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The Hippie Guide to Climbing the Corporate Ladder & Other Mountains: How JanSport Makes It Happen Hardcover – Bargain Price, January 9, 2007

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With contagious enthusiasm, droll photographs and '60s lingo, Yowell tells the breezy story of JanSport, maker of Trail Dome tents and ubiquitous day packs. One of the company's cofounders—"three long-haired hippies with little more to their names than a thirst for high adventure and a love for the outdoors"—Yowell chronicles JanSport's "forty years of innovation, adventure, and general outdoor grooviness." While offering an inside look at some specific corporate decisions and initiatives, he keeps the focus on incorporating "the spirit of freedom" in everyday business life. But if the author's voice weren't so engaging, some sections, like the multiple chapters on JanSport mountain-climbing events, would feel off-target. Yowell seems amused by the whole idea of writing a business book—he follows a long tale about yaks and a Mount Everest climb with "I'm sure there's a business principle somewhere in that experience." Yet he does offer some feel-good ideas that may resonate with readers, such as nurturing and speaking well of others and being "glad when things don't work out as planned. You might just discover the next great invention." Right on, brother. (Jan.)
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Skip's account of the founding of JanSport wreaks of honesty, humor, and enough anecdotes to stir a memory in almost anyone who has spent time outside. His tale takes you from a small room above a transmission shop to a global enterprise and packs enough adventures to keep the fire stoked and the beer on ice for hours. --Larry Burke, Editor-in-Chief, Outside Magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson; 1 edition (January 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595558527
  • ASIN: B002KE49D8
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,313,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Roger Pommerenke on March 3, 2007
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Baby boomers who remember the sixties will enjoy this book. So will hikers, campers, students and anyone else who has ever used a JanSport backpack or tent. Skip reveals the serendipity story of how to succeed `without a business plan'.
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I was a highschool classmate of Skip's but lost track of him till 13 years ago. I am amazing to see how far a person can go in a lifetime, how close they can stay to a dream and how he developed an idea/company into a houseold name. Skip was and still is a modest guy who built something truely worth boasting about and had many great adventures along the way. And as an "organizational person" I am glad to see his thoughts on customer service, communications and first hand knowledge of his market, its customers and the application of his product.
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Amazing story and such a positive primer on how to make your dreams come true by sharing your enthusiasm in your creation with the world. Never be afraid to think outside the box. The world loves free-spirited thinkers.
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Great book. Skip you did a great job documenting the life of Jansport and I truly respect how the business evolved. I started a bag and travel company 4 years ago and its good to see that the same struggles and successes you had, we are also having. Revive Brand Co may never be the best hiking/ outdoor bag company, but we are the best streetwear oriented bag on the market.

Once again I definitely recommend this book to anyone looking to dive into entrepreneurship. Awesome pictures and great story.
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Skip Yowell writes about the evolution of JanSport as it morphs from an idea into an internationally known brand. Throughout, his identification of corporate principles as applied by JanSport easily applies to anyone hoping to create their own business in an authentic, personally meaningful and ethically responsible way. His advice derives from experience. It's a real-world, real-people success story that offers a guide for anyone who is interested in pursuing a long-shot dream.
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By Myopia123 on February 14, 2013
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This book was very fun to read. It was refreshing and actually got me thinking that I would like to take Skips advice and spend more time in the great out doors.

I wish all bosses could be as cool as Skip. I have been using Jansport book bags and suitcases for year and it's great that there is a company out there that still does a life time warranty not that I have ever had to use.

The story was very engaging and he did a great job keeping it moving upbeat and funny.
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This book is more an autobiography of Skip Yowell, one of the co-founders of Jansport. Honestly, the writing style is extremely elementary. And lacked any depth. To his credit he didn't use a ghost writer. But Skip definitely lacks any skill in telling a coherent story. I picked up the book because I'd like to think that I'm a hippie of sorts. And while I don't want to climb the corporate ladder, I certainly am interested in learning more about the small business world that I'm living in. Plus the artwork for the book is amazing in my opinion. So I picked it up. Overall, the book isn't bad. And despite the writing style, I have to admit that reading the stories of a young start-up in the 70's was mildly entertaining. As far as imparting any great wisdom . . . there isn't much of that. But you can tell that Skip and the other founders of Jansport had/have a fun time doing what they do. Their spirit of entrepreneurship and desire to make money all while attempting to be environmentally and socially sound was encouraging to me . . . with my little start-up.
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I was visiting my record label and the marketing guy had two books on his desk that he offered me. He had gotten them for free. One was on FUBU and one was this. I took this one. The cover art really is attractive enough alone. Skip tells the interesting story of how Jansport came to be. I had no idea they started the trend to use backpacks at school. Along with this story comes several stories of climbing different mountains. If this sounds disjointed, it kinda is. I think Skip has just looked back on his life and wrote about what he found he did that was most interesting. Found Jansport, climb some mountains, the end. Having said that, I went from having zero interest in the brand to reading the book in two days. I wasn't able to put the thing down. It's very interesting, simple to read and even a little inspiring. I felt like building backpacks and climbing mountains for weeks.
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