The best entrepreneurs balance brilliant business ideas with a rigorous commitment to serving their customers' needs.
If you read nothing else on entrepreneurship and startups, read these 10 articles by experts in the field. We've combed through hundreds of articles in the Harvard Business Review archive and selected the most important ones to help you build your company for enduring success.
Leading experts and practitioners such as Clayton Christensen, Marc Andreessen, and Reid Hoffman provide the insights and advice that will inspire you to:
- Understand what makes entrepreneurial leaders tick
- Know what matters in a great business plan
- Adopt lean startup practices such as business model experimentation
- Be prepared for the race for scale in Silicon Valley
- Better understand the world of venture capital--and know what you'll get along with VC funding
- Take an alternative approach to entrepreneurship: buy an existing business and run it as CEO
This collection of articles includes "Hiring an Entrepreneurial Leader," by Timothy Butler; "How to Write a Great Business Plan," by William A. Sahlman; "Why the Lean Start-Up Changes Everything," by Steve Blank; "The President of SRI Ventures on Bringing Siri to Life," by Norman Winarsky; "In Search of the Next Big Thing," an interview with Marc Andreessen by Adi Ignatius; "Six Myths About Venture Capitalists," by Diane Mulcahy; "Chobani's Founder on Growing a Start-Up Without Outside Investors," by Hamdi Ulukaya; "Network Effects Aren’t Enough," by Andrei Hagiu and Simon Rothman; "Blitzscaling," an interview with Reid Hoffman by Tim Sullivan; "Buying Your Way into Entrepreneurship," by Richard S. Ruback and Royce Yudkoff; and "The Founder's Dilemma," by Noam Wasserman.
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Table of Contents
Hiring an Entrepreneurial Leader 1
How to Write a Great Business Plan 13
Why the Lean Start-Up Changes Everything 35
The President of SRI Ventures on Bringing Siri to Life 49
In Search of the Next Big Thing 59
Six Myths About Venture Capitalists 69
Chobani's Founder on Growing a Start-Up Without Outside Investors 77
Network Effects Aren't Enough 87
Buying Your Way into Entrepreneurship 115
The Founder's Dilemma 125
About the Contributors 137