Blitzscaling by Reid Hoffman and Chris Yeh

According to Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn founder) and Chris Yeh (writer, investor and entrepreneur), “blitzscaling” is the strategy of prioritizing speed over efficiency in the face of uncertainty.

Indeed, it’s impressive when founders make their startups huge really fast. Like Uber, Airbnb, Amazon and other companies that didn’t exist just a few years ago. And now…

In fact, for some startups, aggressively growing is the best strategy to achieve a robust success.

But, how on Earth is it possible? That’s what you’ll see inside “Blitzscaling”.

Why you should read Blitzscaling

Because it effectively translates authors’ experience on startup development into powerful insights on…

The growth factors and limiters of your business model: the ability to exponentially scale your startup relies on maximizing the growth factors and minimizing the growth limiters of your business model. Growth factors are: market size, distribution, high gross margins, and network effects. Growth limiters are: lack of product/market fit, and operational scalability.

The patterns and principles to build a high-growth business: in this book, you’ll read about 7 business model proven patterns and 4 principles of business model innovation. Why reinvent the wheel?

The key transitions and counterintuitive rules of management: speed over efficiency. Remember? The decision to blitzscale will bring a ton of chaotic consequences for your startup’s management practices. What do you do when massive growth demands more people than you’re able to hire? And when you start receiving thousands of customers complaints? Yep, hard stuff…

Whether to blitzscale your startup or not: Reid and Chris made it very clear: there are contexts in which blitzscaling makes sense and others it doesn’t. Be aware of the criteria to decide blitzscaling your startup or not.

So, if you want to prepare your startup to grow at high rates in the near future, you should start by reading Blitzscaling.

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Entrepreneurial Negotiation by Samuel Dinnar and Lawrence Susskind

Entrepreneurial Negotiation is a comprehensive guide for you to understand the negotiation process and to improve your negotiation skills.

As a startup founder, you’ll have to negotiate with many parties like co-founders, customers, suppliers, employees and other stakeholders.

What you get from each negotiation will impact directly on your startup’s short and long-term outcomes.

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Exponential Organizations by Salim Ismail, Michael Malone and Yuri Van Geest

Are you designing your startup to be an exponential organization? If still don’t know what it is, I recommend you the book Exponential Organizations.

Let’s hear the authors: “An Exponential Organization is one whose impact (or output) is disproportionally large—at least 10x larger—compared to its peers because of the use of new organizational techniques that leverage accelerating technologies.”

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The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton M. Christensen

This is certainly a must-read book for everyone that wants to understand the dynamics of disruptive and sustaining innovations.

Clayton Christensen brings essential conclusions from his study about the Hard Disk industry evolution. These conclusions help us on understanding why disruptive innovations represent such a big threat for established companies.

Why is it so difficult for big companies to disrupt their own products and markets if they have plenty access to money, knowledge and power? The answer is not so simple.

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Zero to One by Peter Thiel

As the Co-founder of Paypal and an experienced venture capitalist, Peter Thiel knows well how the silicon valley works.

In Zero to One, Peter presents a lot of his knowledge about the dynamics of the startups business in a very provocative way.

His statements regarding monopoly, venture capitalism, innovation, competition, value, technology, mindset and attitude, money will make you think about how you will build and capture value with your startup.

Zero to One
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