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About the Author

Priceonomics is a San Francisco-based company that writes stories about innovators and economics, and also provides data services for businesses. The authors of this book are: Rohin Dhar: Rohin is a new dad. He likes to ride bikes and drink coffee. He holds an MBA from Stanford and BA from Dartmouth. Zachary Crockett: Zack plays many stringed instruments, climbs mountains, and is working on a collection of South American travel narratives. Rosie Cima: Rosie can usually be found making slow progress on several different music, digital art, and literature projects at a time, and generally tuckering herself out. She likes punk rock shows. Alex Mayyasi: Alex enjoys hiking, good food, and the rare days when the San Francisco fog lifts. He is writing a book about the Egyptian Revolution.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Priceonomics (December 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0692340726
  • ISBN-13: 978-0692340721
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,112 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Zachary Crockett is a San Francisco-based author.

As an in-house writer for Priceonomics, he's published articles on everything from the economics of college textbooks to the history of the red M&M. His written work has been recognized by The Atlantic's Longreads, Huffington Post, Forbes, and Gizmodo; he has also been a guest on NPR, Marketplace (PRI), and WGN Radio.

An avid traveller, Crockett has backpacked through the Amazon, climbed peaks in Patagonia, and hiked the 211-mile John Muir Trail, which winds through California's Sierras. He also plays an array of stringed instruments in several bands.

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The Priceonomics guys have a knack for getting to the heart of complicated topics and telling an interesting story along the way.
AJ Trivedi
Definitely inspiring as I have been in business for myself for over 10 years- I love to see how people like me find their success in such unconventional ways.
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What I really love about this book is that it doesn't have the "doom and gloom" feel of their first one (not that it wasn't still a great book).
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jon on December 16, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
another great book from the Priceonomics gang---they did a great job articulating a cultural and economic trend in this book that I think has heretofore been a little vague and illustrated only through a few well known examples of rock-star entrepreneurs. this book changes that by offering real stories of real people that we can all relate to. My favorite was the chapter on Yoga Joes, a successful Kickstarted project. It follows the adventure of Dan Abramson in his quest to get a quirky and fun product to market.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Hayden on December 16, 2014
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This book is Essential reading for anyone wanting to know how to take an avant-garde idea, a seemingly ridiculous novelty or a grandiose notion and turn it into something Huge. It also buries the idea that people with a "neat" or original concept or product can achieve overnight success with little or no toil. Herein lies some of the most heart wrenching, honorable and hilarious stories of some of the most tenacious people you've ever heard of in recent history.
Much like their first book, they really did some digging on this one and you may find yourself running late for work, missing your stop or burning the morning toast reading this. A fun and engrossing book and as usual, an excellent buy for people you just don't know what to get for all those obligatory gift-giving occasions. No BS :)
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Well if there's one book that is the epitome of stories that demonstrate this in every chapter, it is this book.
What I really love about this book is that it doesn't have the "doom and gloom" feel of their first one (not that it wasn't still a great book). But I also love how it is so easy to read. Every story is engaging, captures just the right facts and inspires.
I think the hipster business model movement is really going to take-off after this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 18, 2014
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As a self proclaimed DIY'er who also is a biz owner, this book hooked me from the beginning. I loved reading about how each person started their businesses, each one had many lol moments. I love the way it was written, extremely compelling and making you want to know more! Definitely inspiring as I have been in business for myself for over 10 years- I love to see how people like me find their success in such unconventional ways. Another great read from the Pricenomics crew!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AJ Trivedi on December 16, 2014
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The Priceonomics guys have a knack for getting to the heart of complicated topics and telling an interesting story along the way. Once again, they have done a phenomenal job capturing the zeitgeist of the indie business movement. Whether you are about to launch your own project on kickstarter with the goal of making it a blockbuster success, or are just interesting in how to start a unique business - you should read this book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By george duemm on December 16, 2014
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Beards, plaid shirts & thrift store pants. Hipster is the name given to the current counter culture generation born in the 1990's. This book is an engaging read exploring this generations foray into self employment. They grew up and engrossed themselves in the internet while their parents shopped at farmers markets. The many short stories in this book chronicle Hipsters as they go about creating their own business. These Hipsters are captivating, humorous and ingenious and because of this I found the book hard to put down. The gang at Priceonomics have done a great job at championing the creativeness of this generation. Highly Recommended!!!!!!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ilya Grigorik on February 7, 2015
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A collection of fun and educational entrepreneurship stories, ranging all the way from roaming around the country in a mini bus and doing odd jobs, to tinkering on a toy design that will go on to sell in the millions (and then some). The takeaway? Success and personal fulfillment can be found at scales, and you don't need to build a multi-million sales machine to be "successful".

One nitpick: I think the choice of "hipster" in the title is a misnomer. The book is entrepreneurship 101, but told through a collection of somewhat unconventional stories, which is exactly what makes it stand out. Great read.
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