Disciplined Entrepreneurship: 24 Steps to a Successful Startup
24 Steps to Success Disciplined Entrepreneurship will change the way you think about starting a company. Many believe that entrepreneurship cannot be taught, but great entrepreneurs aren't born with something special - they simply make great products. This book will show you how to create a successful startup through developing an innovative product. It breaks down the necessary processes into an integrated, comprehensive, and proven 24-step framework that any industrious person can learn and apply. You will learn: Why the F word - focus - is crucial to a startup's success Common obstacles that entrepreneurs face - and how to overcome them How to use innovation to stand out in the crowd - it's not just about technology Whether you're a first-time or repeat entrepreneur, Disciplined Entrepreneurship gives you the tools you need to improve your odds of making a product people want. Author Bill Aulet is the managing director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship as well as a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. For more please visit http: //disciplinedentrepreneurship.com/
From the Back Cover PRAISE FOR DISCIPLINED ENTREPRENEURSHIP Entrepreneurship is not only a mindset but a skill set. The 24 Steps presents a practical step-by-step process to channel the creative spirit to maximize the chances of success and ultimate impact. --MITCH KAPOR, founder, Lotus Development Corporation Entrepreneurship is a learned skill which can be honed through crisp execution. This book can help every entrepreneur dramatically increase the likelihood of success by providing step-by-step guidance on how to approach starting a new business. I recommend it to all ambitious entrepreneurs. --DOUG LEONE, Managing Partner, Sequoia Capital While the spirit of entrepreneurship is often about serendipity, the execution is not. This book takes you through a systematic approach to significantly increase your odds of succeeding in making a world-changing and sustainable company. --JOI ITO, Director, MIT Media Lab While I am not a big fan of business plans, I am a big fan of the business planning process. This book provides an invaluable comprehensive framework for innovation-driven entrepreneurs to execute the business planning process. --BRAD FELD, Managing Director of the Foundry Group, co-founder of TechStars, and creator of the Startup Revolution book series
From the front Cover 24 Steps to Success! Interest in entrepreneurship is exploding globally yet many people believe that entrepreneurship cannot be taught--that those who become successful were born with something others lack. But the greatest entrepreneurs--Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and all the others--really had just one thing in common: They made great products. Disciplined Entrepreneurship offers a comprehensive, integrated, and proven step-by-step approach to creating innovative, highly successful products. It focuses on the iterative process that marches you toward that optimal, elegant solution--the foundation for your whole business. Whether you're creating a physical good, a service, or the delivery of information, Disciplined Entrepreneurship breaks down the necessary processes into 24 steps that any industrious person can learn. Yes, entrepreneurship can be chaotic, but situations that are innately unpredictable require a systematic framework that allows you to reduce your risk by identifying and addressing areas that you can control. The process outlined in this book can help ensure your success--or it can help you fail faster, if failure was already inevitable, and move you on to a better idea. This step-by-step guide to creating a new venture shows you how to: Create valuable specificity by focusing on one market opportunity that you can dominate Quantify the unique value you bring to your target customer--and how to translate that value into profit Design and build your product in the most efficient way possible Overcome common obstacles in getting your product adopted by customers Identify and test key assumptions And much more! As the world becomes more complex and the problems become more urgent, the need for entrepreneurs will only grow. This framework will allow intrepid entrepreneurs to quickly and efficiently iterate their way toward the best solutions. Whether you're a first-time or repeat entrepreneur, Disciplined Entrepreneurship offers the tools you need to improve your odds of making a product people want--and need--to buy.