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Brilliant, Crazy, Cocky: How the Top 1% of Entrepreneurs Profit from Global Chaos by [Lacy, Sarah]
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gripping a fabulous paean to hard-core entrepreneurial spirit original, penetrating and brilliantly entertaining. (Telegraph.co.uk, February 2011).

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There are many paths to entrepreneurial success, but none of them are easy. Each requires a compelling and intoxicating combination of guts, hard work, talent, timing, and luck. In a world where new superpowers are emerging from the chaos, colonialism, and confusion of the twentieth century, those stakes have been raised and the potential to create new billion-dollar powerhouses has been multiplied. Massive resources are coupled with unprecedented levels of risk, making the journey towards building truly innovative new businesses more unpredictable than ever.

Sarah Lacy is an international journalist with more than a decade of experience covering the ups and downs of global innovation. In Brilliant, Crazy, Cocky, she spends more than forty weeks in eleven countries to bring a bold perspective on what can make or break new high-growth businesses in developing countries.

From Rwanda to Brazil, from Israel to India, Lacy travels from exploding megacities to sprawling slums, meeting the daring and inspiring entrepreneurs who are turning local chaos and basic human needs into often-staggering profits. Through her eye-opening reporting, she tells the true story of opportunity in this globalized world, and it goes well beyond call centers and outsourcing.

Brilliant, Crazy, Cocky delivers dramatic narratives from the front lines of countries stirred by turmoil and teeming with billions of people who have nothing to lose and everything to gain by embracing global investment and technology.

In doing so, it shines a spotlight on the slowing growth of business in America. In forty years, the United States will be the only current G7 nation that will remain one of the seven largest economies in the world. Only by studying the rising entrepreneurial stars of our future economic neighbors can we learn how to compete and thrive within this new world order.


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  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (January 6, 2011)
  • Publication Date: January 6, 2011
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004IPPIKK
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Author, Sarah Lacy, is inspired by "truly great entrepreneurs" so much, she seeks them out in all corners of the globe. For this book, she travelled to eleven different countries in about 40 weeks. Interviewing entrepreneurs, investors, policy makers and everyday locals. She provides us with a deep insight into how a handful of creative risk-takers have seized opportunities to not only enrich their own lives, but to also do good for their country, especially in places like Rwanda, that was ravaged by a brutal genocide 16 years ago.

The book primarily focuses on five emerging markets: China, India, Israel, Rwanda and Brazil. Each has it's own set of strengths and weaknesses. India has it's "invisible infrastructure" including mobile telephony and it's service economy. Israelis "make great entrepreneurs" who live like there is no tomorrow.

While China is a notoriously difficult country to do business in, it's emerging as the leading world powerhouse. Things move faster in China and millions of people have been moved out of poverty in the last decade. It's communism that has embraced capitalism.

A lot of this information isn't news to most people who follow technology, world economics, and venture capital. It's the personal touch that Lacy brings to the table. It's the inspiring personalities, like Marco Gomes in Brazil, brought up in a poor farming community to becoming a successful internet advertising entrepreneur. And, in a recent interview, Lacy says that her dream coffee date would be Pony Ma, CEO of Tencent, a Chinese company that is now the third largest internet company in the world.
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The sections on the US, Israel and China are simply outstanding. This is because these countries obviously have a large and legitimate tech presence on top of taking risks.

On India, Sarah Lacy is spot on in making observations on the futility of the infrastructure, slums and sleepiness of southern India. These sobering facts and the lack of any legitimate hits on the tech scene make it a laborious read.

If the chapters on India are laborious, the remaining chapters on Brazil, Indonesia and Rwanda are downright boring and incorrigible. Once again due to lack of legitimate tech stories Ms.Lacy grazes on several non-tech industries. These stories seem out of place and the author is probably not the best person to be making such observations.

But all said, read it for the chapters on Israel and China.
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I'm new to the startup scene. I've read a couple of books by American tech + startup identities, but don't really know much beyond 'Y Combinator is cool.' Many of my peers have been talking about new markets - specifically Berlin - and I felt like I was so far behind as I rarely leave the country.

I loved it. This book was so helpful and made me realize how the entrepreneurial scene in each country differs. It showed me the importance of thinking differently, and it will help immensely when I visit nearby countries such as Indonesia.

It made me feel passionate about entrepreneurship as some of these countries have endured so much sadness, poverty and horror, yet people are finding opportuntities in them. It sorta makes you step back and think about how your entrepreneurial efforts can affect social change.

Some have criticized the book for talking about markets that are really fragile and new, but that is part of what I loved about it.

This has been one of the best books I've read in the past year. I really enjoyed it.
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I read this book twice. If you love entrepreneur stories and adventures, and if you love emerging markets, this is a great book. Quick and easy. Lots of inspiration.

Main complaint is poor copy-editing. (The expression is "vale of tears", not "veil of tears.")
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Brilliant Crazy Cocky is an awesome book, I really loved it, and I am not saying this just because I'm in it (and I am in it). But the histories of the other guys and Sara Lacy's analysis after them are really impressive, grabbing your attention from the first to the last page :) Buy it now!
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I enjoyed this well-written review of the masters of the world's new technology hubs by journalist and TechCrunch editor Sarah Lacy. Sponsored by a grant by the Kaufman Foundation, Lacy's book is founded on good ol' fashioned shoe leather. She logged a lot of miles to the obvious places - Israel, India, China - and the not-so-obvious - Rwanda and Indonesia. I like that she never seemed jaded or blase about her journeys. Her enthusiasm in the concluding chapters (covering the not-so-obvious) is just as palpable as it is at the book's outset.

The book could serve as a wake-up call for the US. Lacy presciently quotes Gary Pisano of Harvard Business School: "The prevailing view of the past 25 years has been that the U.S. can thrive as a center of innovation and leave the manufacturing of products it invents and designs to others. Nothing could be further than the truth." Lacy then adds that "[b]y not making things anymore, the United States is losing touch with how to invent."

Stepping up to fill the void? The 'brilliant, crazy, and cocky' that fill these pages.
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