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Lost and Founder

A Painfully Honest Field Guide to the Startup World
Auteur(s): Rand Fishkin
Narrateur(s): Rand Fishkin
Durée: 9 h et 1 min
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Rand Fishkin, the founder and former CEO of Moz, reveals how traditional Silicon Valley "wisdom" leads far too many startups astray, with the transparency and humor that his hundreds of thousands of blog readers have come to love. 

Everyone knows how a startup story is supposed to go: A young, brilliant entrepreneur has a cool idea, drops out of college, defies the doubters, overcomes all odds, makes billions, and becomes the envy of the technology world.  

This is not that story.  

It's not that things went badly for Rand Fishkin; they just weren't quite so Zuckerberg-esque. His company, Moz, maker of marketing software, is now a $45 million/year business, and he's one of the world's leading experts on SEO. But his business and reputation took 15 years to grow, and his startup began not in a Harvard dorm room but as a mother-and-son family business that fell deeply into debt.  

Now Fishkin pulls back the curtain on tech startup mythology, exposing the ups and downs of startup life that most CEOs would rather keep secret. For instance: A minimally viable product can be destructive if you launch at the wrong moment. Growth hacking may be the buzzword du jour, but initiatives can fizzle quickly. Revenue and growth won't protect you from layoffs. And venture capital always comes with strings attached.  

Fishkin's hard-won lessons are applicable to any kind of business environment. Up or down the chain of command, at both early stage startups and mature companies, whether your trajectory is riding high or down in the dumps: this audiobook can help solve your problems, and make you feel less alone for having them.

©2018 Rand Fishkin (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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Good tips but lacks passion & energy...monotone!

He's got a monotone throughout the book, not very convincing, but some great insider tips and very useful advice.

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Must read if you are starting a business

The author shares the raw and untold story of most startups. from transitioning between services to products, the author lists many challenges and opportunities.

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A refreshingly honest view of startup life

It's as though Rand is sitting next to you while he shares his story. He offers valuable advice important whether you're a first time founder or embarking on another go.

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Exactly what I needed and when I needed it.

Every founder should listen to this as a pre-requisite to starting their company. Rand confirmed that I am not crazy for the way u am feeling about my tech startup.

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Great story - no bs

Highly recommend. Most startup books don't really show how hard it is to be a Founder. I have never been the guy who spends hours listening to audio books - I finished this one in 48 hrs. #Audible1

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Unfiltered startup journey

Really enjoyed listening to this book over the summer. It gives some perspective on the sacrifices made by founders of highly visible startups. This account gives some perspective and good insights on when founder interests align or not with VCs. #Audible1

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Transparent, Honest, and Insightful

Rand tells his story, and the story of Moz (formerly SEOmoz) with amazing transparency and honesty. It is a bit wandering, but stick with it and you won't be sorry. You can learn a lot from this man's journey in life and in the startup world, including the (detailed) pros and cons and ins and outs of taking on outside investment. Highly recommended.
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  • Brancusi reading
  • 2018-07-15

Must read

Really great to hear someone truly open up. Thank you Rand, it’s extremely eye opening and really changes my thinking.

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  • G. Brown
  • 2018-06-19

Rand Delivers an Honest and Graceful Story of The Startup Journey

I really enjoyed this book and how timely it was for me and my own journey. Lots of good notes that I’ll take with me!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-06-18

A must-read for any aspiring founder

This book is, indeed, as the name suggests - brutally honest, and digs into some really important pain points for entrepreneurs and those surrounding them, while providing super insightful lessons (or "cheat codes", as the author calls them)

Highly recommended!

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  • Jared Gardner
  • 2018-06-13

Actionable, realistic and honest startup advice

I loved this book, Rand has always been a great story teller. Hearing the story of Moz's founding through the eyes of the CEO and hearing the business side of the most popular SEO software company out there.

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  • Nick Pullano
  • 2018-05-17

Great book, spectacular narrator

I've been a Moz customer and Rand fan for a while and have been anxious for this book to come out for a while and it didn't disappoint. If Spark Toro doesn't work out, Rand could be a pro reader. He's a spectacular reader which makes the book much more enjoyable (especially at 1.6x speed). If you liked The Hard Things About Hard Things, you'll like this.

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  • Thaylan
  • 2018-09-09

excellent!

finished in a week. excellent insights, no nonsense, straight and authentic. very good reflections.the best one about being a founder that ive evee read.

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  • Einar Þór Gústafsson
  • 2018-08-27

Insightful and inspiring

Lost and founder by @randfish is brutally honest, insightful and inspiring. One of the best and fun books on product, leadership and founding I’ve read in a while.

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  • Brandon
  • 2018-08-21

Very Eye Opening

I will definitely be gifting this to all my likeminded friends. What great insight and honesty.

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  • Daniel Ulises Garcia Verdin
  • 2018-07-30

The best book for a founder

I’ve been reading books for the startup world and this is the best one so far

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  • Ben
  • 2019-06-01

Heartfelt, honest and real. Thanks Rand!

When I started reading this book I didn't expect the journey I was about to embark on would be so meaningful on a multitude of levels. Frankly, all other books I've read and enjoyed on similar subjects never attempted to take me there. I've been running my own startup for the past 6 years and I've read many many books on startups, entrepreneurship, leadership and biographies of the top people in industry including our founding fathers all with the desire to learn and grow and become a better founder, employer, manager, person. All were great in there own way. I learned so much from their amazing stories. But Rand's book, “Lost and Founder” touched me in a way that's almost impossible to explain. His honest and open account of what it's truly like to be a founder with all that that entails is raw and real and should be required reading for anybody thinking of starting a business or perhaps even thinking of being a better more authentic person.