After reviewing Losing My Virginity by Richard Branson, we decided to follow our entrepreneurial journey with “The Lean Startup” by Eric Ries. I have personally read this book, so I want to take this review from a personal point of view. Before starting to tell what you are going to find in it, I want to say that my expectations were higher than what I read.
Eric Ries has a long experience with internet startups, but he got most of his own skills while working at IMVU. As a Chief Technology Officer there, Eric was able to experiment and to extrapolate new ideas in the startup scene. This startup has been able to adapt and use a serie of ideas, which they have been later gathered under the name of “Lean Startup”.
In this book Eric Ries tells dozens of stories, from his own personal experience to great silicon valley startups that used the “Lean Startup” model. He tries to let us understand this new model, which, as he says, is going to change the way we see startups. The book is divided in three parts, which are the ones who build up every successful startup, Vision, Steer and Accelerate.
As Eric Ries says “The Lean Startup” is not something that it didn’t exist before he tried to build a church around this model. The Lean Startup method consists of a series of ideas and ways of acting that have been used by several companies in the last years. However they haven’t been categorized as a method until Eric Ries started talking about it.
This particular method aims to make your startup faster than before. If you use it, you will be more productive, you will be able to test and adapt faster. With this method you are able to understand when it is time to pivot and when you are doing a good job.
I really don’t think that The Lean Startup is “The Way”, but I believe it can help us understand things we didn’t know about our product. If you execute it in the right way without panicking and with all the stillness as possible you will be succeed. At the end you should be able to collect tons of data to analyze and use in order to launch new products or change the existing ones.
This book can be a good reading for an aspiring Entrepreneur, because it helps you see the world from another point of view. However it also can be very boring and repetitive; in some cases there are dozens of repetitions of the same concepts and it seems it says things that we already know and that are obvious to the entire world.
Eric Ries’ book can be difficult to comprehend and it can also be a boring reading ( I personally fell asleep twice), but that’s not the point. This book talks about Entrepreneurship, Startups and Tech. If we follow our motto (“The more we read, the more we understand”), at the end we will be able to see the big picture and we will understand that this reading can be another way to enlarge our skills and experience.
If you really care about building something in the right way, you should buy it. If you want to make the difference, you should buy it. If you want to understand more about how modern startups are built, The Lean Startup by Eric Ries is for you.
At Asana, we have been lucky to benefit from Eric’s advice firsthand; this book will enable him to help many more entrepreneurs answer the tough questions about their business. (Dustin Moskovitz)
Eric has created a science where previously there was only art. A must-read for every serious entrepreneur and every manager interested in innovation.(Marc Andreessen)