The Messy Middle: Finding Your Way Through the Hardest and Most Crucial Part of Any Bold Venture

The Messy Middle: Finding Your Way Through the Hardest and Most Crucial Part of Any Bold Venture

Entrepreneur, Chief Product Officer at Adobe, and product advisor to many of today's top start-ups Scott Belsky believes we focus too much on the start and the finish of any project, ignoring the most important part--the messy middle--where success is truly determined. Creating something from nothing is a volatile journey. The first mile births a new idea into existence, Entrepreneur, Chief Product Officer at Adobe, and product advisor to many of today's top start-ups Scott Belsky beli...

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Title:The Messy Middle: Finding Your Way Through the Hardest and Most Crucial Part of Any Bold Venture
Author:Scott Belsky
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Genres:Business
ISBN:B079WN554H
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:416 pages pages

The Messy Middle: Finding Your Way Through the Hardest and Most Crucial Part of Any Bold Venture Reviews

  • Gabriel Alan
    Oct 29, 2018
    Aimed at anyone involved in a multi-year entrepreneurial business, Scott Belsky offers a critical and deeply reflection about the trappings and misguided strategies of, as the lingo has it, "failing forward." This book is a wonderfully practical, thoughtful and (dare I say) "spiritual"...
  • Aagave
    Nov 27, 2018
    Unusually good at being empathetic to both the reader and to the entrepreneurs it profiles. It is a bit long, though a quick read, and is guilty of repeating business advice platitudes often found elsewhere. So it fails to cohere in ways that otherwise could make it a business classic....
  • Devika
    Nov 19, 2018
    After having read quite a few books on management and entrepreneurship, I'm slightly skeptical about picking up another such book on the off chance that it might be repurposing the same old advice. To be fair, a lot of things that Belsky mentions are common sense, however his examples ...
  • Scott Wozniak
    Oct 19, 2018
    I generally agree with everything in this book (minor quibbles on methods). But I was disappointed to find that it's pretty much a restatement of common leadership and entrepreneurial advice. Endure through the tough times. Hire and onboard your people carefully. Build a diverse te...
  • Shreef A
    Nov 22, 2018
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  • Tim
    Oct 18, 2018
    The majority of our time spent in any venture is spent within that "messy middle." Scott packs a book with practical advice on things like hiring, leadership, and a sense perseverance. It's a book you'll go back to constantly while writing your own adventure. ...
  • Tomas Ramanauskas
    Dec 16, 2018
    This book is full of ?me?, but instead of drooling on about ?the amazing me?, ever present in ?I?ve made it, suckers? type of books, it is mostly about ?confused me?, Belsky?s learnings in building Behance and painfully learning from himself and others. Check it...
  • Brad Feld
    Jul 29, 2018
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  • Daniel Henderson
    Nov 06, 2018
    Amazing, I will reread in the near future. ...
  • Ken Hamner
    Oct 09, 2018
    Excellent book! Highly recommended. ...
  • Eamonn
    Dec 12, 2018
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  • Glenn
    Dec 03, 2018
    I?d read his Make Ideas Happen, and I think this one is sharper, with lots of helpful nuggets, highly recommend. It?s the story of the often challenging time between launching a startup and an exit, where the path and process isn?t always clear. A story not often told (well), and...
  • Joli Hamilton
    Nov 17, 2018
    Interesting premise, but I wish it were about 1/3 shorter. ...
  • Dave Summers
    Jan 15, 2019
    Belsky doesn?t scrimp on the caustic realities of the no-man?s land between the eventful beginnings and noteworthy endings of important work-efforts. Sobering, but in the end inspirational. Highly recommend. ...
  • Justin Weiss
    Dec 14, 2018
    Started very strong, but quickly felt like reading a bunch of uncontroversial Medium articles or TED talks. Wasn?t for me ? I?ve heard most of it before. I was hoping for more focus, and probably a much shorter book. ...
  • David Wygant
    Dec 24, 2018
    Focus on improving what works not fixing what is broken. Ego and unsecurities impair decision making. Founders who are open to feedback and even proactive succeed. As your product matures, maintain the openness brashness and curiosity that was required earlier. Don?t think ever finis...
  • James McAulay
    Nov 16, 2018
    I found the format quite frustrating, if I'm honest. Lots of good ideas, but most chapters are about 1.5 pages in length, and there are many chapters that simply don't link logically to the ideas immediately before or after them. There are a smattering of good ideas in this book, and i...
  • Alex Lyashok
    Oct 14, 2018
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  • Pete Sena
    Nov 13, 2018
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  • Kingsten
    Nov 15, 2018
    Great read A lot of advices and personal experiences on how to build a startup and the unspoken hardships of building one. ...
  • Isaac
    Nov 08, 2018
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  • Chandra Halim
    Nov 25, 2018
    I just read this book for like 5 minutes, and I just know that the author himself was rarely reading books. It?s so ugly, unrelatable, wordy, and full of insignificant phrase without the essence. I think he?s just trying to practice what he thought he perceived when he read one boo...
  • Alexi
    Jan 15, 2019
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  • Thomas Hefke
    Nov 11, 2018
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  • John Milne
    Oct 16, 2018
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  • vasy
    Oct 28, 2018
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  • Slav Ivanov
    Nov 10, 2018
    I very much related to the main idea of the book - how crushingly hard the creation of any enterprise can be. So the first part was great, and I kept nodding along. The second part - the advise on how to overcome this journey was a patchwork of different techniques with nothing particu...
  • Rasa
    Jan 20, 2019
    Full of sincere and actionable business wisdom. Thought it?s going to be full of just-do-it, never-give-up ?tips?, but instead was an honest flow of how to deal with uncertainties, doubts, flaws, ignorance, highs and lows, losses and wins, people and self. It was just on time fo...
  • Natalía Papadopoúlou
    Nov 12, 2018
    I pre-ordered this book and I was waiting to answer a question I have had for a while: should I discontinue my company or not? This book is almost 400 pages and it has so many stories that whatever review I leave, it wouldn?t make justice. As a researcher I found it inspiring, packed...
  • Filip Hric
    Nov 27, 2018
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