The Lightning-Fast Path to Building Billion-Dollar Companies

The forthcoming book by Reid Hoffman and Chris Yeh,
co-authors of the New York Times Bestseller 
The Alliance



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The Stanford class that started it all.

Blitzscaling is inspired by the popular class of the 
same name taught by Hoffman and Yeh at 
Stanford Business School.

LinkedIn co-founder, legendary investor and author of the NYT Bestseller The Start-up of You reveals the secret to starting and scaling massively valuable companies.

For most of the world, the terms "Silicon Valley" and "startup" are synonymous. Indeed, Silicon Valley is home to a disproportionate number of companies that have grown from garage startups into global giants.

But what is the secret to these startups' extraordinary success? Contrary to the popular narrative, it's not their superhuman founders or savvy venture capitalists. Rather, it's that they have learned how to Blitzscale. 

Blitzscaling is a specific set of practices for igniting and managing dizzying growth; an accelerated path to the stage in a startup's life-cycle where the most value is created. It prioritizes speed over efficiency in an environment of uncertainty, and allows a company to go from "startup" to "scaleup" at a furious pace that captures the market.

Drawing on their experiences scaling startups into billion-dollar businesses, Hoffman and Yeh offer a framework for blitzscaling that can be replicated in any region or industry. Readers will learn how to design business models that support lightning-fast growth, navigate necessary shifts in strategy at each level of scale, and weather the management challenges that arise as their company grows.

“Most value creation takes place not at the startup phase, when new companies are formed but at the “scale-up” phase, when a select number of these companies grow at dizzying pace. This growth is so rapid that I believe it deserves a new term to describe it: Blitzscaling.”

Reid Hoffman

Reid Hoffman is a partner at Greylock Partners. He co-founded LinkedIn in 2003 in his living room; it now has more than 500 million members in 200 countries and territories around the world. He joined Greylock Partners in 2009. He serves on the boards of Airbnb, Convoy, Edmodo, and Microsoft, in addition to some as yet unannounced startups. He leads the Greylock Discovery Fund, which invests in seed-stage entrepreneurs and companies; the fund is an extension of his prior angel investing, which included Facebook, Flickr,, and Zynga. Prior to LinkedIn and Greylock. He served as executive vice president at PayPal, where he was a founding board member. He believes strongly in the ability of entrepreneurship and technology to improve the world, and serves on the nonprofit boards of Biohub, Kiva, Endeavor, and  He co-authored the best-selling books The Startup of You and The Alliance. He earned his master’s degree in philosophy from Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar, and his bachelor’s degree with distinction in symbolic systems from Stanford University.

Chris Yeh is an entrepreneur, writer, and mentor. He helps interesting people do interesting things. Yeh earned two Bachelor's degrees with distinction from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar. He is co-author of the New York Times best-seller The Alliance, with Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha.

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