Blitzscaling: The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies

Blitzscaling: The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies

Foreword by Bill Gates LinkedIn cofounder, legendary investor, and host of the award-winning Masters of Scale podcast reveals the secret to starting and scaling massively valuable companies. What entrepreneur or founder doesn't aspire to build the next Amazon, Facebook, or Airbnb? Yet those who actually manage to do so are exceedingly rare. So what separates the startups th Foreword by Bill Gates LinkedIn cofounder, legendary investor, and host of the award-winning Masters of Scale...

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Title:Blitzscaling: The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies
Author:Reid Hoffman
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Genres:Business
ISBN:1524761419
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:336 pages pages

Blitzscaling: The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies Reviews

  • Benjamin
    Nov 03, 2018
    Sometimes sloppy, often egregiously oversimplified, often enlightening, always entertaining. ...
  • Suhrob
    Jun 08, 2019
    I now can recommend all books by Hoffman. It is rare to find a business book that makes me feel so uncomfortable. Hoffman picks up the somewhat unsettling trends in the startup/VC ecosystem and runs with them. I really don't agree with many things here. I do think there is a lot o...
  • Prasanth K V S S D
    Dec 29, 2018
    The biggest problem with this book for me is that the author treats 'scalabilty' as an independent variable that can be controlled. While in reality it is dependent on the variables that are largely not in a firms control. Most of the examples used in the book relates to the intern...
  • Toby
    Nov 16, 2018
    This book is basically a summary and philosophical positioning on fast-growing companies. Blitzscaling is about investing heavily in growth in an uncertain environment. There are some good high-level guidelines about going through such change, e.g. listing growth factors and limiters, ...
  • Ocean Gebhardt
    Nov 20, 2018
    Maybe I'm just getting old, but I'm not sure how I feel about these books that try to make a point without any sort of comprehensive study, just some personal anecdotes of the author's. Granted, the author giving the personal anecdotes is one of the biggest success stories out there. ...
  • Scott Wozniak
    Nov 08, 2018
    If you are a company that needs to win your market to win--like a social network where the key to survival is having tons of people on your platform or a large volume producer that needs a ton of clients to reach profit--then this is an amazing book for you. He does a great job clarify...
  • Andrus
    Feb 12, 2019
    5 stars for the main idea, 4 stars for the examples and case studies that were on the shallow side, 3 stars for the last two hours of the book (I listened as an audiobook) which basically said that China is big and that companies that blitzscale should keep ethics in mind, without any ...
  • Harish
    Oct 18, 2018
    A book that is full of insights from the world of businesses that have shaped our lives and world in last two decades. A must read for current age entrepreneurs, institution builders and those shaping/ holding reins of society. This is a new science in the making for mega enterprises c...
  • Vlad
    Apr 26, 2019
    Disappointing. The book just felt a little ... too narrow. There's good advice here for companies that have the specific opportunity to be "first to scale" but the intellectual depth of the work feels low. For example, would love to understand how some species in nature manage to "blit...
  • Fabricio
    Feb 17, 2019
    My overall feeling is that I've learned a lot from this book. Although, I can't point specifically what. In the end, most blitzscalling challenges and tools are mostly useful for startup in general. Specially those with a good amount of funding. Hoffman ends up focusing a lot on thr...
  • Samarth Shah
    Apr 27, 2019
    It turned out to be a good read. Reid Hoffman has coined a new terms 'Blitzscaling' for companies which have received tremendous success in recent years. Even though you won't find the 'how-to' answers if you are running your start-up or enterprise, it will help you understand how star...
  • Zahedul
    Nov 19, 2018
    Clearly my best read of 2018. Will recommend this to any entrepreneur. ...
  • Evelyn Ding
    Feb 23, 2019
    This is a valuable book to read for someone interested in joining or understanding a high-growth startup. Hoffman provides concrete examples for the majority of his lessons in the book that are accessible to people who are not as familiar with the tech industry. He provides a compellin...
  • Pascal Wagner
    Dec 12, 2018
    Blitzscaling is to achieve a critical mass that confers a lasting competitive advantage. If taking on additional cost and uncertainty doesn't actually confer an advantage, it's better to follow the traditional rules of business (at least for the time being) so that when blitzscalin...
