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The one primer you need to develop your entrepreneurial skills. Whether you're imagining your new business to be the next big thing in Silicon Valley, a pivotal B2B provider, or an anchor in your local community, the HBR Entrepreneur's Handbook is your essential resource for getting your company off the ground. Starting an independent new business is rife with both opportuni The one primer you need to develop your entrepreneurial skills. Whether you're imagining your new business to be the next big thing in Silicon Valley, a pivotal B2B provider, or an anchor in your local community, the HBR Entrepreneur's Handbook is your essential resource for getting your company off the ground. Starting an independent new business is rife with both opportunity and risk. And as an entrepreneur, you're the one in charge: your actions can make or break your business. You need to know the tried-and-true fundamentals--from writing a business plan to getting your first loan. You also need to know the latest thinking on how to create an irresistible pitch deck, mitigate risk through experimentation, and develop unique opportunities through business model innovation. The HBR Entrepreneur's Handbook addresses these challenges and more with practical advice and wisdom from Harvard Business Review's archive. Keep this comprehensive guide with you throughout your startup's life--and increase your business's odds for success. In the HBR Entrepreneur's Handbook you'll find: Step-by-step guidance through the entrepreneurial process Concise explanations of the latest research and thinking on entrepreneurship from Harvard Business Review contributors such as Marc Andreessen and Reid Hoffman Time-honed best practices Stories of real companies, from Airbnb to eBay You'll learn: Which skills and characteristics make for the best entrepreneurs How to gauge potential opportunities The basics of business models and competitive strategy How to test your assumptions--before you build a whole business How to select the right legal structure for your company How to navigate funding options, from venture capital and angel investors to accelerators and crowdfunding How to develop sales and marketing programs for your venture What entrepreneurial leaders must do to build culture and set direction as the business keeps growing HBR Handbooks provide ambitious professionals with the frameworks, advice, and tools they need to excel in their careers. With step-by-step guidance, time-honed best practices, real-life stories, and concise explanations of research published in Harvard Business Review, each comprehensive volume helps you to stand out from the pack--whatever your role.


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The one primer you need to develop your entrepreneurial skills. Whether you're imagining your new business to be the next big thing in Silicon Valley, a pivotal B2B provider, or an anchor in your local community, the HBR Entrepreneur's Handbook is your essential resource for getting your company off the ground. Starting an independent new business is rife with both opportuni The one primer you need to develop your entrepreneurial skills. Whether you're imagining your new business to be the next big thing in Silicon Valley, a pivotal B2B provider, or an anchor in your local community, the HBR Entrepreneur's Handbook is your essential resource for getting your company off the ground. Starting an independent new business is rife with both opportunity and risk. And as an entrepreneur, you're the one in charge: your actions can make or break your business. You need to know the tried-and-true fundamentals--from writing a business plan to getting your first loan. You also need to know the latest thinking on how to create an irresistible pitch deck, mitigate risk through experimentation, and develop unique opportunities through business model innovation. The HBR Entrepreneur's Handbook addresses these challenges and more with practical advice and wisdom from Harvard Business Review's archive. Keep this comprehensive guide with you throughout your startup's life--and increase your business's odds for success. In the HBR Entrepreneur's Handbook you'll find: Step-by-step guidance through the entrepreneurial process Concise explanations of the latest research and thinking on entrepreneurship from Harvard Business Review contributors such as Marc Andreessen and Reid Hoffman Time-honed best practices Stories of real companies, from Airbnb to eBay You'll learn: Which skills and characteristics make for the best entrepreneurs How to gauge potential opportunities The basics of business models and competitive strategy How to test your assumptions--before you build a whole business How to select the right legal structure for your company How to navigate funding options, from venture capital and angel investors to accelerators and crowdfunding How to develop sales and marketing programs for your venture What entrepreneurial leaders must do to build culture and set direction as the business keeps growing HBR Handbooks provide ambitious professionals with the frameworks, advice, and tools they need to excel in their careers. With step-by-step guidance, time-honed best practices, real-life stories, and concise explanations of research published in Harvard Business Review, each comprehensive volume helps you to stand out from the pack--whatever your role.

