Sarah Lacy is an international journalist with more than a decade of experience covering the ups and downs of global innovation. In Brilliant, Crazy, Cocky, she spends more than forty weeks in eleven countries to bring a bold perspective on what can make or break new high-growth businesses in developing countries.
From Rwanda to Brazil, from Israel to India, Lacy travels from exploding megacities to sprawling slums, meeting the daring and inspiring entrepreneurs who are turning local chaos and basic human needs into often-staggering profits. Through her eye-opening reporting, she tells the true story of opportunity in this globalized world, and it goes well beyond call centers and outsourcing.
Brilliant, Crazy, Cocky delivers dramatic narratives from the front lines of countries stirred by turmoil and teeming with billions of people who have nothing to lose and everything to gain by embracing global investment and technology.
In doing so, it shines a spotlight on the slowing growth of business in America. In forty years, the United States will be the only current G7 nation that will remain one of the seven largest economies in the world. Only by studying the rising entrepreneurial stars of our future economic neighbors can we learn how to compete and thrive within this new world order.
This has been one of the best books I've read in the past year.
Sarah's book is a must read for entrepreneurs and investors alike, in Silicon Valley, and even more important, if you're outside of the valley.
Tl;dr: A great tentrepreneurship introduction to six countries; China, Israel, Indonesia, Brazil, India and Rwanda.
I read this book twice. If you love entrepreneur stories and adventures, and if you love emerging markets, this is a great book. Quick and easy. Lots of inspiration. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
This well written book ranges around selected key countries in the world and examines the attitudes they as societies take toward improving the lot of their populations by... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Cliff Edmeades
this book was easy to follow and highlights the typical characteristics of entrepreneurs who survive start up and go on to be succcessful.Published 22 months ago by lewis
I'm new to the startup scene. I've read a couple of books by American tech + startup identities, but don't really know much beyond 'Y Combinator is cool. Read morePublished on January 11, 2012 by Jade Craven
I enjoyed this well-written review of the masters of the world's new technology hubs by journalist and TechCrunch editor Sarah Lacy. Read morePublished on October 20, 2011 by Andy Orrock
After reading this book, i'm underwhelmed. The author is more a tourist than a journalist, she gets the exciting bits and anedoctes in the way that a first world explorer does when... Read morePublished on October 8, 2011 by Filippo
"Kris Kristopherson, who wrote "Me and Bobby McGee", was right when he said: "Freedom is just another word for nothin' left to lose. Read morePublished on April 7, 2011 by Richard