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Lessons from the Edge: Survival Skills for Starting and Growing a Company

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ISBN-13: 978-0195168259
ISBN-10: 0195168259
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"Successes inspire us, but we learn and grow from failure. Lessons From the Edge is a wonderful opportunity to walk in the shoes of entrepreneurs who learned from their mistakes so they could help us avoid them!"--Kathleen Allen, Entrepreneur, and Director, USC Technology Commercialization Alliance


"As an entrepreneur, at times I thought I was reading about myself. At other times, I learned something new and what not to do. And in the end it reinvigorates me about entrepreneurship the risks, rewards and ability to come back. A must read!"--Keith Alper, Founder & CEO, Creative Producers Group and Companies, and Past Intl President, YEO International


"No one said it would be easy. Matthews, Dennis, and Economy share the lessons learned through difficult experience so that other entrepreneurs can avoid disaster or survive it."--Rob Johnston, President, Leader to Leader Institute


"This book captures the spirit, vision, and tenacity of the entrepreneur. Lessons worth noting and using!"--Paul and Sarah Edwards, authors of the best-selling Working From Home


"Lessons from the Edge, told by real entrepreneurs who have faced disaster, provides powerful insights for navigating the edges and increasing the probability of success."--Mark P. Rice, Murata Dean, F. W. Olin Graduate School of Business, Babson College


About the Author


Jana Matthews, an international expert on company growth, founded Boulder Quantum Ventures to help CEOs, entrepreneurs, and their top teams unlock their growth potential. She frequently works with the Young Entrepreneurs Organization, Babson College, the Kauffman Center and the Edward Lowe Foundation. She is the co-author of Leading at the Speed of Growth, Building the Awesome Organization, and five other books. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.
Jeff Dennis is a life-long entrepreneur. As the co-founder of Flagship Capital Partners, he has been involved in start-ups, acquisitions and financings for a variety of businesses. His current entrepreneurial project is Secutor Capital Management Corporation. Through his association with YEO and the Kauffman Center, he has created a series of "Lessons from the Edge" seminars. He lives in Toronto.
Peter Economy is Associate Editor of Leader to Leader magazine and co-author of Leadership Ensemble: Lessons in Collaborative Management from the World's Only Conductorless Orchestra and the best-selling Managing For Dummies among others. He lives in La Jolla, California.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (September 4, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195168259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195168259
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1.2 x 6.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,786,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Having read many business books, Lessons from the Edge offers a different prospective for entrepreneurs. It is not so much a "how to" book but rather one that highlights the negative consequences of bad decisions. These are life lessons that can be learned from others rather than yourself. I've heard it said that good men learn from their own mistakes but great men learn from the mistakes of others. This is a perfect opportunity to do that kind of learning.
Each chapter is a fast read. At the end of each section, there is a summary of important lessons learned.
In running my own business, I found some that some chapters were too familiar from my own experience. This is a great book to help you stay away from the "Edge".
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Jana, Jeff and Peter have done an amazing job of compiling real business mistakes and difficulties into an easy to read, must have reference for the entrepreneur. I for one would much rather learn from the challenges of others before forcing myself to learn the hard way out of ignorance. This book provided over 40 opportunities to do just that. This book goes a long way in filling the gaps in my experience and I would suggest it to every would be and current entrepreneur
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I read this book about a year ago, right before I left a consulting position and decided to pursue my dream of running my own business. I read it a second time recently and learned even more the second time around. This book is clear, concise and very insightful when it comes to the various pitfalls of running an organization. Whether you want to learn about how to find the right employees, find the right partner or get the right type of financing, this is a great read.
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It was great to read the numerous and varied stories that real life entrepreneurs face on an ongoing basis. It is from these stories that the fabric of what it means to be an entrepreneur is woven - and for myself as the reader to be able to learn valuable lessons from the experiences of others. I now have the opportunity to take that value, apply it to my own business, personal and entrepreneurial life and realize a more rewarding and rich destiny - without going over the Edge!
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Jana Matthews and Jeff Dennis do a great job of writing a series of short vignettes about a number of key entrepreneurial themes. In addition to some riveting stories, they do a great job of synthesizing the lessons in short, digestible chunks. Unlike other books of entrepreneurs' stories, Jana and Jeff keep it short, sweet, and to the point, delivering a book that is simultaneously rich in content and easy to get through.
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"Lessons from the Edge" is one of the best business books I have ever read. Not only does the book contain poignant and true stories of how entrepreneurs overcame huge personal and business obstacles, it provides a summary business lesson after each story and section that enables the reader to draw their own lessons from the book. The prose is tight and a surprisingly quick read.
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Congratulations on a great compilation of real life stories. I have been waiting for the book since hearing about it several years ago. I know several of the entrepreneurs you have profiled and each page has some nugget of learning I can apply to my own business and life. This will be a great reference book and part of my library of "keepers". Thank you!
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