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The Messy Middle

Finding Your Way Through the Hardest and Most Crucial Part of Any Bold Venture
Written by: Scott Belsky
Narrated by: Scott Belsky
Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
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Publisher's Summary

The Messy Middle is the indispensable guide to navigating the volatility of new ventures and leading bold creative projects by Scott Belsky, best-selling author, entrepreneur, chief product officer at Adobe, and product advisor to many of today's top start-ups.

Creating something from nothing is an unpredictable journey. The first mile births a new idea into existence, and the final mile is all about letting go. We love talking about starts and finishes, even though the middle stretch is the most important and often the most ignored and misunderstood. 

Broken into three sections with 100-plus insights, this no-nonsense audiobook will help you: 

  • Endure the roller coaster of successes and failures by strengthening your resolve, embracing the long game, and short-circuiting your reward system to get to the finish line. 
  • Optimize what’s working so you can improve the way you hire, better manage your team, and meet your customers’ needs. 
  • Finish strong and avoid the pitfalls many entrepreneurs make so you can overcome resistance, exit gracefully, and continue onto you next creative endeavor with ease. 

With insightful interviews from today’s leading entrepreneurs, artists, writers, and executives, as well as Belsky’s own experience working with companies like Airbnb, Pinterest, Uber, and sweetgreen, The Messy Middle will outfit you to find your way through the hardest parts of any bold project or new venture.

©2018 Scott Belsky (P)2018 Penguin Audio

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A must read

After being burnt out from the same tech stories/advice recycled in books and podcasts, The Messy Middle has been refreshing.

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  • Alfonso Braggatti
  • 2018-12-07

It's for leaders starting with a big team.

It you want to work or at least start on your own, this book won't help you. There is a lot of theory, with some practical advice but more as concepts. Not recommending for a person, tiny teams...

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  • Anthony Leon
  • Orange County, CA USA
  • 2018-10-12

Great insights

Scott gave some great insights! His concept on Free Radical employees hit home. As I go through the start up process including meeting VCs, bringing on new employees, etc. this book was perfect timing!

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  • Salcorp
  • 2019-03-06

A helpful collection of anecdotes

Read this in our team's book club. A pretty nice read that reminds you of many things you most probably know or heard if you have build a product or team or something of thatvsort. Reassuring that yes like many others you'll be most excited when you start or when you'll make it to the last stop, but it's the middle that's messy and not endurable by everyone. So, if you're in the middle of one of those jounries, just keep calm, endure and optimize later!

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  • Dallas
  • 2018-12-07

Read this!

One of the best books I have listened to in the last 5 years. As a young person in the business world the lessons that Scott talk about are directly impactful on my day-to-day life. Highly recommend.

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  • Dan Portnoy
  • Pasadena, CA
  • 2018-11-21

So many notes!

This is a great resource for any creative looking for the strength and creativity to endure.

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  • Nicolai Bak Jensen
  • 2018-10-26

Really excels after the first 1/3!

I was worried that it was just going to be another simple written and for-everyone -book, when I heard the first few chapters, but then after about 7 chapters It completely changed gear. It's possible that I think that because I'm a product designer, and my boss is not the best at priorities, but damn the last 2/3 was amazing. Definitely going to re listen in the near future.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-03-04

Awesome book

Great listen! So many insights on how to survive the lows and the highs of creating a startup.
Actionable advice and not just theory.

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  • Stefanie
  • 2019-02-19

Full of insightful nuggets for entrepreneurs and start up employees!

Highly recommend if you work for a start up and need a little encouragement when things change often and it can feel like you don’t know what’s coming next.

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  • nigebj
  • 2019-02-06

Every chapter has value

This is basically a collection of wisdom that Scott either learned himself, or often gained by working with or consulting smart people.

Every chapter has good advice, and there is an abundance of real world experience to help you avoid mistakes, get the most from given situations and drive successful outcomes for your business and yourself.

Scott has built a business from small to large revenues (but small staff) and gas worked for a large corporation (Adobe) in a position of influence - and advised many startup and growth companies. So he had advice applicable to almost any business or motivated founder, executive, line manager or product manager.

Great book, from someone who has made it - with hard work and who paid attention along the way.

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  • BART
  • 2019-01-31

Really good, impressively comprehensive

I'm not the founder of the tech startup I work at. but I am on the leadership team and I get to see a lot of what happens. Scott's book covers a lot of the types of questions, challenges, dynamics and opportunities that we have regularly. Great stories and perspective.