Blitzscaling: The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Massively Valuable Companies Paperback – 18 October 2018
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“The case studies you’re about to explore and the tools you’re about to gain have never been more relevant. This is an ideal moment to be reading this book.”
– Bill Gates
“The book the start-up world has been waiting for. I can’t think of any other that so perfectly captures the specific challenges – and opportunities – that a company faces at every stage of growth. This book shares some of the key secrets for building mission-oriented, global businesses at speed.”
– Brian Chesky, cofounder and CEO, AirBnb
“Blitzscaling shows how companies can build value for customers and shareholders in the digital age. A compelling inside view of how the new economy is being built and is transforming global business.”
– Sheryl Sandberg, New York Times bestselling author of Lean In and Option B
“The secret of Silicon Valley is that it keeps updating the playbook. Each new success – from Google to Facebook to Airbnb and Uber – develops new techniques for world-transforming products. Blitzscaling paints the picture, with key case studies, of what it really takes to build a market-leading company. If you want to learn how to manage growth amid the controlled chaos that has become the new normal for startups and legacy businesses alike, read this book.”
– Eric Schmidt, executive chairman and former CEO, Alphabet
“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. With a rare combination of fresh insights, vivid cases, and actionable advice, it’s a must-read for entrepreneurs and executives.”
– Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Originals, Give and Take, and Option B with Sheryl Sandberg
About the Author
Reid Hoffman is a partner at the leading VC firm Greylock Partners and an early investor in Facebook, Flickr, and Zynga. He co-founded LinkedIn in 2003; it now has more than 200 million members globally, and was acquired by Microsoft for $26 billion, the biggest acquisition in the tech giant's history. He serves on the boards of Airbnb, Convoy, Edmodo, and Microsoft and leads the Greylock Discovery Fund, which invests in seed-stage entrepreneurs and companies. He was previously a founding member and executive vice president at PayPal. A strong believer in the ability of entrepreneurship and technology to improve the world, he sits on the boards of Biohub, Kiva, Endeavor, and DoSomething.org. He earned his master's degree in philosophy from Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar, and his bachelor's degree from Stanford University.
Chris Yeh is an entrepreneur, writer, and mentor. He earned two Bachelor's degrees with distinction from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar. He is the VP of Marketing at PBworks and general partner at Wasabi Ventures.
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Reading this book reminded me of my own personal experience consulting for the search engine company AltaVista in the late 1990s. Many considered AltaVista to be the best search engine before Google really hit the scene. The venture capital company CMGi bought AltaVista and embarked on a major blitzscaling effort. CMGi wanted to compete with Yahoo to create a web directory portal for just about everything and spread resources wide and thin, and then allowed the AltaVista core search technology to get rusty. This created an opening for Google to dominate AltaVista with perfectionist attention to detail in search technology. In this particular case, AltaVista was the one attempting the (failed) blitzscaling while Google followed more traditional product perfection strategies.
The book also made me think about the articles I've been reading in the Wall Street Journal regarding Tesla and Elon Musk's current challenges blitzscaling across so many different business areas -- especially with Model 3 production and their solar roof tile delays. Now I understand better why Elon Musk doesn't seem to care that much about perfecting product roll-out execution ahead of time, instead always thinking about the next futuristic revolution and then figure out the implementation as-it-goes. Coincidentally Elon Musk was also one of the founders of PayPal along with the author of this book. The book doesn't talk much about Tesla, but I can see the common philosophy. I can see why blitzscaling contributed to Tesla's success (so far).
I take away a better understanding of why some companies engage in blitzscaling hyper growth as their #1 priority, and why this is such a powerful technique to overwhelm the competition. This book reveals some really interesting techniques to grow the customer base, organizational strategies depending on the size of the company, and management styles. There is good depth in this book with specific examples that the author curates for a course at Stanford University.
Since there are a relatively small number of company founders/executives who have the funds to engage in a massive blitzscaling operation, I think most copies of this book will end up in these hands: 1. stock traders (including the everyday investor) who are looking to identify companies that are executing hyper growth strategies for better investment returns, and 2. people who enjoy reading interesting Silicon Valley business cases for insight on how this mysterious world of venture capital encourages companies to risk it all-or-nothing and take off like a rocket ship.
Overall I highly recommend this book to learn the benefits of blitzscaling. It's very interesting to read, it's sometimes hard to put the book down because there's something useful on every page. Just don't expect much depth about companies that attempted blitzscaling and failed while trying, this book is more about success business cases.
Note to future Silicon Valley billionaires looking for book jacket blurbs and endorsements: don't use Sheryl Sandberg. She is a disingenuous liar if you haven't gotten the news yet and won't help you sell more books.