The Lean Entrepreneur: How Visionaries Create Products, Innovate with New Ventures, and Disrupt Markets

John Wiley & Sons
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You are not a Visionary… yet.

The Lean Entrepreneur
shows you how to become one.

Most of us believe entrepreneurial visionaries are born, not made. Our media glorify business outliers like Bezos, Branson, Gates, and Jobs as heroes with X-ray vision who can look to the future, see clearly what will be, imagine a fully formed product or experience and then, simply make the vision real.

Many in our entrepreneur community still believe that to be visionary, we must merely execute on a seemingly good idea and ignore all doubt. With this mindset, companies build doomed products in a vacuum; enterprises make ill-fated innovation investment decisions; and employees and shareholders come along for an uncomfortable ride.

Falling prey to the Myth of the Visionary confuses talented entrepreneurs, product managers, innovators and investors. It leads us to heartbreaking, costly and preventable failures in new product and venture development.

The Lean Entrepreneur
moves us beyond this myth. It combines powerful customer insight, rapid experimentation and easily actionable data from the Lean Startup methodology to empower individuals, companies, and entire teams to evolve their vision, solve problems, and create value at the speed of the Internet.

Anyone can be visionary.  The Lean Entrepreneur shows you how to: 

  • Apply actionable tips, tricks and hacks from successful lean entrepreneurs. 
  • Leverage the Innovation Spectrum to disrupt existing markets and create new ones. 
  • Drive strategies for efficient market testing with Minimal Viable Products. 
  • Engage customers with Viability Testing and radically reduce time and budget for product development. 
  • Rapidly create cross-functional innovation teams that devour roadblocks and set new benchmarks. 
  • Bring your organization critical focus on the power of loyal customers and valuable products you can build to serve them. 
Leverage instructive tools, skill-building exercises, and worksheets along with bonus online videos.
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About the author

Brant Cooper helps organizations big and small move the needle. His startup career includes Tumbleweed, Timestamp, WildPackets, inCode, and many others. He has experienced IPO, acquisition, rapid growth, and miserable failure. Brant previously authored The Entrepreneur's Guide to Customer Development, the first purpose-written book to discuss lean startup and customer development concepts, earning a distribution of over 50,000 copies. Brant has worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs across the globe and is a sought-after speaker, having presented at leading companies such as Qualcomm, Intuit, Capital One, and Hewlett-Packard. Brant is reachable @brantcooper. He lives with (and continuously learns from) his two daughters, Riva and Eliza, near Swami's in Encinitas, California.

Patrick Vlaskovits is an entrepreneur, author, and consultant, and more than anything wishes he were a polymath. His writing has been featured on the Harvard Business Review blog, the Wall Street Journal blog, and The Browser. Patrick routinely speaks at technology conferences nationally and internationally, including SXSW, GROW Conference, the Turing Festival, and the Lean Startup Conference. He co-founded two startups, currently advises multiple technology startups, and serves as a mentor for 500 Startups, a seed fund and startup accelerator. As a principal at Moves the Needle, he counts Fortune 100 companies in his client list. The Lean Entrepreneur is his second book. The first, The Entrepreneur's Guide to Customer Development, is a required course text for MBA and undergrad at universities such as the University of Chicago Booth School and Berkeley. He has also guest-lectured at Stanford and UCLA. For some unknown reason, Patrick holds a master's in economics from UC Santa Barbara. When he has spare time, he can be found on Orange County beaches with his family. Tweet at him @Pv and read his blog at vlaskovits.com.

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Publisher
John Wiley & Sons
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Published on
Jan 23, 2013
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Pages
288
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ISBN
9781118331866
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Language
English
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Business & Economics / General
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Brant Cooper
Leverage the framework of visionaries to innovate, disrupt, and ultimately succeed as an entrepreneur

The Lean Entrepreneur, Second Edition banishes the "Myth of the Visionary" and shows you how you can implement proven, actionable techniques to create products and disrupt existing markets on your way to entrepreneurial success. The follow-up to the New York Times bestseller, this great guide combines the concepts of customer insight, rapid experimentation, and actionable data from the Lean Startup methodology to allow individuals, teams, or even entire companies to solve problems, create value, and ramp up their vision quickly and efficiently.

The belief that innovative outliers like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates have some super-human ability to envision the future and build innovative products to meet needs that have yet to arise is a fallacy that too many fall prey to. This 'Myth of the Visionary' does nothing but get in the way of talented managers, investors, innovators, and entrepreneurs. Taking a proven, measured approach, The Lean Entrepreneur will have you engaging customers, reducing time to market and budgets, and stressing your organization's focus on the power of loyal customers to build powerhouse new products and companies. This guide will show you how to:

Apply actionable tips and tricks from successful lean entrepreneurs with proven track records Leverage the Innovation Spectrum to disrupt markets and create altogether new markets Use minimum viable products to drive strategy and conduct efficient market testing Quickly develop cross-functional innovation teams to overcome typical startup roadblocks

The Lean Entrepreneur is your complete guide to getting your startup moving in the right direction quickly and hyper-efficiently.

Brant Cooper
Leverage the framework of visionaries to innovate, disrupt, and ultimately succeed as an entrepreneur

The Lean Entrepreneur, Second Edition banishes the "Myth of the Visionary" and shows you how you can implement proven, actionable techniques to create products and disrupt existing markets on your way to entrepreneurial success. The follow-up to the New York Times bestseller, this great guide combines the concepts of customer insight, rapid experimentation, and actionable data from the Lean Startup methodology to allow individuals, teams, or even entire companies to solve problems, create value, and ramp up their vision quickly and efficiently.

