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A Dozen Lessons for Entrepreneurs

By: Tren Griffin,Scott Belsky
Narrated by: Steven Jay Cohen
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From profiles and interviews with the world's leading venture capitalists and high-profile coaches of business founders, A Dozen Lessons distills a set of bedrock methods for approaching business questions and creating value. The veteran business writer Tren Griffin takes the listener through the investment philosophies of VC luminaries such as Bill Gurley of Benchmark Capital, Marc Andreesen and Ben Horowitz of Andreesen Horowitz, and Jenny Lee of GGV Capital to draw out a set of guiding principles that successful businesses follow.

With insight and verve, Griffin argues that venture capital is, at a fundamental level, a service business that depends hugely on "human factors". Griffin suggests that, among a number of common features, these investors succeeded because of their sense of hustle, keen judgment, hard work, and good luck. But most of all, they share a deep love of building businesses that goes beyond financial considerations.

Griffin reminds us that success is a multidimensional phenomenon requiring talented people, customer traction, productive partnerships, and brand value. These features amplify one another, with incremental success attracting more attention, talent, and investment.

©2017 Columbia University Press (P)2018 Tantor

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Great content, decent audiobook production

I'm a huge fan of Tren Griffin and his writing. As I'm sure readers of his blog are aware, his ability to synthesize key takeaways from others (information which is often gathered from disparate sources) is unparalleled.

This audiobook was a great compilation of a number of those summaries. I'm guessing a criticism from others would be that a lot of the information is already available on his blog - to be honest I'm not sure and haven't checked. I wanted to get the audiobook for the convenience of it all being in one place and on audio.

The only downside was that the content did not always translate well into audio. At times the narration was confusing because it seemed to jump from the author's voice to the subject's voice without an obvious indication of the change. I'm sure the text version made this clear, but the audio was harder to follow at times,

That said, if you're a fan of Tren Griffin's work, I think you will enjoy this audiobook. Thanks Tren for all your helpful content over the years!

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