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Frictionless
Why the Future of Everything Will Be Fast, Fluid, and Made Just for You
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Serial entrepreneur Christiane Lemieux describes the new rules of entrepreneurship and business, arguing that visionary startups leverage the concept of "frictionless" to beat their competitors. Based...
Serial entrepreneur Christiane Lemieux describes the new rules of entrepreneurship and business, arguing that visionary startups leverage the concept of "frictionless" to beat their competitors. Based...
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  • Serial entrepreneur Christiane Lemieux describes the new rules of entrepreneurship and business, arguing that visionary startups leverage the concept of "frictionless" to beat their competitors.
    Based on interviews with dozens of startup founders, experts and scholars on entrepreneurship, Frictionless provides readers with a wide-ranging education in starting companies that thrive in the world of frictionless commerce—made possible by new technologies, a new mindset, and new demands from Millennial consumers. Working with bestselling author and journalist Duff McDonald, Lemieux also shares her own story—lessons learned, failures absorbed—at the helm of DwellStudio (which was acquired by Wayfair) and her latest venture, The Inside.

    Some founders profiled in the book are reducing friction in their own business models, others reduce friction through improved customer experiences, and still others are revolutionizing their operations to create frictionless organizations. Readers will glean lessons from the founders of well-known companies such as Instant Pot, Bonobos, Hims, and Halo Top—as well as upstarts Billie, Dame Products, and Convene.

    Frictionless outlines the groundwork necessary for getting a company up-and-running and explains how companies make and market products and services while meeting the demands of their customers and employees today. Frictionless is the essential handbook for creating tomorrow's mind set and competitive advantage.


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  • Christiane Lemieux is a serial entrepreneur. She is the founder of direct-to-consumer home furnishings brand, The Inside and also operates and designs her namesake lifestyle brand, Lemieux et Cie. The first company she founded, DwellStudio, sold to Wayfair in 2013, where Lemieux served as Wayfair's Executive Creative Director until 2016. Additionally, she was a co-host and a judge on Ellen Degeneres' HGTV furniture design competition show Ellen's Design Challenge.


    Lemieux authored her first book to critical acclaim in 2011, titled Undecorate and released her second best-selling book The Finer Things in 2016. Her most recent book focused on the new rules of entrepreneurship and business, Frictionless, goes on sale this June 2020. Lemieux is a frequent contributor to Architectural Digest, Apartment Therapy and other design media.


    Lemieux has been listed as one of Fortune's 2012 'Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs, sits on the board of Every Mother Counts, and is a passionate philanthropist. She is a graduate of Parsons School of Design and Queen's University in Canada and resides in New York City.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    February 24, 2020
    Every successful start-up has helped reduce the “friction,” or inconvenience, of day-to-day life, asserts Lemieux (The Finer Things), founder of The Inside, a home furnishing company, in her snappy but thin survey. Lemieux interviewed more than six dozen entrepreneurs and found each one, in one way or another, trying to reduce inconvenience—whether in pharmacy prescriptions, shaving kits, customized hair care, or office rentals. She warns that in modern business being frictionless isn’t just advantageous, it’s necessary—digital natives won’t bother with products that are anything less. Less time spent on using a good or service means more to spend on family, friends, or oneself, Lemieux writes, and, based on interactions with her own millennial workforce, she believes “found time” is important for younger generations. While Lemieux’s tone is refreshingly salty—millennial workers are “taking back their time from the people that have been taking it away from the rest of us our whole lives”—the concept of friction reduction is overly familiar, and the frequent plugs for her business are off-putting. There’s little new here.

  • Library Journal

    April 1, 2020

    What will the next wave of successful start-up businesses have in common? According to Lemieux (Undecorate, The Finer Things) and McDonald (The Golden Passport) it's that they will deliver what they have promised (whatever that may be) without monopolizing any of their customers' preciously guarded free time. To be "frictionless," any given business transaction must seem to be effortless and instant and the start-ups that will flourish will be those driven by services that make something we're already doing easier, thereby adding to that free time. Though there are frequent references to co-author McDonald, the book is written as first-person advice from Lemieux. This advice comes largely in the form of examples from the current crop of start-ups that embody various aspects of the titular concept--"frictionless experience," "frictionless competition," "frictionless YOU"--31 in all. Lemieux also details what she's learned from her own start-up experiences with DwellStudio and The Inside. VERDICT Following the evolution of ideas that led to the businesses Lemieux describes makes for interesting reading as well as speculation as to whether her predictions of success will hold true. Will appeal to budding entrepreneurs and those interested in start-up culture.--Sara Holder, Univ. of Illinois Libs., Champaign

    Copyright 2020 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Christy Turlington Burns, founder of Every Mother Counts "With more nonprofits looking to other sectors for best practices in engaging and mobilizing constituents, particularly through the use of available and new technologies, there is no book more timely or relevant than Frictionless. Christiane has gathered opinions from some of the best thinkers, from whom we all could learn a lesson or two on dissolving the barriers between people and their passions."
  • Clare Vivier, founder of Clare V "In the world of fashion and retail, the more we reduce the friction from every aspect of our business, the easier it becomes to delight and engage our customers. Anyone looking to advance business, disrupt incumbents, or reshape industries should read Christiane's book. She has helped me by gathering the opinions of other entrepreneurs and experts."
  • Michael Cannell, author of A Brotherhood Betrayed: The Man Behind the Rise and Fall of Murder, Inc. "Frictionless is a creative user's manual for the postvirus world, a way forward that is smarter, faster, and more nimble. Christiane Lemieux is a wayfinder, and this book may show the direction for the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs."
  • Anjali Kumar, founding general counsel and head of Social Innovation at Warby Parker "Anyone looking to advance their business, disrupt incumbents, or reshape industries should read Christiane's book. She has gathered the opinions of an erudite cohort doing just that."

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