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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Black Bird Ventures (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983170428
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983170426
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #990,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Neil Senturia has re-invented himself several times in his relentless pursuit of entrepreneurial success. Currently he is the CEO of Blackbird Ventures, an investor in high-growth potential companies, and serves on several Boards of Directors. Neil s diverse endeavors range from writing sitcoms to technology, with a stint as a real estate developer in teh 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. An no bio is complete without noting that one of the six went broke. Neil has taught new venture creation 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. he is a member of the San Diego Venture Group and the MIT Enterprise Forum.

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Neil Senturia has re-invented himself several times in his relentless pursuit of entrepreneurial success. Currently he is the CEO of Blackbird Ventures, an investor in high growth potential companies. He also serves as the chairman of the board of directors of Valore, an online marketplace for the sale and rental of used textbooks.

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.

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Marvelous, very entertaining, a really fun and easy read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael McCafferty on March 27, 2011
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Real entrepreneurs will be too busy starting, building and selling their businesses. They don't have time to read books; they're fighting for survival, riches, and Global Domination.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Elliot Hicks on March 21, 2011
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Senturia's style is fast-paced, irreverent, and entertaining. A series of war stories from an eclectic career spanning screen-writing, commercial real-estate, boiler-room sales, and technology startups, the "guide" won't provide you with a how-to list to becoming an entrepreneur - but it will, subtly, provide some themes that are essential for making the most of whatever entrepreneurial talent you have. If you are an entrepreneur or are aspiring to be one, I'd recommend adding this book to your reading list.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cheese Shop La Jolla on March 16, 2011
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If you have ever had the feeling that you are operating out of your own Private Universe...this book will demonstrate clearly that YOU ARE NOT ALONE. An "Entrepreneur" is by definition NOT like everyone else. Neil is part of a group that is completely isolated, but this group actually shapes - even DETERMINES - the Reality we all have to deal with everyday. Neil - and ALL Entrepreneurs - are isolated and independent. Neil points out very accurately that it's impossible to "make" an Entrepreneur... One can only "describe" an Entrepreneur. There are Followers and there are Leaders...and then there are the Entrepreneurs. And Neil definitely is in the Entrepreneur Group. "'No' is just a speed bump on the way to 'Yes.'" (Rule # 231)...it is Good Advice to PAY ATTENTION when reading this book. Branch Rickey said: "Luck is the Residue of Design." Neil knows what he's doing. Listen up! Buy this book ...and DON'T loan it away! Buy one for your friend!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark L. on December 4, 2011
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I wanted to write a quick note to let you know that some of the things you wrote really hit home with me and are relevant to what I've currently got happening. Chapter 7, especially the analogy of playing tennis with yourself...wow that was an eye opener for me. I don't really consider myself an entrepreneur, but I tend to find myself drawn to start-up companies and the negotiating and deal making is something I struggle with. I've currently begun talks with the owner of a business I helped build to become an owner/ stakeholder and I'm wanting to become as knowledgeable as possible in corporate dealings before I get into it. This book really got some great points across. I especially appreciated the realness of the writing and how you share both the success and the failure. I'm looking forward to reading Volume II.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By WAS on April 18, 2011
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As a senior citizen today who had the pleasure of receiving in person Senturia's pitch for money some 20 plus years ago, it was a real pleasure to read his side of the deal. Both my son's as well as all of us "SELL" all the time. This book lays out some really obvious and simple rules we all need to remember. They can apply to business, home life, buying a paper, and betting on the golf course. I cannot wait for volume 2.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dataminer on March 26, 2011
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If you expect this to be just another "how to" business book, then you may be in for a good surprize. Whatever the original intention, this seems above all like a very entertaining, brutally honest, and at times hilarious life-story drawn from the rich experience and numerous trials and tribulations of Neil's entrepreneurial life. Sharing the failures and being proud of them as much as from all the successes, gives it the credibility that the reader needs to relate to a lot of the stories mentioned. And while you are having fun with it, you might also pick up a life or business lesson or two.
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Storywraps on March 21, 2011
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Title: I'm There For You Baby
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.
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Irrepressible. Cynical. Disrespectful. Insulting. Outrageous. Scandalous. Provocative. Anarchic. Irreverent. Frenetic. Absurd. Delightful. Uplifting. Insightful. Common-sensical. And that's just the first chapter!
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