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Blank is recognized for developing the customer development method that launched the lean startup movement, a methodology which recognized that startups are not smaller versions of large companies, but require their own set of processes and tools to be successful.
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The Lean Startup
How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses
Eric Ries - 2011-09-13
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Discover a new approach to building successful startups and launching new products in the face of extreme uncertainty. The Lean Startup helps companies of all sizes to be more capital efficient and leverage human creativity more effectively. Author Eric Ries offers a scientific approach to creating and managing startups that utilizes rapid experimentation and validated learning, rather than traditional business plans. Learn how to adapt and adjust your vision before it's too late and stay ahead of the competition in today's constantly evolving market.
Steve Blank
A “must have” for your shelf.      source
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The Innovator's Dilemma
When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail
Clayton M. Christensen - 2003-01-07 (first published in 1997)
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Learn how even the most successful companies can lose market leadership in the face of disruptive innovation. Renowned author Clayton M. Christensen offers a set of rules for capitalizing on these new waves of innovation, using both successes and failures from leading companies as a guide. This classic bestseller, cited by the likes of Steve Jobs and Malcolm Gladwell, is a must-read for any manager, leader, or entrepreneur.
Steve Blank
Christensen’s The Innovator’s Dilemma is the foundational read for managing disruptive innovation. Since then, Christensen, who was channeling Schumpeter, [the inventor of the term ‘creative destruction’], has bounced between arguing that innovation comes from startups and that innovation comes from corporations. The answer, of course, is that he is right in both cases.      source
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Strategy and Structure
Chapters in the History of the Industrial Enterprise
Alfred D. Chandler - 1969-08-15 (first published in 1962)
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"Strategy and Structure" is a classic text that examines how the largest corporations in America dealt with the challenge of managing an expanding business. Based on intensive studies of General Motors, Dupont, Standard Oil of New Jersey, and Sears, Roebuck, this book explores the history of corporate expansion in America and the modern decentralized corporate structure developed by four major companies. This is a must-read for anyone interested in business history and corporate strategy.
Steve Blank
Strategy and Structure, like everything Chandler wrote, is brilliant — turgid (you can read one out every five pages and still get it), but brilliant. The fact that organizational charts were not found chiseled on the pyramids and the notion that structure follows strategy changed my life. Read it because we haven’t quite come up with an organizational model that solves the strategic problems we are facing today with the internet and disruption and speed.      source
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Value Proposition Design
How to Create Products and Services Customers Want (Strategyzer)
Alexander Osterwalder - 2015-01-28 (first published in 2013)
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Learn to design, test, create, and manage products and services that customers actually want with "Value Proposition Design." This practical business tool, complemented by illustrations and workshop suggestions, helps you apply the lessons in real-time. On, you can complete interactive exercises, learn from your peers, and download helpful checklists and PDFs. If you've ever been frustrated by unproductive product meetings or disappointed by the failure of good ideas, this book is the key to unlocking success.
Steve Blank
Is a “must have” for anyone creating a new venture. It captures the core issues around understanding and finding customer problems and designing and validating potential solutions.      source