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High Growth Handbook – Book Review


CEO, a senior Product leader or VC funded entrepreneur (later stage) are the target audience. If you are not in the target group, this book can be irrelevant. I would also rate it high on practical insights. A collection of interviews with individuals who have started, invested in, and expanding enterprises. It organises the discussions into parts to jump to the interviews of the subjects on which you wish to focus precisely. 

When the startup continues to expand exponentially, spot on the book for the things you can face. 


A delightful book on a startup’s “good problem to have” — the scaling into an enduring enterprise once you have achieved product/market match. 

It goes over the specifics of a CEO role, the requirements for a successful startup, scale, and ways to manage the company board.


I enjoyed the description of the career advancement of the founder, how IPOs influence firms, and what qualities to look for when recruiting individuals at the level of the CEO. 


The book is a little rough in true Silicon Valley-style. Some interviews contain more information than the chapters, it can go further on trade-offs between corporate systems, and it needs a comprehensive look at international growth. I think it is a must-read for entrepreneurs and the perspective it provides to all the other roles necessary to make it run, even for engineers and product specialists. 


  • Skim Friendly
  • Super dry read. 
  • Incredibly informative!
  • If you listen to Audiobooks, the ratio of content to absorption time is low.


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