WINNER OF BUSINESS BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 2021 AND BEST START UP/SCALE UP BOOK AWARD 2021
'A powerful way to think about success as an entrepreneur.'
Ali Abdaal, Productivity YouTuber, Podcaster & Ex-Doctor
'Crucial business advice that you won't get anywhere else.'
Derek Sivers, Entrepreneur & Author of Anything You Want
This ground-breaking book exposes the myths behind startup success, illuminates the real forces at work and shows how they can be harnessed in your favour.
The world isn't a level playing field. Meritocracy is a myth. And if you look at those at the top, you realise that behind every success story is an Unfair Advantage. But that doesn't just mean your parents' wealth or who you know. An Unfair Advantage is any element that gives you an edge over your competition. And we all have one.
Drawing on over two decades of hands-on experience, including as the first Marketing Director of Just Eat (a startup now worth over £5 billion), the authors show how to identify your own unfair advantages and apply them to any project. Hard work and grit aren't enough, so they explore the importance of money, intelligence, insight, location, education, expertise, status and luck in the journey to success. From Snapchat to Spanx, Oprah to Elon Musk, unfair advantages have shaped the journeys of some of the most successful brands in the world. This book helps you too find the external circumstances and internal strengths to succeed in the world of business and beyond.
Good core idea but not enough content
Expected more from this book. The core idea of unfair advantages is interesting, but it’s not enough to write a whole book on. I found the content too lightweight and much of it is common sense. I’d also appreciate more variety in the examples from real startups - how many readers are trying to build the next Instagram or Snapchat?
The book is easy to read though, I liked the authors’ personal story too.