This wasn't what I was expecting it to be - but it was much better. I thought it would be an ABC guide to being a good venture capital investor from one of the masters of the trade. If you are a young venture capital investor, or looking to move into venture capital as a career, you would be an idiot not to read it. You could certainly take a huge amount from it if that was what you were seeking but it is also much more than that.
I hadn't appreciated Bill's academic background as an economist. Old habits die hard though and he has written a brilliant analysis of how venture capital sits within the innovation ecosystem and the wider economy. One of the central ideas of the book… Read more
There is no doubt Sapper Jack Martin was pretty much a normal regular guy. Largely self-educated, wry, refreshingly unambitious, normal. His war life made him extraordinary. He kept a diary (not allowed to), he didn't shoot through the ranks, he didn't become institutionalised, he didn't become bitter, self pitying, politicised or moan. He remained remarkably calm and intact. His story is extraordinary because it is so rare to hear the voice of someone in his situation.
The diary is fascinating, descriptive, evocative and wonderfully readable. It also makes you realise, almost 100 years later, just how far our society has come in some ways - for good and for bad. While we might… Read more
Eric Ries is an extraordinary entrepreneur. The innovative way in which he has launched The Lean Startup itself is testament to his incredible creativity and energy.
Anyone, whether they are in technology or any other sector, who is involved in product development, should read this book, make sure that everyone in their team has read this book and then argued over a beer about whether it applies to them. Not everyone will agree with everything he says, no doubt some people will think they know better, good luck to them.
Some people will rail against the use of terms like, 'Pivot', that Eric uses to describe the (entirely rational) process of discovering the market for… Read more