The belief that innovative outliers like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates have some super-human ability to envision the future and build innovative products to meet needs that have yet to arise is a fallacy that too many fall prey to. This 'Myth of the Visionary' does nothing but get in the way of talented managers, investors, innovators, and entrepreneurs. Taking a proven, measured approach, The Lean Entrepreneur will have you engaging customers, reducing time to market and budgets, and stressing your organization's focus on the power of loyal customers to build powerhouse new products and companies. This guide will show you how to:

Apply actionable tips and tricks from successful lean entrepreneurs with proven track records Leverage the Innovation Spectrum to disrupt markets and create altogether new markets Use minimum viable products to drive strategy and conduct efficient market testing Quickly develop cross-functional innovation teams to overcome typical startup roadblocks

The Lean Entrepreneur is your complete guide to getting your startup moving in the right direction quickly and hyper-efficiently.

Jeremiah Gardner
Goodbye, old-school branding. Hello, innovation.As much as traditional branding may flinch at the idea, the great brands emerging today are no longer being developed by a “brand genius” on the 40th floor of a Madison Avenue high rise. 

Today, great brand development isn’t about genius, it’s about the discovery of value. 

The Lean Brand is the first book to apply lean principles to the marketing black box of branding empowering innovators to experiment often, iterate quickly, and discover the winning relationship with their audience. 

Just as with “lean startup,” where you are attempting to eliminate the waste in building products no one wants, “lean branding” is about eliminating the waste of building a brand no one wants a relationship with. 

The cost of failing to innovate with your brand? Millions of dollars in lost sales, missed opportunities for growth, and countless unsatisfied customers. 

This is not new jargon for old thinking, but a fundamental shift in how brand development works. 

The Lean Brand is the new blueprint for building value-based relationships with passionate customers. Distilling years of experience on the front lines of startup marketing and the lean startup movement, Jeremiah Gardner teams up with New York Times bestselling author Brant Cooper to reveal: How to implement Lean Brand Innovation To Discover, Create & Deliver New ValueNew startup marketing techniques for Parallel Innovation between product management, brand strategy, and business cultureHow to optimize your branding strategy to discover, develop and build passionate customersHow startups can eliminate waste in their customer development and brand strategy using The Lean Brand FrameworkHow to use lean startup Viability Experiments to test and iterate your brand for high growthA set of practical tools called the Lean Brand Stack to help you iterate quickly, learn as much as you can, and build passionate relationships with your audienceGreat brands must do more than just satisfy customers; they must create passionate ones. 

The Lean Brand shows you how to develop meaningful relationships with your audience, based on a shared journey of value creation. 

Whether incrementally improving an existing brand, re-branding your enterprise, or building the next great startup, the winning relationship with your audience will come from a process of discovery. This book lays out a brand innovation framework for you to study, practice and iterate on, and eventually make your own.
Neil Patel
A New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and IndieBound bestseller that Fortune says is a must-read for any entrepreneur!

Too often we feel like underdogs fighting a system that stacks the odds against us. We work hard, follow the rules, and dream of a better life. But these days, working harder doesn't always lead to fulfillment. In fact, according to Gallup research, nearly 90 percent of people feel disconnected from their jobs. So how do you break free from the drudgery and achieve more success on your own terms?

You hustle.

The secret lies in making manageable tweaks and placing small bets on pursuits that propel you from who you are today to the person you're destined to become.

In Hustle, Neil Patel, Patrick Vlaskovits, and Jonas Koffler--three of the nation's top entrepreneurs and consultants--have teamed up to teach you how to look at work and life through a new lens--one based on discovering projects you enjoy and the people and opportunities that support your talents, growth, income, and happiness.

The authors reveal their groundbreaking three-part framework of Heart, Head, and Habits. Along the way, you will learn to redefine hustle as the optimal path to success using powerful, often counterintuitive, advice, including:Why you must own your dreams, not rent dreams from othersWays to create your own luck and "POP"How to betray yourself to stay true to yourself--and develop your potentialThe four major career hustles and the path that's best for you

More than just an inspirational career guide, Hustle aims to fundamentally transform the way you work and live, and give yourself permission to thrive in today's uncertain world.

Brant Cooper
 El emprendedor lean ofrece nuevas ideas, herramientas y actividades para ayudar a las empresas a crecer en entornos de máxima incertidumbre en los que ya no sirven las técnicas de gestión tradicional basadas en la predicción y la planificación.

Siguiendo los principios del pensamiento lean clásico, Brant Cooper y Patrick Vlaskovits se centran en tres focos de atención principales: cómo interactuar con los clientes, cómo llevar a cabo experimentos y cómo utilizar los datos para obtener resultados positivos en cualquier iniciativa empresarial incierta, consiguiendo eliminar el desperdicio. Logran así un triple objetivo:

 

·      Describir por qué nuestra economía está preparada para una nueva ola de emprendimiento mediante el uso de nuevos métodos de innovación disruptiva.

·      Proporcionar ejemplos del mundo real de cómo los emprendedores están creando nuevos mercados y transformando otros.

·      Enseñar cómo se puede comenzar a crear valor.

 

Para ello introducen, entre otras cosas, el proceso de descubrimiento del flujo de valor, que ayuda a las empresas a realizar hipótesis sobre lo que deben hacer para crear valor, incluyendo el desarrollo de producto, el marketing y las ventas.

 

 

«Si eres un emprendedor, este es un libro de lectura obligatoria para iniciar tu aventura startup»

Brad Feld, cofundador de TechStars

 

«Este libro fascinante muestra que, en la intersección entre la disrupción y el pensamiento de las empresas lean, existe un nuevo mundo: la emprendeduría lean»

Paul Kedrosky, creador de Infectious Greed (en el top 25 de blogs financieros según la revista Time)

 

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