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Do You Have What It Takes to Be an Entrepreneur? Hardcover – July 1, 2010


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  • Hardcover: 402 pages
  • Publisher: Startup Professionals, Inc. (July 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984051503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984051502
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 8.9 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,076,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marty Zwilling's passion is nurturing the development of entrepreneurs by providing first-hand mentoring, funding assistance, and business plan development. He is the Founder and CEO of Startup Professionals, a company that provides products and services to startup founders and small business owners.

He writes a daily blog for entrepreneurs, and dispenses advice on the subject of startups to a large online audience of over 550,000 Twitter followers. He is also a regular contributor to Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Business Insider, and the Huffington Post. He recently released his first book titled "Do You Have What It Takes To Be An Entrepreneur?"

He has a 30-year track record of demonstrated results as an executive in general management, computer software development, product management, and marketing, as well as in leading technical business transformations, conducting due diligence for investors, mentoring new technical executives, and overseeing business development, customer service, and outsourcing both onshore and offshore.

Marty began his career with IBM, holding an array of positions including executive roles in software development and professional services. Prior to launching on his professional path, Marty's education included the attainment of Bachelor of Science Degrees in Accounting and Computer Science from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.

A resident of Fountain Hills, Arizona, Marty is a Board Member at Callaman Ventures, on the startup selection committee of the Arizona Angels Venture Group Inc., an advisor to the Arizona State University Technopolis program, Executive in Residence at the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and member of the Advisory Boards for several startups in the area.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JOAN KOERBER-WALKER on September 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book was not around in 2002 when I made my own leap from the Fortune 500 to the land of the entrepreneur. I wish it had been. Back then I had all the big business experience, a relatively fresh MBA, and lots of ideas. What I did not have was ANY experience as an entrepreneur. What you need to know is not taught in your average class room or in a Fortune 500 board room. Lucky for me, a number of experienced entrepreneurs took pity on me and gave me some tips so that I did not blunder too badly, but as an avid reader, this book would have been REALLY helpful. Actually it still is. Even 8 years later, I still have lots to learn.

Building the Bridge

If you had the time to hunt through literally hundreds of martin Zwilling's blogs, you could find this information, but as entrepreneurs who can spare the time. That is the great part about this book. From the forward by best selling author Sharon Lechter (co-author of Think and Grow Rich, Three Feet from Gold, and Rich Dad Poor Dad) through sections ranging from "Why Entrepreneurs are Special" to "How Social Media Is Changing the Landscape" all of the information is in well organized, easily actionable, easy to read form. When my college freshman son told me he wants to study entrepreneurship, I handed him my copy of Do You have What It Takes to Be and Entrepreneur and told him to read it. You could say this book is kid tested and Mom approved.

So if you are an entrepreneur, or considering making the leap, check out this book. You'll be glad you did.
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Format: Hardcover
A successful entrepreneur does not a successful CEO make.

Too often entrepreneurs are terrific out of the gate but then when they need to get results through other people or impress Series A and beyond investors, being a wunderkind doesn't sell that well.

Zwilling's book is one of the best of its kind to help entrepreneurs succeed as both entrepreneurs and make the successful transition to early stage and beyond.

The challenge is of course to get type A entrepreneurs to stop and smell the wisdom in a book like this. it will save any entrepreneurs a lot of painful hindsights.
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Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent, comprehensive guide to help you figure out if you have what it takes to make entrepreneurship a satisfying part of your life. Covers all aspects of being an entrepreneur, along with providing a great reality check for you and can also be your 24/7 mentor to help keep you motivated along your entrepreneur journey. Thanks Marty for writing and signing a great book! PS - He knew Bill Gates when he was a regular guy.
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By mhmhammer on September 29, 2011
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The book offers the reader a great insight in the thoughts and natural behaviour of enterprising people (e.g. entrepreneurs). The structuer is ery easy to read, allthough the book looks difficult to read. The index is a great help to navigate throuth the hudge number of aspacts, importent for entrepreneurship. It is put in a logic way so you will easely find what you are looking for. Due to the compact writing style, it i easy to learn the basics of entrepreneurship.
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