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Product Details

  • Paperback: 78 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (November 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439210101
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439210109
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 80 pages of entertaining reading, Bo gets down to the essence of entrepreneurial success in a direct and candid manner. I've been involved in venture capital for over 15 years and worked with hundreds of teams and think Bo has hit the nail on the head.

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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This is one of the best business books I've ever read. It conveys highly insightful, meaningful ideas in a remarkably concise and common-sense way. No droaning on with complex business models or contrived new management theories. Peabody simply shares his views of what makes a successful entrepreneur and manager, and the importance of understanding the value of diverse personalities and skill sets. The ideas it contains are motivating, entertaining and invaluable. I've purchased several copies for colleagues. I highly recommend it.

Customer Reviews

This is a short and easy read.
Parent 48905
A very good read though for anyone interested/working in business, not just entrepreneurs!
Anna Louise Agerup
This book will either correct your fantasy or help you on your way.
Lucky Larson

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By railmeat on April 11, 2010
Format: Paperback
Bo Peabody is a successful entrepreneur, in this short engaging book he describes some of his experiences and tells us what he has learned. He answers the perennial question of whether or not he was lucky or smart by saying he is smart enough to know that he was getting lucky.

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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lucky Larson on January 19, 2009
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I saw there was only one review and had to add my two cents. I actually listened to the CD version and didn't have high expectations from a 2-CD publication. I was very impressed though with the no-fluff info and examples that Bo Peabody gives. He outlines a few important priciples and pitfalls that visionaries need to know before starting a business. He doesn't get caught up in ego and personal accomplishment like some of the big names in the business community. I read or listen to about 50 books a year, mostly on business and personal improvement. I think this book is an absolute must-read for anybody that thinks they are (or wants to be) an entrepreneur. This book will either correct your fantasy or help you on your way.
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Bo Peabody is a lucky guy indeed. He founded Tripod and sold it to Lycos in 1997 for $58 million in stock, even though his company never made a profit. He was restricted from selling his stock for two years, during which the value increased tenfold. After the lockup period expired, he sold his stock at the peak of irrational exuberance.

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?
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By Parent 48905 on January 22, 2014
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This is a short and easy read. Great insight into some of the skills that come in handy as an entrepreneur - and how luck is sometimes just as important.

Wonderful anecdote about applying to and getting in to college.
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By Brad Kingsley on January 17, 2014
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This was not one of my favorite business books but was interesting enough to at least read the whole thing.
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By Rogelio Ramirez Garcia on January 9, 2014
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Really good book that helps you understand why you need A people to run your start up, It makes you think about what to expect and how to manage the startup phase
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By FM on January 2, 2014
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I've found in the book very realistic depiction of life of startuper in mid-90s but nothing else. Living for 10 000 dollars a year, struggle for developers retention and in search of advertisers. Not very helpful for creating new startup strategy, not enough lessons.
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By W. Johnson on December 31, 2013
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Great book for potential entrepreneurs. Mixes stories of luck, work and very self-effacing book about the trials and success of running a business. Not a self-help/management book for entrepreneurs, which is a good thing.
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