The Founder's Dilemmas

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5 out of 5 stars
By Rick on 04-29-14

An important FACT based book on entrepeneurship

Would you listen to The Founder’s Dilemmas again? Why?

Yes, I will refer to the book often as it is full of interesting facts and figures

What did you like best about this story?

I appreciated the research based findings.

What does Mark Mosely bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Honestly, this might be a better book to read in print and refer back too, but it was an entertaining, easy listen in the car too

Any additional comments?

So many entrepreneurship books are just stories and anecdotes, this one is actually based on the findings of research. It's really fascinating!

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Stanley Tan on 10-02-14

Too much talk on the data

What was most disappointing about Noam Wasserman’s story?

Before buying I was excited that Noam has gather data from 1000s of businesses but after completing the book, the book was more towards sharing and talking about the data instead of using those data to create insights and actionable knowledge for the listeners.
Oh... and if you're a listener on the go, its better if you get the a book instead of an audiobook for Founder's Dilemma because this book will point you to a graph instead of explaining to you the graph. (e.g: Here is what 27% of the companies did that the others didn't do. Refer to graph 10.1)

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mark Mosely?

Mark could have added more emphasis into his tones at different points of the book. There wasn't any feeling in his reading. It's like the tone is same when the founder's company went bankrupt and when the founder's company went IPO.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointed because there was too much sharing of the data instead of giving the listeners actionable knowledge to the data.

Any additional comments?

If you want a great book which applies the author's insights from his data research + a narrator's tone which emphasis key points on the books, get Great by Choice by Jim Collins.

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7 of 8 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By MartyMom on 02-12-17

Good book, but not in audio format

Would you try another book from Noam Wasserman and/or Mark Mosely?

Yes, I actually bought the paperback version.

What didn’t you like about Mark Mosely’s performance?

There wasn't anything wrong with the performance, but this book has diagrams and information that is better digested on paper.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By L on 02-27-14

Stating the obvious, backed up by statistics

Probably worthwhile to refresh your mind on things to think about, but it's basically a restatement of common sense, backed up by great statistics. Here's the entire book in a nutshell: 1) founders' motivations fall on a spectrum between control (being king) and cash (making money). Decide where you are on the spectrum and act and make busienss decisions consistently with that. Inconsistency in implementation of that can damage you. 2) mixing business and personal relationships is fraught with danger. Work with people who you've worked with, not your family or friends.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Jonathan on 12-09-12

Story is not bad but bad performance

What did you like best about The Founder’s Dilemmas? What did you like least?

It was very informative however, for an audio book to rely on charts and graphs is kind of tough. The material is very good and has some insights that are useful, overall the content is not too bad, it is very all over the place but not a bad book.

Would you be willing to try another one of Mark Mosely’s performances?

I thought it was awful, it was like listening to hours of an overly dramatic movie trailer actor. I was barley able to make it through with the way the narrator, I would never buy another book by this narrator it was just too cheesy it was overly dramatic for the context and painful to listen to.

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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Chris on 11-12-12

Very chaotic style of writing and presenting

The subject of this book is very fascinating and I really want to know, but the way this book is written is pretty chaotic. You can sense that it is written by a researcher-type writer who wants to beat you to death with facts. He uses a lot of other people as examples, but in a way that he constantly switches between characters so you quickly get lost.

The narrator, though he uses a lot of intonation in his voice, sounds a little like a news anchor which, in combination with the detailed level of information and chaotic writing style, makes you tune out time and again. It requires a lot of effort to stay focused on listening and understanding the point. That makes it unsuitable to listen to in the car in my opinion, which is the whole reason for me to listen to audio book versions instead of reading.

But if you listen to it behind your desk and take notes, it might work.

I do recommend reading or listening to this book, because of the topic it adresses, but you must be really focused all the time to understand it.

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