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Lucky Or Smart?: Fifty Pages for the First-Time Entrepreneur Paperback – November 11, 2008
Based on seven years of reporting from over a dozen countries, writer Tom Wainwright takes you on an extraordinary journey into the business of being a drug lord. Learn more.
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Bo's insights as both and company founder and now a venture capitalist are right on the money and will resonate with those born with the entrepreneur gene everywhere. It's not a how-to manual but it will focus your thinking on what you need to do to improve your chances for entreprenurial success in your current or next business venture.
Successful entrepreneurs and their venture capital investors will find themselves nodding in agreement on almost every page. If you don't find yourself doing the same when you read it, give a copy to a successful entrepreneur or venture capitalist that you know and trust, then ask their opinion.
An essential read for every entrepreneur. --Paul McManus (Boston, MA USA)
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Bo describes himself as a B-student who surrounded himself with A-students. His original idea for Tripod was a nonstarter, but his staff developed a homepage builder which quickly gained traction - eventually 1 million registered members.
"Start a company that is fundamentally innovative, morally compelling, and philosophically positive. Create an aura of authenticity around your start-up by carefully crafting your mission and communicating it with charisma and passion. Your company will attract smart, inspired people who will work very hard... Provide them with a clear action plan and give them the latitude to exercise their creativity."
In a down-to-earth style, Bo says: Don't believe your own press. Learn to love the word no. Always be gracious. And know what you don't know.
Think of this as an autobiography with insights into life in a start-up, rather than a repeatable formula - the chances of selling your unprofitable venture for $58 million are between slim and none.
I like that this book is short. He says what he has to say in 50 pages without padding it to fill a quota, like so many 200-page books out there. The book gets four stars. What could be more appropriate for a B-student?
The book makes no pretense of being a scholarly work, there are no citations, there is not even and index. This is explicitly the authors experience and opinions. None of his advise was surprising. All of it was clearly and well explained; usually with an entertaining anecdote.
This short book is definitely worth reading for any would be entrepreneur, but is also worthwhile to anyone contemplating working at a start up. In fact it is an interesting read for most anyone.
Wonderful anecdote about applying to and getting in to college.
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Great psychological advise of how to think, not what to think, being an entrepreneur. Basic, but fundamentely essential guidelines in organizing success around you.Published 5 months ago by Karlis Treijs
Quick, concise, entertaining read with some take away practical advice.Published 6 months ago by April Scotece
Good practical tips from one entrepreneur's perspective. Small chapters with just enough info. But, it's obviously biased by his experience and the advice should be taken with a... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Verdi
Although I've heard a lot of people acknowledge the importance of luck, Peabody does the best, compact job of framing luck as an active strategy. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Reid Wegner
One of the most enjoyable books I have read on entrepreneurship. Quick, easy read, yet powerful in impact for true entrepreneurs!Published 16 months ago by Malcolm
Definitely worth reading. It's short and precise with very useful guidelinesPublished 17 months ago by critic