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15 Bedtime Stories that keep Entrepreneurs Awake at Night Hardcover – September 1, 2009

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Having personally worked with over fifteen thousand entrepreneurs since 1991, I can tell you that every one of the fifteen bedtime stories contains a lesson that a budding entrepreneur needs to know. ---Mo Fathelbab (President, Forum Resources Network; Author "FORUM: The Secret Advantage of Successful Leaders")

I wish I'd had this book when I started my first company. The bedtime story format is awesome--presenting many important lessons for first-time entrepreneurs in an easy-to-consume format. ---Brad Feld (Managing Director, Foundry Group)

 

Terrific common sense served in bite-sized digestible portions full of the right vitamins and minerals for a healthy growing business--well done. ---Doug Tatum (Chairman Emeritus, Tatum LLC; Author "No Man's Land")

 

The kind of wisdom imparted here can only be gained in the trials of experience. Read this book to avoid some of the most common traps for entrepreneurs. ---Keith McFarland (#1 Best-selling Author, "The Breakthrough Company and Bounce")

 

This is an entrepreneurial lesson book where you feel as if you are sitting across the table and talking with the teacher. It is an easy read with powerful examples to improve your business skills. - --Jack Stack (President and CEO, SRC Holdings Corporation; Co-author, "The Great Game of Business")

About the Author

Dave Ingram graduated from Hampden-Sydney College. He founded and now serves and as the President and CEO of Capital TechSearch, an IT staffing and Executive Search Firm in Richmond, VA., where he lives with his wife, twin sons and baby daughter.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: HigherLife Publishing; 1 edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935245031
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935245032
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,340,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I remember sitting with my head held in my hands a number of years ago, unsure if my fledgling business was going to survive," writes David Ingram at the beginning of this book. "...I was petrified by the thought of failing--both personally and professionally--and losing everything I had worked so hard to build over the years. I lost a lot of sleep."

Ingram, the founder/CEO of VA-based executive search and IT staffing firm Capital TechSearch, probably sleeps better now. The company's revenues increased 63% in 2008, earning it a place on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing private companies--the second time the company had been honored.

Yet this successful entrepreneur hasn't taken his learning curve for granted. "When I was in such a bad spot several years ago, I wish that I had a book like this one to reassure me and help me stave off insomnia."

He didn't have the right book, because the market didn't offer him one. So Ingram proceeded to do what entrepreneurs do best: He created the product. The book, released in late September 2009, presents fifteen real-life business challenges, many from Ingram's own experience. He covers the story, implications, and resolution of each challenge in every chapter of the book. At the end of each chapter, he presents readers with a short list of questions to help them work out similar challenges in their own companies.

Essentially an advice book, "15 Bedtime Stories" covers important lessons that every entrepreneur growing a business from a startup to a platform (self-sustaining) organization should know. Each chapter presents a real-life business challenge, from cash flow to ethics. The human resources-related chapters were especially strong. This is not surprising, given Ingram's industry focus on people.
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15 Bedtime Stories is a must read for entrepreneurs working on their first venture. It will save a lot time, money, and most of all...sleep.
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As a serial entrepreneur, what I love about this book is each chapter is a nice synopsis of the many of coffee, lunch, dinner meetings I have had with those that want to start their own business (or already are in the throws of doing so). Starting a company is a very lonely thing - most people think you are crazy and the support systems don't exist as they should. This book sheds light on the areas a new business owner should worry about and does it in a way that's reinforcing through the use of real business examples. Great stocking stuffer for that person in your life who has always dreamed of "going out on their own".
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