30 review for The Harvard Business Review Entrepreneur's Handbook: Everything You Need to Launch and Grow Your New Business

  1. 5 out of 5

    JaqyLantern

    The best way I can describe this is...odd. When I saw the title I was expecting a book that would get more down to the nitty-gritty of a business. The legal aspects of starting up, taxes, how to get through the first 3 years without closing. That isn't really what we got. The beginning of the book seemed promising, as it did explain the differences in partnership, corporation, and LLC. That was the most I found useful. I can even see the benefit of how to find investors (if you're forming a tech The best way I can describe this is...odd. When I saw the title I was expecting a book that would get more down to the nitty-gritty of a business. The legal aspects of starting up, taxes, how to get through the first 3 years without closing. That isn't really what we got. The beginning of the book seemed promising, as it did explain the differences in partnership, corporation, and LLC. That was the most I found useful. I can even see the benefit of how to find investors (if you're forming a tech company or designing the next great VR system). Other than that, though, this didn't feel like it was for someone launching a business. It goes into topics such as going public and forming a board of directors. It referenced giants, whose success is admirable but rare- EBay, Air B&B, Occulus Rift. The only person I would recommend this to is someone who already has their business and made it through the first two years and are looking to grow. Anyone else, probably won't find this helpful.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Vitor Kneipp

    The book introduces the reader to topics relevant to each maturity stage of a business. If you’re generally curious in the dynamics between investor and entrepreneur, building culture, recruiting board members, go for it. But beware that if you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, reading this book is not your priority. You’ll find more immediately useful information to starting a venture if you got exposed to lean methods, user centered design (UCD), extreme programming (XP) (if your idea is in tech). A The book introduces the reader to topics relevant to each maturity stage of a business. If you’re generally curious in the dynamics between investor and entrepreneur, building culture, recruiting board members, go for it. But beware that if you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, reading this book is not your priority. You’ll find more immediately useful information to starting a venture if you got exposed to lean methods, user centered design (UCD), extreme programming (XP) (if your idea is in tech). Authors who may interest you are: Lean: Steve Blank, Eric Ries, Alexander Ostervalder, Ash Maurya. UCD: Erica Hall (there are more, but start with reading on UX Research) XP: Kent Beck, Jeff Patton, others including but not limited the founders of the Agile Manifesto. However, I’d be lying if I told you nothing is to be learned here - pros and cons of capital raising alternatives and tips for forming your board definitely clarified my thoughts. .

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sandeep Gautam

    If you plan to start a new business or have already started on your entrepreneurial journey, this book will prove to be handy. It covers a lot of ground- from identifying an entrepreneurial opportunity to formulating business model and strategy to financing your business and understanding financial statements, and everything is covered clearly and succinctly. Be it exiting from your startup, or how to evaluate the worth of your company, the book provides informational and case studies to make th If you plan to start a new business or have already started on your entrepreneurial journey, this book will prove to be handy. It covers a lot of ground- from identifying an entrepreneurial opportunity to formulating business model and strategy to financing your business and understanding financial statements, and everything is covered clearly and succinctly. Be it exiting from your startup, or how to evaluate the worth of your company, the book provides informational and case studies to make the concepts come alive. I found it useful to read and personally relevant and will recommend it to budding entrepreneurs.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kedijik

    Good basics book - reminded me a lot of PMP prep books where they really cover all the project management basics and interdependencies but don't really teach you how to execute those basics. If you read it with a bit of experience under your belt, that's when you appreciate the importance of all the basics being written down. Think of this as a brain jogging activity as to whether you are making a costly mistake or not, not a practical how to guide. Good basics book - reminded me a lot of PMP prep books where they really cover all the project management basics and interdependencies but don't really teach you how to execute those basics. If you read it with a bit of experience under your belt, that's when you appreciate the importance of all the basics being written down. Think of this as a brain jogging activity as to whether you are making a costly mistake or not, not a practical how to guide.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Gomes

    Very USA focused and not much insights. However the chapter on bringing cultural change was helpful but not something unknown. Way too many names, who worked in successful companies with million dollar revenues and some topics have a few biased views. Guess europe is quite different in that aspect.

  6. 4 out of 5

    ReineFang

    An easier read as compared to many other business/finance books out there. Suitable for most lay people I would think.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mustafa Ayhan

    A compact info set for an entrepreneur. The financial part is more related to US but most of them valid for other countries as well.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Glenn Needs

    This is a great book, I learned a lot.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kikaliyo Kemdoshians

    Not very helpful ,for early stage startups.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Basel Qabouq

    average combined old information, maybe would be a good choice for someone completly new to the business world

  11. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra Restrepo

    Its a broad overview that gives you an outline of what you need to start learning/looking into to get a grasp on entrepreneurship basics.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Song Teerut

  13. 5 out of 5

    shashank mishra

  14. 4 out of 5

    Paul

  15. 4 out of 5

    Benji

  16. 4 out of 5

    Christian Emmert

  17. 5 out of 5

    Harald Johansson

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mandy Cheung

  19. 5 out of 5

    Onur Bilgin

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mekai

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sriram S Velury

  22. 4 out of 5

    Aditya Rai Sud

  23. 5 out of 5

    Filipe Basile

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cagatay Guven

  25. 5 out of 5

    Vince Dean,

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mason Edwards

  27. 4 out of 5

    Karen M

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bülent Özdil

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ghulam Hazrat

  30. 4 out of 5

    Chatchai Chatpunyakul

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