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The review below was first published in the getAbstract Journal on Nov 4, 2020.
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No Time to Spare

Toss what you know about strategy and start running.

Abandon traditional strategies

The author’s professional accomplishments testify to their expertise: Reid Hoffman served as COO of PayPal, co-founded LinkedIn and is the host of the popular Masters of Scale podcast; Chris Yeh, co-founder and general partner of Wasabi Ventures, has worked with more than 100 high-tech start-ups since 1995. To join giants like Facebook or Apple, they write, you need to embrace risk. Their promise: “Blitzscaling” – done right – can catapult your $10 million company to a $10 billion company. The authors provide a step-by-step approach to this new model, which requires abandoning traditional business strategies and rules in favor of innovative operational and management practices.

The authors’ peers admire this book. Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky said, “I can’t think of any other work that so perfectly captures the specific challenges – and opportunities – that a company faces at every stage of growth.” Adam Grant, the bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take, raves, “This is the best book I’ve ever read on how to grow a company rapidly — and when that’s even worth trying in the first place.”

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