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The Intelligent Entrepreneur

How Three Harvard Business School Graduates Learned the 10 Rules of Successful Entrepreneurship

Henry Holt and Co.

Written with the cooperation of Harvard Business School, an instructive and inspiring book for anyone who dreams of starting a highly profitable business

In 1998, three Harvard Business School graduates—two men and one woman—turned down six-figure salaries at big corporations, bet on themselves, and launched their own new companies. By their ten-year reunion, their audacity had paid huge dividends. They'd made many millions of dollars, created hundreds of jobs—and left their mark on the world.

Based on dozens of interviews with highly successful entrepreneurs, Harvard Business School professors, and HBS alumni, The Intelligent Entrepreneur tells the compelling and instructive story of how these three young founders developed ideas, assembled teams, built ventures, and achieved their dreams. Along the way, they learned that starting great companies requires much more than a ferocious work ethic or good timing. Their hard-won insights—distilled into ten key rules—will help anyone become a successful entrepreneur.

What they teach you at Harvard Business School is that intelligent entrepreneurship can be learned. In that spirit, Bill Murphy Jr. uses a unique combination of vivid storytelling and lucid instruction to show would-be entrepreneurs how to improve their odds of creating dynamic, lasting businesses.


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Introduction

Wonderful News:
Most New Businesses Fail

Let me guess. If you're reading this book, it's probably because you hope to become a truly successful entrepreneur. You want to build something dynamic, useful, and great, and maybe even get rich in the process. If that's the case, then allow me to give you the good news right up front:

Most new ventures fail—usually for good reasons.

They fail because their founders launch without being truly committed to their success. They fail because a would-be entrepreneur becomes convinced that a lousy business idea


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Praise for The Intelligent Entrepreneur

“An excellent, thought-provoking overview of entrepreneurship… that uses actual cases to describe the challenges of starting a business and realizing success.”—Booklist
 
“An unusual hybrid work of self-help, business and narrative nonfiction… Murphy’s explication of the [ten] rules is detailed and clear…and the narrative chapters are compelling… The degree of cooperation Murphy received from his subjects—as well as their classmates, professors, business partners and employees—is astounding and greatly enriches the book.”--Kirkus Reviews
 
“Bill Murphy’s book captures the reality of entrepreneurial endeavors by detailing how three graduates of HBS found opportunity, acquired the resources they needed, and committed heart and soul to their venture.  Entrepreneurship is messy, an emotional and financial rollercoaster.  This book serves as an invaluable guide to those who might follow in the footsteps of these remarkable young entrepreneurs.”--William Sahlman, Professor, Harvard Business School
 
The Intelligent Entrepreneur is full of invaluable advice, and it highlights the ways that thoughtful people actually go about learning the ideas and developing skills required to be successful entrepreneurs.  Bill Murphy’s book shows that entrepreneurs who take an informed and intelligent approach to launching new companies can vastly improve their chances of ultimate success.”--Joseph Lassiter, Professor, Harvard Business School 
“An excellent, thought-provoking overview of entrepreneurship… that uses actual cases to describe the challenges of starting a business and realizing success.”—Booklist
 
“An unusual hybrid work of self-help, business and narrative nonfiction… Murphy’s explication of the [ten] rules is detailed and clear…and the narrative chapters are compelling… The degree of cooperation Murphy received from his subjects—as well as their classmates, professors, business partners and employees—is astounding and greatly enriches the book.”--Kirkus Reviews
 
“Bill Murphy’s book captures the reality of entrepreneurial endeavors by detailing how three graduates of HBS found opportunity, acquired the resources they needed, and committed heart and soul to their venture.  Entrepreneurship is messy, an emotional and financial rollercoaster.  This book serves as an invaluable guide to those who might follow in the footsteps of these remarkable young entrepreneurs.”--William Sahlman, Professor, Harvard Business School
 
The Intelligent Entrepreneur is full of invaluable advice, and it highlights the ways that thoughtful people actually go about learning the ideas and developing skills required to be successful entrepreneurs.  Bill Murphy’s book shows that entrepreneurs who take an informed and intelligent approach to launching new companies can vastly improve their chances of ultimate success.”--Joseph Lassiter, Professor, Harvard Business School 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Bill Murphy Jr. is the author of The Intelligent Entrepreneur: How Three Harvard Business School Graduates Learned the 10 Rules of Successful Entrepreneurship and In a Time of War: The Proud and Perilous Journey of West Point's Class of 2002. Previously, he worked as Bob Woodward's research assistant on the bestselling State of Denial. An inveterate entrepreneur who was on the founding teams of three separate start-ups, he is also a former military officer, lawyer, and Washington Post reporter.

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How Three Harvard Business School Graduates Learned the 10 Rules of Successful Entrepreneurship

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