I wanted to like Rework by Fried and Hannson, but I feel like I overpaid.
To say it's a short book is an understatement. This is pretty much it:
- Simplicity is the only winning formula.
- Don't hire until quality falls.
- A successful private company can get by with very few employees by outsourcing utility functions (details on this may be in their other book)
- Meetings are bad, but distributed teams need to get together every three months or so. Evidently whatever those teams do together is not "meeting". Whatever "meeting" is.
- True productivity works with a balanced 45-50 hour week -- but when you're doing a startup you should sacrifice sleep and keep your day job.
- You can make money by reselling the detritus of corporate activity, like this book.
- Cash flow is king, be positive early.
- Build enough to sell, then build what you need to keep selling.
- Customers can't tell you what they need.
- Don't fear customers graduating from your services (but I wager they don't make it easy for customers to migrate their data).
- Don't surrender ownership early -- wait until you're a proven company.
- Only hire talented writers - regardless of the position
The book isn't worthless. About two thirds of it feels right, which is better than the average business book. On the other hand, I don't buy average business books.
I'd recommend a pass on this one. Do pick it up at the library or a used book store. $8 would be a fair price.