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Transformative Entrepreneurs: How Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, Muhammad Yunus, and Other Innovators Succeeded Hardcover – January 17, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0230340268 ISBN-10: 0230340261

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (January 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230340261
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230340268
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,103,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If you have any interest at all about how great companies are envisioned, launched, and developed, this book is an extraordinary chronicle of how some determined individuals have produced superb results and created millions of jobs for the American economy. The story of each of the incredible entrepreneurs portrayed in the book is as dramatic as the history of America" - William H. Draper, III, author of The Startup Game

"Ideas are cheap, execution is dear. Jeff Harris' book deals with the execution side of innovation and shows us that innovation is found in all kinds of settings - from public TV children's shows to the iPhone in your pocket. Drawing from his 28-year career of funding innovation, Jeff's book is not theory but real practice. It is an appreciation of those who innovate - and it arrives just in time for an economy crying out to understand innovation and its job-creating effects." - Felda Hardymon, General Partner, Bessemer Venture Partners, MBA Class of 1975 Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School, & Recipient of the NVCA Lifetime Achievement Award, 2009

"What's common to the Cirque du Soleil and Playboy, CNN and Starbucks, Federal Express and the Grameen bank? An idea, yes, but then fulfillment in elaboration and execution. Jeff Harris' book is valuable because its case-by-case studies illustrate how some acorns grow into oaks. Daily discourse is filled with enough hot air about innovation to float a balloon for every man, woman, and child. Transformative Entrepreneurs is different. It is grounded and it is lucid and entirely comprehensible, honed as it is by a teacher who excites enthusiasm in his courses at Columbia Business School." - Sir Harold Evans, author of They Made America, From the Steam Engine to the Search Engine, Two Centuries of Innovators

"Jeffrey Harris provides us a magisterial tour of the entrepreneur's difficult journey. Drawing from decades of investing and observation, he illuminates the many dimensions in which a successful venture must operate. What makes this book especially helpful is the way in which it examines the experiences of well-known people and companies. Jeffrey portrays a sharp distinction between an entrepreneur and innovator, the latter has an interesting idea, but the former implements that idea through leadership, marshaling scarce resources, persuasive selling and efficient operations. He has put his finger on the key differences between the winners and losers in the entrepreneurial world." - Paul Ricci Chairman and CEO of Nuance Communications

"Transformative Entrepreneurs puts in perspective just how rare a successful entrepreneur is and how high the hurdles are to attaining the status of a 'transformative entrepreneur.' At the same time, the book shows that entrepreneurs know no geographic, ethnic, age, or sexual boundaries, so stake a claim and be a part of the entrepreneurial world!" - Mark Heesen, President, National Venture Capital Association

About the Author

 
Jeffrey Harris spent nearly thirty years in the venture capital and private equity business at Warburg Pincus, in New York City where he financed numerous new ventures and worked alongside entrepreneurs in many countries around the world to help them build their businesses in the information technology, telecommunications, energy, industrial, and retailing industries. He is past chairman of the National Venture Capital Association and has served on numerous private and public company boards of directors in the U.S. and Europe. He is active as a trustee at several leading healthcare and educational organizations, and is an Adjunct Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business where he teaches courses on venture capital and innovation.

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Jeffrey Harris began his venture capital career in 1983 at the then young firm of Warburg Pincus. He spent nearly thirty years there focused primarily on investing in information and communication technology companies, and throughout the energy industry working alongside entrepreneurial management teams striving to grow their companies. He has played a lead role in the financing of over thirty such companies in the U.S., Canada, and throughout Europe. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of over a dozen publicly-listed companies in the U.S. and Europe, and additionally over twenty different private companies. Recently, he started his own firm, Global Reserve Group LLC, which works with and invests in select companies across his areas of expertise.

He has a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He is past Chairman of the National Venture Capital Association and is currently an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Business where he teaches courses on innovation and entrepreneurship. In addition, he serves as a trustee of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and the Cranbrook Educational Community in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Clifton on July 13, 2012
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Harris does a great job of showcasing the historical relevance of entrepreneurs from multiple generations and backgrounds. His insight shows how some well known entrepreneurs succeed with few resources, while others needed a large trust fund to support their vision.

This is a must read for historically minded business people, as well as someone seeking inspiration for starting their own business. I cannot speak highly enough about this book.
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By Michael E Vitak on December 12, 2013
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I had the pleasure of reading Harris's book this past month for an entrepreneurship class at Virginia Tech. I initially was not looking forward to more work as I approached finals, but this book was FANTASTIC. I read it cover to cover in one evening simply because it was that good. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to go into business, or who has a passion for learning more about US History. Thank you Jeffery Harris for a fantastic book that is in itself transformative.
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Jeffrey Harris earned his knowledge of entrepreneurs the hard way, in the trenches as a winning venture capitalist whose experience spans the IT and Energy sectors. He knows how to evaluate managerial leadership and how rare it is for the wannabes to succeed in building great companies from the ground up. This magisterial account of an extraordinarily diverse set of extraordinarily successful founder/operators is a tour de force. It is required reading for all who want to understand the central dynamic of business evolution and economic growth.
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