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Berkonomics [Kindle Edition]

Dave Berkus
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With over fifty years of entrepreneurial, management and corporate board experience, Dave Berkus offers 101 business insights for management and boards of companies of all sizes, served up as concise nuggets of actionable wisdom.
Interwoven with over fifty of Dave’s stories describing his experiences, this book is an indispensible guide for CEO’s, management and corporate boards for:
• Sharpening your corporate vision
• Strategic planning
• Product and price positioning
• Building and leveraging your board
• Finding and nurturing “teacher-customers”
• Focusing resources for growth
• Positioning for a liquidity event
Spend time with this internationally recognized business expert, author and keynote speaker as he guides you through stages of your corporate growth, using his experience and wisdom to point out opportunities and roadblocks along the way.
Graduate with a degree in Berkonomics, and use these insights to drive your growth and business success.


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I love Berkonomics!I only wish my professors had used this book as our text book in my economics courses. Dave has the wonderful ability to make complex concepts relateable to our everyday lives. I try to incorporate your concepts into my business dealings both as a senior managing consultant with a Fortune 100 company and as a small business owner of a web design and marketing firm. 
-Diane Scott From Washington DC USA

From the Back Cover

With over fifty years of entrepreneurial, management and corporate board experience, Dave Berkus offers 101 business insights for management and boards of companies of all sizes, served up as concise nuggets of actionable wisdom.
Interwoven with over fifty of Dave's stories describing his experiences, this book is an indispensible guide for CEO's, management and corporate boards for:
* Sharpening your corporate vision
* Strategic planning
* Product and price positioning
* Building and leveraging your board
* Finding and nurturing "teacher-customers"
* Focusing resources for growth
* Positioning for a liquidity event
Spend time with this internationally recognized business expert, author and keynote speaker as he guides you through stages of your corporate growth, using his experience and wisdom to point out opportunities and roadblocks along the way.
Graduate with a degree in Berkonomics, and use these insights to drive your growth and business success.

Product Details

  • File Size: 251 KB
  • Print Length: 178 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0557143276
  • Publisher: LuLu Press; Second edition (October 21, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031QP8W0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,177,523 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A CEO's Primer January 5, 2010
Format:Paperback
Having been CEO / President of four companies in my career, I believe I have made a lot of the mistakes that Dave points out so succinctly in "BERKONOMICS". I believe that had I had access to this book back then, I could have avoided most of them.

I found the book to be an easy read, concise and made more meaningful by his sharing good examples of his previous experiences. I believe this book, when used as a reference, will prevent others from having to learn the hard way. Personally, I plan to continue to use this book as a primer to review certain situations and remind myself of what not to do, even though in some cases I have already been there.

In addition to refreshing my memory, I also gained insight into new areas that will make me more prepared and valuable should I now experience them.

I consider it a "must have" on any CEO / President's book shelf.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An MBA In Less Than 140 Characters December 6, 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is the "Art of War" for the modern business world in today's terms.

In this short book, Dave shares an incredible amount of experience and insight that will serve any entrepreneur well. Whether you are just starting out or are a seasoned business person, here is the voice of someone whose has been successful in navigating the endless land mines and pitfalls of business while keeping his eye on the goal. The truly amazing thing about this book is how condensed it is relative to the horrendously wide range of knowledge it conveys.

If you don't spend the time to read and consider the simple but very effective points Dave makes, you deserve to suffer the ill's that make so many entrepreneurs and businesses fail.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Entrepreneur's Must Read December 9, 2009
Format:Paperback
Dave Berkus has packaged this gem in an easy to consume, informative format. It contains wisdom that only years of thrills and spills of a lifetime and operation of entrepreneurial businesses can reveal. As a CPA, I have seen so many with tremendous potential fall for lack of effective planning and counsel. This really brings clarity to the majority of the issues. To an entrepreneurial business owner---Read this! It does not guarantee success but it sure increases the probability of it. To an investor---Read this! If you don't, you run the risk of investing in an enterprise that might only succeed by mistake.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great guide January 12, 2013
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A checklist of prinicples from a proven investor and operator. I use as a guide and reminder when i evaluate companies
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5.0 out of 5 stars CEO Guidepost May 24, 2010
Format:Paperback
Berkonomics and it's corresponding workbook is a "must have" for any CEO wanting to build a team of A Players. After first reading the book, I flew my leadership team into California from as far away as Atlanta and New Zealand for a two day retreat. Dave's tools and lessons led us to perfect alignment!

CEO, Decision Toolbox
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More About the Author

Dave Berkus is a much in-demand speaker, with a proven track record of over fifty years as an entrepreneur and successful angel investor. As an entrepreneur, he has formed, managed and sold successful businesses in the entertainment and software arenas. As an investor, he has obtained healthy returns from over twenty liquidity events in early-stage ventures. As a mentor, he was named "Early Stage Director of the Year" by Forum for Corporate Directors for his efforts as chairman or board member of over 40 companies since 1993. As a speaker, he has been rated the highest of any previous speaker in numerous business and entrepreneur venues.

Dave was the founder of an early computer software company, which he guided as CEO for over a decade that included two consecutive years on the Inc.500 list of America's fastest growing companies. For his accomplishments in advancing technology in the hospitality industry, in 1998 he was inducted into the Hospitality (HFTP) "International Hall of Fame", one of only twenty-eight so honored worldwide over the years.

In the last ten years he has made 72 investments in early stage ventures, for which he has an IRR of 97%, which includes capital contributions to his two funds (Berkus Technology Ventures, LLC and Kodiak Ventures, L.P.), for which he is the managing partner). He is a past Chairman of the Tech Coast Angels, one of the largest angel networks in the United States, and currently serves as chairman of six companies, participating on a total of fourteen boards, including four non-profit boards

His latest books, "Extending the Runway", and "Berkonomics" address the complexities of growing young technology companies, providing sage advice to entrepreneurs, board members and professional managers regarding the use of available resources to promote growth and protect against failure. His "Berkus Method" for valuing young companies is widely quoted and used by angel investors and groups worldwide.

Dave's blog, www.berkonomics.com, is widely read and quoted.

Dave is much in demand as a speaker and story-teller, often addressing both current and future trends in technology as well as observations and stories of companies he's participated in that have succeeded and some that have not.

A graduate of Occidental College in Los Angeles, California, He has long been a trustee of the College.

More including clips and endorsements at www.berkus.com .

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