Entrepreneur and bestselling author of The Lean Startup, Eric Ries reveals how entrepreneurial principles can be used by businesses of all kinds, ranging from established companies to early-stage startups, to grow revenues, drive innovation, and transform themselves into truly modern organizations, poised to take advantage of the enormous opportunities of the twenty-first century.
In The Lean Startup, Eric Ries laid out the practices of successful startups - building a minimal viable product, customer-focused and scientific testing based on a build-measure-learn method of continuous innovation, and deciding whether to persevere or pivot. In The Startup Way, he turns his attention to an entirely new group of organizations: established enterprises like iconic multinationals GE and Toyota, tech titans like Amazon and Facebook, and the next generation of Silicon Valley upstarts like Airbnb and Twilio.
Drawing on his experiences over the past five years working with these organizations, as well as nonprofits, NGOs, and governments, Ries lays out a system of entrepreneurial management that leads organizations of all sizes and from every industry to sustainable growth and long-term impact. Filled with in-the-field stories, insights, and tools, The Startup Way is an essential road map for any organization navigating the uncertain waters of the century ahead.
"Eric Ries just might be the new Peter Drucker. This masterpiece unpacks what it takes to achieve innovation at scale in modern organizations. Ries provides leaders the right mindset and methods for building big organizations where people work much as entrepreneurs do in the best little startups."
-Robert I. Sutton, Professor of Management Science and Engineering and Professor of Organizational Behavior at Stanford, co-author of Scaling Up Excellence, author of The Asshole Survival Guide.
"Startups are experiments -- some are successful, some aren't, but they're the best way to bring new ideas to market. So how can a big company become more startup-like... or revive the focus and spirit that birthed it in the first place? Building on his revolutionary lean startup work, but applied to big companies, Ries' book shows you how."
-Marc Andreessen, co-founder and partner at Andreessen Horowitz
"I have witnessed firsthand how Eric Ries weaves the impact of lean start up methods with speed and scale into a big company. The Startup Way is an indispensable resource for companies, big and small, looking for faster, more sustainable ways to grow."
-Beth Comstock, vice chair of GE
"Any leader looking to be on the cutting edge needs to ponder the lessons in this important book. Eric Ries demonstrates once again that the best ideas are both fresh and common sense once presented. An essential blueprint for modern companies-from large corporations to family businesses or nonprofits-for decades to come."
-Lawrence Summers, University Charles W. Eliot professor and former U.S. Treasury Secretary
"Continuous innovation is the key to long-term impact and success. Eric shows how organizations of all kinds-not just startups-can be built to learn and adapt. In the pivot-or-perish networked world of twenty-first-century business, this is mission critical reading."
-Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn and co-author of the #1 New York Times bestsellers The Alliance and The Startup of You
"Organizations are normally where entrepreneurship goes to die, but Eric Ries has the master plan for breathing new life into them. This is a remarkably useful playbook that every business, government, and nonprofit needs to ignite the spark of innovation and fuel the fire of change."
-Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Originals, Give and Take, and OPTION B with Sheryl Sandberg
"My research has focused on what causes established companies to maintain success, and The Startup Way provides practical guidance on how to do just that."
--Clay Christensen, Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School
"The Startup Way creates a vision and blueprint for a new form of management which combines entrepreneurial and general management skills and practices. The inspirational examples across multiple, diverse organizations show that integrating the highly iterative, experimental mindset and skills of start-ups into established organizations is key to unlocking continuous innovation and sustainable growth... Provides clear and useful guidance for tackling the toughest challenges."
--Kathy Fish, CTO, Procter & Gamble
"To succeed in the Third Wave, an era where technology will disrupt everything from education to healthcare, companies will need new tools and approaches. Eric Ries provides a road map for companies on how to use entrepreneurial principles to achieve transformational growth."
-- Steve Case, former Chairman of AOL Time Warner and author of the New York Times bestseller The Third Wave
"The Startup Way is a wonderful decoder ring for those seeking to create, nurture, and sustain entrepreneurial thinking in companies at any size and scale. Rich with case studies showcasing real world applications and lessons learned, The Startup Way builds on the proven techniques from The Lean Startup with the next generation of best practices for companies of all sizes and industries."
-Brad D. Smith, chair
Eric Ries is an entrepreneur and the author of the New York Times bestseller The Lean Startup, which has sold over one million copies and has been translated into more than thirty languages. He is the creator of the Lean Startup methodology, which has become a global movement in business, practiced by individuals and companies around the world.
He has founded a number of startups including IMVU, where he served as CTO, and he has advised on business and product strategy for startups, venture capital firms, and large companies, including GE, where he partnered to create the FastWorks program. Ries has served as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Harvard Business School, IDEO, and Pivotal, and he is the founder and CEO of the Long-Term Stock Exchange.