I found this book surprisingly absorbing and engaging - quite an achievement for a book about startup business strategies.
Matthew's style is highly readable with lively descriptions of the four case study firms he profiles, and a clear thread between them linking their success with his own business experiences.
The lessons he extracts from their example are fresh and original, and run counter to conventional startup wisdom, which tend to celebrate clichés of long hours, passionate dedication and radical pivots from one sector to another. The Made to Fail entrepreneurs feel authentic and interesting: real-world businesses you can learn something from.
75 of 76 people found the following review helpful
My two year old loves this, and we've all seen the episodes at least ten times now - and yet it's still pretty entertaining for adults as well.
- The Fire Engine
- Polly's Boat Trip
- Grandpa at the Playground
- Teddy Playgroup
- Delphine Donkey
- The Train Ride
- Danny's Pirate Party
- Trip to the Moon
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
I didn't buy this straightaway, thinking that I'd be able to find most of the content on various websites, but I'm very glad I took the plunge. There's lots in here that's of immediate practical use, as well as plenty of food for thought about how you put a site together more generally, in terms of separating structure, behaviour and presentation.
The code examples are clearly explained, but I did feel it helped to have some background with CSS and PHP as the book dives right into function calls, object properties and the like - and yet does a good job of making these accessible.
If there's a weakness, I'd say it occasionally takes too long to make its… Read more