Reviews

  • This is required reading for founders. Experienced entrepreneurs all know this period Scott refers to as 'the messy middle' and a few of us have worked our way out of it, but this is the first time I've seen an expert-both as a founder and as an investor-break down in such detail just how to endure, optimize, and make it through.

    Alexis Ohanian, cofounder of Initialized Capital and Reddit
  • Scott Belsky is a master of generous work worth doing. The Messy Middle will help you see that you have more control than you dare to admit, and the ability to make a difference if you care enough.

    Seth Godin, author of Linchpin
  • Building a lasting business is 1 percent idea and 99 percent resilience. The Messy Middle details the unglamorous but essential lessons every founder needs to learn.

    Jennifer Hyman, cofounder and CEO, Rent The Runway
  • Starting a new venture is like jumping off a cliff and sewing a parachute on the way down. This book is the parachute.

    Joe Gebbia, cofounder and chief product officer, Airbnb
  • Having been through the ups and downs of the messy middle many times, it's critical to understand the challenges ahead. This insightful book empowers you to approach them head-on. Belsky's powerful tool kit, based on hard-earned experiences, is an essential guide to building a compelling product, revolutionizing an organization, or growing your leader-ship abilities.

    Tony Fadell, inventor of the iPod, coinventor of the iPhone, founder and former CEO of Nest, principal at Future Shape