The Innovator's Dilemma
by Clayton M. Christensen
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Guy Kawasaki's Review:

This was a formative read for me: it taught me why it’s so hard to come up with a second hit and why startups often have the advantage when creating curve-jumping innovation.


Mark Cuban's Review:

This helped me make sense of why things worked and didn't work in the technology industry. 


Max Levchin's Review:

What’s your favorite business book you’d recommend to young entrepreneurs and why?

Some good ones from the “pure business” category: Zero to One, The Hard Thing About Hard Things, The Innovator’s Dilemma, Good to Great, etc. 


Steve Blank's Review:

Innovator’s Dilemma and Innovator’s Solution helped me refine the notion of the Four types of Startup Markets.  I read these books as the handbook for startups trying to disrupt an established company


Jeff Bezos's Review:

An enormously influential business book whose principles Amazon acted on and that facilitated the creation of the Kindle and AWS. Some companies are reluctant to embrace disruptive technology because it might alienate customers and undermine their core business, but Christensen argues that ignoring potential disruption is even costlier.


Marc Andreessen's Review:

Q) Hey @pmarca is all innovation disruptive? If yes, why the redundancy? If not,what the hell is undisruptive innovation?

A) It's called sustaining innovation. There is also a third kind, discontinuous innovation. Read the Christensen book :-).


Ben Horowitz's Review:

Interestingly this is the only business book that Steve Jobs liked. In his biography of Jobs, Walter Isaacson wrote that it “deeply influenced” Jobs. Fittingly the book shows why and how most companies miss out on new waves of innovation — they do exactly what they are taught to do in business school.


Malcolm Gladwell's Review:

I came very late to that book [The Innovator’s Dilemma]. I only read it six months ago. And I haven't stopped thinking of it ever since.