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Review: 'Four Steps To The Epiphany' by Steve Blank

Here's the fastest way to fail in business: spend a lot of time and money developing something no one wants. That seems like common sense, until you realize that most businesspeople default to building something first, then trying to discover if someone's interested in buying it. Bad move.

There's another way to create valuable offers - a method that helps you ensure you have a market of customers willing to buy your offer before raising millions of dollars in venture capital. In Four Steps to the Epiphany, Steve Blank describes value-creation as a "Customer Development" process - discovering what your customers actually want, validating that you have something to offer them, making real sales, and then building the company to fulfill proven demand.

This isn't the prettiest or most attractively-formatted book on the market, but Blank's experience in starting real, successful companies shines in this book. A combination of essays, diagrams, and course notes from a popular class Blank teaches at Sanford, Four Steps to the Epiphany will help you validate your business idea before you sink years of effort and your life savings into a new business idea.

If you're responsible for creating and testing new offers, skip Four Steps to the Epiphany at your own peril.


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The Personal MBA

Master the Art of Business

A world-class business education in a single volume. Learn the universal principles behind every successful business, then use these ideas to make more money, get more done, and have more fun in your life and work.

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