If Owen Chase can't find a way to turn his company around in the next nine days, he'll be forced to shut it down and lay off all of his employees. He has incurred substantial debt and his marriage is on shaky ground. Through pure happenstance, Owen finds himself pondering this problem while advancing steadily as a contestant at the World Series of Poker. His Las Vegas path quickly introduces him to Samantha, a beautiful and mysterious mentor with a revolutionary approach to entrepreneurship. Sam is a fountain of knowledge that may save his company, but her sexual advances might prove too much for Owen's struggling marriage.
All in Startup is more than just a novel about eschewing temptation and fighting to save a company. It is a lifeline for entrepreneurs who are thinking about launching a new idea or for those who have already started but can't seem to generate the traction they were expecting. Entrepreneurs who achieve success in the new economy do so using a new "scientific method" of innovation. All in Startup demonstrates why four counterintuitive principles separate successful entrepreneurs from the wanna-preneurs who bounce from idea to idea, unable to generate real revenue. You will likely get only one opportunity in your life to go "all in" in on an idea: to quit your job, talk your spouse into letting you drain the savings account, and follow your dream. All in Startup will prepare you for that "all in" moment and make sure that you push your chips into the middle only when the odds are in your favor. This book holds the keys to significantly de-risking your idea so that your success appears almost lucky. Join Owen and Sam for this one-of-a-kind journey that will set you on the right path for when it's your turn to put everything on the line.
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The fictional story may muddle the message.
Yes. Firstly, the fictional story around the World Series of Poker is fun and exciting. Secondly, it does have valuable information about taking a potential idea and testing assumptions. Lastly, the narrator has a nice voice that is easy to listen to and comprehend.
Calling customers irrational. This is my biggest problem with the book. If customers were irrational, they wouldn't try to problem solve their "migraines." I understand the concept the author is trying to convey, but that is an incorrect statement that could lead to bias in your assumptions. The issue is really that individual actors all have different problems they are trying to solve when they search for solutions, so taking everything as an aggregate will give an irrational perception because there are a variety of issues, all individually centered.
When the concept of ReBicycle 2.0 was validated and tested.
If you don't understand Poker, you may not like the book.
I'm on the fence about how the author presented this information. Anyone that can take the reasons why most start-ups fail and put them into a fun and enjoyable story is an extremely talented writer. However, I kept thinking throughout the book that my enjoyment of the story may be interfering with the details of the message.
- Cory Brickner "'May you never go to hell but always be on the way.' - Yiddish proverb"
Thrilling and insightful at the same time
Yes - to remember the lessons that Owen learned
When he realized that his original idea sucked but there was hope
- Bill Rogers