to keep going, so we couldn't afford to wait for perf...
  • Scott
    Useful, practical resource for organizations - both large and small - seeking a sustainable process for making the most efficient use of their time, money and attention. I recommended it to startup companies, which have limited resources and operating history and have yet to prove themselves, and particularly web and digital startups, which are best equipped to do the continuous testing, measuring and refining that the author calls for in the pur...
  • Jevgeni Holodkov
    This book is mostly a theoretical essay (though with a lot of examples) on how to apply "lean" ideas to startups and its execution. The main idea of this book is to follow and focus on (!) "build-measure-learn" loop when you run startup (or, actually, do anything). It basically means that we need not just do and learn, but rather do, learn and make sure we really learned something new. It is achieved with giving a claim (hypotesis setting) and te...
  • Jacob
    This book is NOT limited to the narrow idea that Entrepreneurs are all business owners who startup something from scratch. Instead the terms entrepreneur and startup are used by the author to describe people and endeavors designed to innovate and succeed in business regardless of being a new company or a very established one.The Lean Startup idea has its roots in modern lean manufacturing and engineering. I love the authors concept of a Minimal V...
  • Ben Love
    A second-time read for me as I consider the approach to be one of the better “tools in the toolbox” for a lot of the scenarios I’m facing. Keep in mind that many tools are needed and this is no magic wand, but it’s a logical end point for lots of buzzwords and methodologies in larger organizations. Critical point: this type of change HAS to start at the top.