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Walking Away From Wall Street: From Corporate Bull to Building a Business Kindle Edition

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About the Author

Max Vishnev is the founder of CityRover, a NY-based tour company.  He lives in Brooklyn, NY.  This book is the author's first foray into e-book publishing.

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  • File Size: 413 KB
  • Print Length: 164 pages
  • Publication Date: January 30, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0073VRVE2
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,099,562 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I am going to skip the third-person references, if you don't mind, since the bio below wasn't prepared by some clerk at a publishing house.

My name is Max Vishnev. I was born in Kiev, Ukraine, and grew up hearing the Soviet National Anthem every morning and wearing a uniform to school. I came to Brooklyn, NY, at the age of ten, with my family. My first American experience wasn't seeing the Statue of Liberty from New York's harbor like the millions of immigrants a century ago, but the loss of my talking parakeet, Gosha, at JFK International Airport (Gosha didn't have proper documentation and had to be surrendered to authorities).

During my early days in Brooklyn, I enjoyed chewing Wrigley's gum, learning English by watching Married With Children and Saved by the Bell sitcoms, and eating lots of bananas (a rarity back in Kiev). I viewed the weekly family activity of perusing the sidewalks of our neighborhood in search of decent discarded furniture as a sort of adventure.

A decade later, after college, I got a job at Morgan Stanley. I was ecstatic! I was on my way to fulfilling the American Dream. I wanted to work hard and climb the proverbial corporate ladder, and I tried my hand at that for six years. During my last three years at Morgan Stanley, I worked on a bond trading desk. This period proved very eventful and eye-opening, as I witnessed both the inflating and the subsequent bursting of the subprime housing bubble. It was around that time that I realized that I was on the wrong path and in the wrong industry. So I quit, climbed off the corporate ladder, and put on a backpack.

I backpacked around Europe then spent a semester living and studying in Barcelona. This five-month experience changed my life. I came back to New York a new man, with new a new perspective on life and new priorities. I wanted to start my own business, something travel related, because I enjoyed my time abroad so much, but also because I loathed the idea of returning to the corporate grind.

So I started a company called CityRover and began a new phase of my life. My first year as an entrepreneur was rough. I spent a lot of money, energy, and time on travel-related iPhone apps and email newsletters. Towards the end of that first year, I was close to calling it quits, but decided to roll the dice one more time. I pivoted to focus on walking tours.

A year later, CityRover walking tours ( is one of the highest-rated attractions in one of the most competitive tour marketplaces in the world -- New York City. I finally found my true calling and have never been happier.

I completed my book, Walking Away From Wall Street, around the second anniversary of my company's founding, because I wanted to share my experience with countless others who, like me in my past life, may be miserable in their corporate jobs and are looking towards entrepreneurship as a way out. I also wrote this for first-time entrepreneurs, who may be struggling like I was a year ago.

I live in the city I love, in the borough where I first tasted capitalism with a Daily News delivery route. I look forward to starting my day each morning and being in control of my own destiny.

Thanks for reading and here is to chance encounters on the streets of New York City.

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Great book! Very clever and funny. The writer was able to really get his points across and describe a lot of events in such great detail that I was able to see vivid images of these things happening. No one really knows what goes on behind the scenes and he really put it all out there. He listed out all the positives and the negatives, the successes and the failures, didn't try to sugarcoat anything and told it like it is. The book has a lot of great tips for starting out entrepreneurs.
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It seems that only yesterday Max was slaving away on Wall Street in a seemingly satisfying role while getting a paid-for MBA at the well-recognized NYU Stearn. It is hard to believe what a transformation he has been through in the past 2.5 years, how much his life has changed, how many insights he has gleaned from the world around him, how many struggles he went through in order to get to where he is today - happy, satisfied, curious, extremely knowledgeable and most importantly happy entrepreneur and owner of a start up in the competitive tour industry of New York.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book - it is rare that I pick up a book and cannot put it down, but it was definitely the case with 'Walking Away from Wall Street'. I related to some of Max's painful descriptions of life at Morgan Stanley, I laughed at the stories he told with such wit, I teared up at some of the challenges he had to face - it was a great read overall!

The best part, especially for someone who is ready to make the next step, is that Max doesn't simply tell his story of ups and downs, he gives RELEVANT examples of business challenges and how to solve them and shares SPECIFIC free or very affordable tools that will help you run your small business.

I highly recommend the book no matter what stage of your life or career you are in - it is a fun read and it definitely makes you stop and think about where you are in your life, what are your goals and what are you doing to get to where you want to be.

Happy reading!
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The corporate world may not be a place for everyone, but would you quit a top notch front office job making 6-digit salary, in pursuit of some unrealistic dream of becoming an entrepreneur? Here is a true story of a boy who immigrated from Ukraine 20+ years ago, went to a city college and landed a front office job at one of the top investment banks, a job most people would give their left n*t for. Realizing that in order to succeed in that business, one would need to have a relationship and eventually get married to the job, where days and nights are distinguished by the number of coffee cups in your garbage bin, and where a person's happiness is measured by the amount of money they racked in, regardless of whether it was made ethically, unethically, or plain fraudulently, this boy turned man decides to leave this life behind in pursuit of happiness.
From studying abroad and backpacking through Europe, to going through his life savings faster than Kim Kardashian's wedding, most would tuck their tail between their legs and admit defeat, but the author went from project to project, until he found his true calling. He now runs a top-rated Tour business in New York City.
I congratulate the author in all that he's been through and all that he's accomplished. It didn't sound like an easy task, but one that provided great material for a book that will sure inspire many people.
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I wasnt sure what to expect reading this e-book, but I was glad I bought the book. Max (the protagonist) goes through his childhood when he immigrated to US from Russia (an experience I can relate to 100%) and goes through the interesting little quirks between cultures and how immigrants see things as opposed to native-born Americans.

The best part of the book is his description of the increasing dissatisfaction with his corporate financial job at a major investment bank, an employer that is more like a machine that treats its employees as 'resources', rather than people. This is a familiar story to anyone who has ever worked for a large corporation and has been dreaming of doing something else but hasn't had the drive or courage to just leave.

Max describes his travels across Europe, and a sort of re-birth, a new look and take on life and our relationship to our work and our families and friends. THe book is not only inspiring, its very fun to read and I think it shatters the illusion that many people have, of not being able to switch jobs that they hate.

Another key gem in the book is Max's description of the early failures of starting his own travel business, and the key missteps he made before hitting success with a New York guided tour business. If you are thinking of starting a business or creating a smartphone app in hopes of profits, read this book!
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Max's story is one that I think we can all relate to in one way and another. Many of us have had the experience of being stuck in the daily grind of a job we don't really enjoy but feel afraid to leave behind to try something new. I was charmed by Max's story telling as he describes his childhood experiences of arriving in New York City as an immigrant, his climb up the corporate ladder on Wall Street, and later, his courageous departure from his job as he realized he was not being true to himself. Max's struggles and the circumstances that lead him to his decision to create his own business are truly inspirational. I appreciated the detailed accounts of his failures and successes and enjoyed the thrilling literary ride he took me on as he described how he started his first business, admitted defeat, learned from his mistakes, and gradually shaped a career for himself that is not only brilliantly successful but personally gratifying. While the storytelling is entertaining and fun, you'll also be pleased to find an absolute wealth of practical information of how to go about startling your own business that will put you miles ahead on the path of making a career change for yourself. Great book! Highly recommended.
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