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I'm There For You, Baby; The Entrepreneur s Guide to the Galaxy
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 16, 2011
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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
on March 21, 2011
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2011
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
on March 21, 2011
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2011
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
on April 18, 2011
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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on April 26, 2011
I'm There for you Baby - The Entrepreneur's Guide To The Galaxy is an easy, breezy book that imparts the REAL lessons entrepreneurs learn the hardway, except Neil Senturia saves you the time, energy and heartaches learning them yourself!

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!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 16, 2011
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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on June 2, 2011
I liked the book a lot. You can feel the attitude by just looking at the cover page, and the book itself is consistent with it. The author tells a story of how he got into entrepreneurship and what it is, in his opinion, with a lot of examples. What I like about it is that it all makes sense. There is no advice of how to get rich quickly, or any other bs of that sort. Neil just gives common sense rules on what to do and what not to do if you use your and other people's money to make more money for yourself and others. He gives examples from his personal experience, and they are very colorful and entertaining. Every example is a pretty complex mix of business details, emotions of people involved, and, of cause, attitude of the author. This is a book written by a person proud of his achievements, but also very thankful and respectful to people he worked and dealt with, his former employers, employees, mentors, and people he just admired.

Now, here is the catch. If you read Neil's book (which costs only 10-15 bucks, 230 pages), you will have to buy Dan Kahneman's book too (Neil refers to it many times), and it is at least $45, over 700 pages thick and is much harder to read. Well, if you already know who Dan Kahneman is and why did he get a Nobel price, than it is not such a big deal. And if you do not know that (like I did not know), just do a quick web search and judge for yourself if it is worth the money anyway.
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