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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (901 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha Narrator: Kaleo Griffith Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2012 ISBN: 9780307971449
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The career escalator is jammed at every level. Unemployment rates are sky-high. Creative disruption is shaking every industry. Global competition for jobs is fierce. The employer-employee pact is over and traditional job security is a thing of the past.  
 
Here, LinkedIn cofounder and chairman Reid Hoffman and author Ben Casnocha show how to accelerate your career in today's competitive world. The key is to manage your career as if it were a start-up business: a living, breathing, growing start-up of you.
 
Why? Start-ups - and the entrepreneurs who run them - are nimble. They invest in themselves. They build their professional networks. They take intelligent risks. They make uncertainty and volatility work to their advantage. 
 
These are the very same skills professionals need to get ahead today. 
 
This book isn't about cover letters or resumes. Instead, you will learn the best practices of Silicon Valley start-ups, and how to apply these entrepreneurial strategies to your career. Whether you work for a giant multinational corporation, a small local business, or launching your own venture, you need to know how to:
 
Adapt your career plans as you change, the people around you change, and industries change.
Develop a competitive advantage to win the best jobs and opportunities.
Strengthen your professional network by building powerful alliances and maintaining a diverse mix of relationships. * Find the unique breakout opportunities that massively accelerate career growth.
Take proactive risks to become more resilient to industry tsunamis. 
Tap your network for information and intelligence that help you make smarter decisions.
 
A revolutionary new guide to thriving in today's fractured world of work, the strategies in this book will help you survive and thrive and achieve your boldest professional ambitions. The Start-Up of You empowers you to become the CEO of your career and take control of your future.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman has pulled off something extraordinary in his book-writing debut. He has challenged a well-worn idea….and replaced it with something better.
     Fortune

  • "Forging a fulfilling career is one of the most important--and often, most difficult--challenges in building a happy life. The Start-Up of You is crammed with insights and strategies to help each of us create the work life we want. Gretchen Rubin, author of the #1 bestseller, The Happiness Project
     
     "The Startup of You" describes how to take the Silicon Valley approach to building a life: start with an idea, and work over your entire career to turn it something remarkable. In the world today, I think that the startup approach to life is necessary. This book distills the key techniques needed to succeed.
  • "Everyone, women and men alike, needs to think big to succeed. This is a practical book that shows you how to take control and build a career that will enable you to have real impact. Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer, Facebook
  • "Being an entrepreneur isn’t really about starting a business.  It’s a way of looking at the world: seeing opportunity where others see obstacles, taking risks when others take refuge. Whatever career you’re in ­ or want to be in ­ The Start-Up of You holds lessons for success. Michael Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg, L.P. and Mayor, New York City

  • The same extraordinary vision and timing that enabled Reid to found LinkedIn is once again on display with his book "the start-up of YOU."  His central thesis, that every individual can benefit from acting as the entrepreneur of their own life and career, has never been more important than it is in today's increasingly globalized, competitive, and networked world. Jeff Weiner, CEO, LinkedIn    
  • If you are starting a career, it is an excellent book for thinking through the practical issues you will face in branding yourself in what is becoming a more volatile and very different labor market Tyler Cowen, Marginal Revolution.
  •  “Hoffman and Casnocha make a number of astute observations about shifts in the world of work…. As well as explaining network intelligence, or why your contacts’ contacts may be the best source of leads about potential jobs...the book also gives numerous tips—including ones gleaned from the world of online dating—about how best to broker effective relationships.
     -The Economist
  • ""The Internet has fundamentally changed the architecture of business and society. This terrific book shows you how to live, learn, and thrive in a networked world. Joi Ito, Director, MIT Media Lab
  • "A profound book about self-determination and self-realization. By capturing and universalizing the wisdom of successful start-up businesses, the authors provide an exciting blueprint for building a fulfilling career. Invaluable for any person who wants to be a successful entrepreneur ­ not in a particular company ­ but in the most important enterprise of all: one's own life. Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark
  • “Silicon Valley revolutionizes entire industries through the way we work. It is now time to export our playbook to the rest of the world. The Startup of You is that key playbook: it will help you revolutionize yourself and achieve your own career breakout. Marc Andreessen, co-founder Netscape; director at HP, Facebook, and eBay
  • "This great book shows that entrepreneurship is really about taking control of your life, and you don’t need a big startup to be an entrepreneur – you need personal responsibility and intellectual exploration.
    Penelope Trunk, author, Brazen Careerist

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny Larsen | 12/26/2013

    " This book has some really good ideas to help you think about what you want to do next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stamatis Mark | 12/25/2013

    " It was a great book.helped me a lot to understand network and general public relations behavior. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 10/17/2013

    " Love the ideas behind "The Start-Up of You". A-B-Z plan, continuously invest in yourself, be aware of your network and nurture it. I have no plans of changing jobs and still got a lot from this book. Also bought a copy for my nephew who is graduating college soon. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori Grant | 9/24/2013

    " A must-read book on career development. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kumanan Murugesan | 6/7/2013

    " A very nice read. I would recommend this to my friends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 5/10/2013

    " Good common-sensey stuff here. Worth a read for anyone looking for professional development. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amit Hinduja | 4/30/2013

    " Great networking book for entrepreneurs. Must read for individual who want to make intelligent network. Also good book for individuals who actively seeking new opportunities. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ernesto Moreno | 12/23/2012

    " Thought provoking book, great not only to entrepreneurs but also corporate career driven people. Lots of very practical tips and easy to understand stories. Highlights very well the areas of risk and networking "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ryan Seamons | 10/28/2012

    " Awesome to see the building blocks of career development behind LinkedIn. Reid Hoffman weaves great stories, solid principles, and actionable advice together very well. This is a must read for those with questions about career development and networking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jahed | 10/13/2012

    " Helped me build a network and get a job I love with a 2.5 year resume gap. Solid book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yazan Malakha | 10/9/2012

    " Packed with a lot of insightful stories and valuable tips, the chapters on networking and risk taking are a must read for any entrepreneur or employee. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Xiaoming Oaij | 7/11/2012

    " Well-written book in language everyone can understand. thoughtful and insightful career advice. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carolyn | 6/25/2012

    " Interesting topical information; a less-than compelling read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dennis | 6/5/2012

    " This book told me all of the steps I eventually figured out on my own while networking for a job in Portland. I'm still looking for a book to help me become passionate about something and to know what it is to start my start up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephen Chen | 5/23/2012

    " A bit contrived with all the parallels they draw to SV and entrepreneurship. Nothing too surprising here. Still, these are all good advices. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert Chapman | 3/31/2012

    " Good practical advise geared towards today's reality of work and the actions needed to build a career. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Norm De | 3/14/2012

    " Nice starting point for those looking to shake up, invigorate or pivot their professional lives. "

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About the Author
Author Reid Hoffman

Reid Hoffman is an American entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and author who is best known as the cofounder of LinkedIn.

About the Narrator

Kaleo Griffith is an actor and Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator. He has appeared in such television series as Law & Order and Reggie’s Family & Friends.