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I'm There For You, Baby; The Entrepreneur s Guide to the Galaxy Hardcover – April 1, 2011
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More About the Author
Neil's diverse endeavors range from writing sitcoms to technology, with a stint as a real estate developer in the middle. He has been CEO of six technology companies, three in software, one in material science, one in media and most recently clean tech.
His companies have been sold to Cisco, Kofax and Lockheed Martin. And no bio is complete without noting that one of the six went broke.
Neil has taught new venture creation as an adjunct professor in the MBA program at San Diego State University and has served on the board of directors of SDSU's Entrepreneurial Management Center. Currently he teaches entrepreneurship at UC San Diego's Jacobs School of Engineering von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurism and Technology Advancement (http://www.vonliebig.ucsd.edu). He is a member of the San Diego Venture Group (http:/www.sdvg.org) and the MIT Enterprise Forum.
His numerous honors include winning the Microsoft Retail Application Developer Award twice, the Arnie Karush award from the San Diego Software Industry Council, CONNECT's Most Innovative New Product Award in software, and CONNECT's Lifetime Contribution Award in Technology.
Neil graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. degree in English and received a masters' degree in cinema from New York University. He was a Fellow at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles and served in the U.S. Army from which he received an honorable discharge.
He is married to Barbara Bry, and their blended family includes four children between the ages of 25 and 29, and Momo, a Himalayan cat.
Top Customer Reviews
It's unfortunate for them because they could earn the equivalent of a Doctorate degree from the School of Hard Knocks in just a few hours of reading this extraordinarily well written and entertaining story of the adventures of a highly successful serial entrepreneur.
I couldn't put it down. Loved it. Highly recommend it for all future Masters of The Universe.
Some of the best quotes in the book can be found not just in the "rules" themselves but also in any other line: "...much of life is random. And to a large extent, we are influenced not by quantum physics, but by random movement of the molecules of luck." So, make sure not to skip or skim any pages, or else you might just miss out on a bunch of wisdom.
The Entrepreneur's Guide To the Galaxy (volume 1)
Author: Neil Senturia
This book is written in a sassy, tongue-in-cheek style with an honest undertone of how hard and isolating it is to be an entrepreneur. Neil explains that entrepreneurs are a unique breed - you cannot make yourself into one - you are born one. Senturia guides us through his rollercoaster mishaps and successes as he wheels and deals his way through life. His goal is to inform you of his adventures allowing you to apply that knowledge to your own experiences. His conclusion? "The entrepreneur is never done. " He/she is always looking forward to the next challenge...it is in the genes baby. The book is filled with humor and insight that takes what could be a dry, monotonous subject and makes it into an entertaining read.
I really enjoyed reading this book and I will tell you why!
Neil Senturia addresses some unusual topics of advice for the entrepreneur, all very practical.
Like, "Return all Email and Phone Calls - at least 90% of them that are reasonable". When you spend time as an entrepreneur in any field, you will start realizing that the whole world is just one small place. Someone who is your customer today may turn out to be your supplier tomorrow or you may have some dealings with them in another context. There is nothing that poisons relationships like arrogance and they will be waiting for you on your way down if you ignore them on your way up!
What is very valuable about this book is that all advice is presented in the form of discrete rules with numbers, somewhat grouped together but always making sense and practical!
Neil has had many adventures as an entrepreneur and he uses all of the lessons he learned to impart points of view seldom found in other Business advice books.
The only thing I found a bit distracting about this book is Neil's forays into many, many entrepreneurial activities. If you are looking for focused advice on how to be a real estate entrepreneur or a software company entrepreneur or some other industry entrepreneur, this book is not for you. If you are all of them, a resounding Yes!
Highly recommend it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Funny, well-written, extremely useful information if you are in business, or just life.Published 14 months ago by spiraltime
Ok, I admit it's more about triumphs than failures, but I can't help but feel his pain and anger which Neil used very colorful language to describe. Read morePublished 20 months ago by fareastman
If you have any interest in real estate and enjoy the interpersonal nature of dealmaking this book will is for you. Read morePublished on January 9, 2014 by aline izmirlian
I loved this book! Great stories to inspire any entrepreneur/wannabe - and plenty of humor mixed in, too! I found it to be a quick read and would recommend it, without hesitation.Published on May 20, 2013 by Mike G
Neil was the funniest guy in our high school class. At an early HS reunion, he said he had felt compelled to go to Hollywood, and reach for the brass ring till age 30. Read morePublished on May 4, 2013 by Jockular
An excellent set of stories by an excellent story teller. Neil conveys the thrill of the deal with a lighthearted and raucous style that makes reading this book feel like you are... Read morePublished on May 1, 2013 by Dr. Bradley Messmer
Great sense of humor, writing style and his advice is so true! Many times would stop and re-read a section out loud laughing at how true...Published on April 30, 2013 by MW
I loved this book! It's one of the first I've read that conveys how an entrepreneur thinks in a way that is useful and fun to read. Mr. Read morePublished on February 27, 2013 by Cityboy