Play Bigger: How Pirates, Dreamers, and Innovators Create and Dominate Markets

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Play Bigger: How Pirates, Dreamers, and Innovators Create and Dominate Markets

About This Book:

The founders of a respected Silicon Valley advisory firm study legendary category-creating companies and reveal a groundbreaking discipline called category design.

Winning today isn’t about beating the competition at the old game. It’s about inventing a whole new game—defining a new market category, developing it, and dominating it over time. You can’t build a legendary company without building a legendary category. If you think that having the best product is all it takes to win, you’re going to lose.

In this farsighted, pioneering guide, the founders of Silicon Valley advisory firm Play Bigger rely on data analysis and interviews to understand the inner workings of “category kings”— companies such as Amazon, Salesforce, Uber and IKEA that give us new ways of living, thinking or doing business, often solving problems we didn’t know we had.

In Play Bigger, the authors assemble their findings to introduce the new discipline of category design. By applying category design, companies can create new demand where none existed, conditioning customers’ brains so they change their expectations and buying habits. While this discipline defines the tech industry, it applies to every kind of industry and even to personal careers.

Crossing The Chasm revolutionized how we think about new products in an existing market. The Innovator’s Dilemma taught us about disrupting an aging market. Now, Play Bigger is transforming business once again, showing us how to create the market itself.

About the Author:

Al Ramadan: Al Ramadan is a co-founding partner at Play Bigger Advisors. He has been a CEO, entrepreneur, operating executive and sailing technologist.

Kevin Maney:
Kevin Maney is a best-selling author and award-winning columnist. He writes weekly about technology and society for Newsweek.

Christopher Lochhead:
Christopher Lochhead is the host of “The Podcast Silicon Valley Needs” – Legends & Losers, and co-author of Harper Collins’ “instant classic,” Play Bigger: How Pirates, Dreamers and Innovators Create and Dominate Markets.

Dave Peterson:
Dave Peterson: has been an entrepreneur, chief marketing officer, master of execution, and category designer.

Information pulled from Amazon product page.