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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 12, 2018
Like a lot of other readers, that gave 3, this book talks about the success of well-established companies, but it's usually at a superficial level. It made me wonder in several occasions about what comes first: the strategy to blitzscale and eventually the companies success, or peg the success of a company to blitscale. It feels, of course, the latter and in several occasions again it made me wonder if those companies really knew what they were doing and even have a name for it.
I couldn't fully read the book, so obviously take this review with a grain of salt.
After reading the Halo Effect by Phil Rosenzweig, this sort of books are easily deconstructed.
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat stories and great insights
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 29, 2018
Full of insights from companies all over the globe (not just Silicon Valley, but also China, Europe etc.) about both scaling fast but also about the stages a company passes through as it will grow (love the 5 stages of companies). Explains that blitzscaling isn't for everyone and for every company (e.g., accepts that won't work for high end restaurants) - but also provides an invaluable roadmap of how to bltizscale, what to look for, what questions to ask, how to build teams, how to focus, where to build alliances, etc. It's also a great history of how many of today's behemoths made smart decisions early on (e.g. Amazon) and a great read. Worth listening to Reid's excellent podcasts (Masters of Scale) too
5.0 out of 5 starsSome Great Inspiring Business Stories
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 30, 2019
This is a great book to be read both cover to cover and used as a reference book. The author understands how speed is the currency of today and the future. I really enjoyed the various cases discussed and the fact they were from around the world. Overall a great book for anyone in business and looking to 10X their venture.
I've purchased this book as a fan of Reid's podcast "Masters of Scale", but never read his two previous books (Startup in You, The Alliance). So I had no idea what to expect, if it would be a summary of his podcast episodes or a unique reading experience. The latter one was what I got and it was a great experience. Reid Hoffman, who co-founded Paypal and LinkedIn, shares the blueprint for a way how you theoretically can start a company and make it a unicorn simply by turning on the turbo through investing and smart scaling.
But this is not only about blitzscaling - and Reid underlines that blitzscaling doesn't work all the time - but also about management and strategies. And in times when we are talking about diversity and respect at your work place Reid has the right message: care about ethics, don't live/work within a bubble and hire people who are like you.
Reid Hoffman is one of the best known, most respected faces of Silicon Valley. And he is not only spreading a way to boost your startup, but also shares idea of a better corporate culture you shouldn't miss.
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat book for anyone who wants to scale a Startup business
Reviewed in Brazil on August 8, 2019
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According to the authors Reid Hoffman and Chris Yeh, "When a start-up matures to the point where it has a killer product, a clear and sizable market, and a robust distribution channel, it has the opportunity to become a "scale-up", which is a world changing company that thouches millions or even billions of lives.
They say, Blitzscaling is a strategy and set of techniques for driving and managing extremely rapid growth tha prioritize speed over efficiency in an environment of uncertainty. Itís an accelerant that allows your company to grow at a furious pace that knocks the competition out of the water.
The three basics of Blitzsccaling: 1. It is both and Offensive Strategy and a Defensive Strategy. 2. It rhrives on Positive Feedback Loops, in that the company tha grows to scale first reaps significant competitive advantages. 3. Despite its incredible advantages and potential payoffs, it also comes with massive risks.
The 5 stages of Blitzscaling: 1. Family: 1-9 employees. 2. Tribe: 10s of employees. 3. Village: 100s of employees. 4. City: 1000s of employees. 5. Nation: 10000s of employees.
The three key techniques of Blitzscaling: 1. Business Model Innovation. 2. Strategy Innovation. 3. Management Innovation.
The author has explained so much of details about challenges, dilemma, strategies, etc. of big companies faced when they were quite nascent in their startup stages. It is a must read for every startup co-founders, techies who work in startups. Any one already work in startups can resonate with the situations described in the book. I would say the book comes as a mentor to startup founders and people working over there.