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The CDnow Story: Rags to Riches on the Internet First Edition Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0966103267
ISBN-10: 0966103262
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Top Floor Publishing; First Edition edition (January 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966103262
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966103267
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,623,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jason and Matthew Olim, along with veteran Internet writer Peter Kent, have done a marvelous job of documenting the meteoric rise of the Internet's number one online music service. The CDNow Story takes the reader from the conceptualization stage, through the rocky startup, into the current stabilization and growth phase, and finishes with a look to the future. While this story chronicles a music-oriented business, parallels can be drawn to just about any business or industry.
The CDNow Story begins just five years ago with an idea that Jason Olim had about starting a music distribution business online. Joined by childhood and college friends, as well as his twin brother Matthew, this unlikely group gave birth to CDNow in the basement of their parents' home. Using a cobbled together collection of computers and networking hardware, they built the initial iteration of the CDNow system. Not only were they met with a challenge of putting together the hardware, but also the software that goes along with such an endeavor. This was years before your average computer store even had a shelf full of Internet books. Most of what they used as part of their system, was written by either one of the brothers, or one of the band of friends that followed the Olims. Add to the rest of the success is the supportive parents, often maxing out their credit cards to support the CDNow corporation.
Once the Olims had their prototype system up and functioning, the unanticipated growth presented very interesting problems. Moving from the basement to a less than suitable office, these two novice entrepreneurs continued to move forward, taking on a tremendously steep learning curve along the way.
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If you want to understand what's involved with starting an internet business from scratch, this book will provide a detailed look at how CDnow became successful, despite humble beginnings. The story of Jason and Matthew Olim's business, from concept to profitable operation, is fascinating, and instructive for entrepreneurs and corporate types alike. With the able guiding hand of Peter Kent (the journalist/author) this book is well-written and easy to read. I'd recommend it highly.
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I found the CDnow Story facinating. It told the story of how two young men followed a dream to develop a highly successful and innovative business with virtually nothing but their instinct and dedication. They were the true pioneers of online shopping, which spurred on many other online shopping enterprises. The Olim brothers had a fantastic intuition about the powers of the Internet, and created a business that many have attempted to follow.
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Every detail about this man is worth reading. It tells you that if you have the urge within you to do something you really can do it. It has definitely motivated me a lot. It is also very well written and makes you feel "I wish I was a part of the Amazon family"
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By A Customer on April 19, 2000
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I get the impression from this book is that the only the author has written before was his signature. While the story was very interesting it was quite poorly written.
Read High St@kes, No Prisoners by Charles Ferguson instead.
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