  • Sebastian Gebski
    Oct 26, 2018
    I've started reading this one thanks to some recommendations, but I was more than skeptical - my initial impression was that author tries to "sell" me some wonderful scaling framework, silver-bullet of rapid growth, hype-generating bullshit peptalk conveniently split into few non-speci...
  • Yxas
    Apr 25, 2019
    Read this for work. Difficult to reconcile the recommendations I received with my personal experience with it: some of the smartest, most talented people I've ever met advised me to read this, as they rate it highly. In parts it was insightful, but in other parts it was intolerably...
  • Boni Aditya
    Mar 25, 2019
    This is definitely one the best business books I have read in the recent past. This isn't merely another business book. This is a manual to anyone who wishes to enter the exponentially growing business world. This is a counter intuitive guide, which seems like a race to the bottom, ...
  • Lakhdar Meftah
    Feb 25, 2019
    This book is a must read, if you've ever dreamt of scaling a business. The author writing were good, the examples were also good. I like to think of this kind of books, as a testimonial books, as the author brings only his experience and his point of view of how startups should work....
  • Sipho
    Dec 18, 2018
    The third book by tech entrepreneur and venture capitalist, Reid Hoffmann, is a primer on how massively valuable businesses are built. The technique that many big companies in the internet age have used to grow in value is termed "blitzscaling" - a completely made up term, that may bec...
  • Rick Wong
    Jun 23, 2019
    Very relevant book in today's times. notes: 2.2 percent of profits from innovation goes to the producer, the majority goes to the consumers innovation is not optional, it is a means of survival and staying relevant in a world of constant change Technology innovation without...
  • Agustín Fischer
    Nov 07, 2018
    "Economists refer to these effects as 'demand-side economies of scale' or, more generally, 'positive externalities.' The magic of network effects is that they generate a positive feedback loop that results in superlinear growth and value creation. This superlinear effect makes it very ...
  • Seng Wee Wong
    Mar 19, 2019
    I like how the author sells the skill - 'blitzscaling' as being tangential to becoming successful in life and not just in the commercial domain. The book suggests that blitzscaling is a both an offensive and defensive strategy to quickly build a massively valuable company. In the book,...
  • Shanice
    Feb 09, 2019
    Main points - Growth over efficiency - Maximise 4 growth factors (network effects, market size, distribution, high gross margins) - Minimise 2 growth limiters (product market fit, operational scalability) - 7 patterns of success (modular system, platform, freemium, market place,...
  • Rohit Nallapeta
    May 13, 2019
    This is a good book with some solid advice for entrepreneurs everywhere. The disclaimer being it's not for all companies, all sizes and it's not generic advice. The advice applies selectively to some companies, it's contradictory in some cases, rightfully so as each company should inve...
  • Achyuth Kumar
    Apr 06, 2019
    Hands down the best, most insightful literature if you want to learn how the scale anything. Basically, to learn the approach and mindset needed to scale anything. Plus, it doesn't hurt to have authors with real world experience doing and having done the things they preach! ...
  • Alan Newton
    Nov 25, 2018
    The definitive handbook for a technology start up that has global ambitions. Packed for of useful insight and a framework for navigating the treacherous waters of a competitive market with a need for speed. Hoffman uses his own personal experiences at Pay Pal and LinkedIn, as well as e...
  • Walter Zielkowski
    Feb 14, 2019
    Entertaining book, relevant for today's business environment. Good insights for the modern entrepreneur. ...
  • Leo Fischer
    Feb 09, 2019
    A lot of the ideas were similar to related books, but there were two things I found particularly useful: 1) Priorities of a company while scaling. It's so simple, but very instructive 2) Ideas about what should be doing at different company stages e.g. 10-100, 100-1000 and 1,000-10,0...
  • Andrew
    Apr 22, 2019
    Best book of 2019! As with all of Reid's books, he does a fantastic job of taking complex ideas and presenting in easily understandable terms. Blitzscaling does a great job of using stories to demonstrate key ideas, strategies, and common pitfalls of companies that have successfully...
  • Thomas Port
    Mar 23, 2019
    Being an admirer of what Reid Hoffman has achieved throughout his career and the ringing endorsement by Bill Gates, I felt compelled to read this book, and while I wasn't immersed in the book cover to cover, I am certainly glad I invested the time in finishing it. Bliztscailing (As...