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How I Built This

The Unexpected Paths to Success from the World's Most Inspiring Entrepreneurs
Written by: Guy Raz
Narrated by: Guy Raz
Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
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Based on the highly acclaimed NPR podcast How I Built This with Guy Raz, this book offers priceless insights and inspiration from the world's top entrepreneurs on how to start, launch, and build a successful venture.  

Great ideas often come from a simple spark: A soccer player on the New Zealand national team notices all the unused wool his country produces and figures out a way to turn them into shoes (Allbirds). A former Buddhist monk decides the very best way to spread his mindfulness teachings is by launching an app (Headspace). A sandwich cart vendor finds a way to reuse leftover pita bread and turns it into a multimillion-dollar business (Stacy’s Pita Chips).   

Award-winning journalist and NPR host Guy Raz has interviewed more than 200 highly successful entrepreneurs to uncover amazing true stories like these. In How I Built This, he shares tips for every entrepreneur's journey: from the early days of formulating your idea, to raising money and recruiting employees, to fending off competitors, to finally paying yourself a real salary. This is a must-listen for anyone who has ever dreamed of starting their own business or wondered how trailblazing entrepreneurs made their own dreams a reality.

©2020 Guy Raz (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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  • Austin
  • 2020-09-20

Inspiring and thoughtful

Like his podcast by the same name, but condensed and more thematic. Guy pulls out lessons and themes he’s learned from the founders he’s interviewed and peppers in how one life journey as well. Certainly one of my favorite books I’ve listened to.

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  • MichiganStateJay
  • 2020-09-25

Great roll up of the podcast lessons

Really organized and sorted the key lessons from the podcast. Very helpful am entrepreneur in year 2 of my business

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  • Steph L
  • 2020-09-24

Great book for aspiring entrepreneurs

I loved every minute of this. I’ve heard some of these business’s stories before, but Guy Raz managed to uncover aspects that feel more real and put their founding into a much more relatable perspective. He seems to ask the right questions and really gain the trust of the founders he interviews. I’m left feeling like a really can start the business I want to start!

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  • Sarah Baumgarten
  • 2020-09-22

Favorite podcast turned into favorite book!

Highly recommend both podcast and book! Incredibly inspiring and encouraging for entrepreneurs and non-entrepreneurs alike