Review: The Kinfolk Entrepreneur

What a surprise The Kinfolk Entrepreneur was. I discovered it in the Business—Startup section of my local Barnes & Noble. I thought it was a beautiful coffee table book that profiled entrepreneurs, and it is, but not of the traditional “startup” kind often associated with technology and Silicon Valley. It’s a beautiful book. And it profiles entrepreneurs. But they are entrepreneurs of a different sort: the creatives—i.e., the fashion designers,

2018-03-05T23:59:01+00:00 March 5th, 2018|Biography, Book Review, Business, Creativity, Entrepreneurship|Comments Off on Review: The Kinfolk Entrepreneur

Review: Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose

Zappos is known for delivering WOW service and having a great corporate culture. Customer-centricity is more prevalent (and easier to deliver) than employee-centricity so I was intrigued to learn more about Hsieh’s secret sauce. I’m a newbie to graphic novels but I admit, nothing delivers the goods or the guts more swiftly than a picture book. And that’s exactly what I wanted. There’s more than a few great sound bites

2018-01-01T17:30:20+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Book Review, Business, Culture, Entrepreneurship, Graphic Novel|Comments Off on Review: Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose

Review: Scaling Lean: Mastering the Key Metrics for Startup Growth

Like becoming a parent, there are no requirements or required education to becoming a startup founder. In both cases, the job starts with a “seed”—in the case of the startup, a good idea—that grows. Lack of preparedness leaves a lot of newbies in the lurch—how does one do the basics of baby raising or business building? I can’t speak to baby raising but I do a lot of business building

2017-11-26T13:15:15+00:00 November 26th, 2017|Book Review, Business, Entrepreneurship, Mathematics|Comments Off on Review: Scaling Lean: Mastering the Key Metrics for Startup Growth

Review: The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers

The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz My rating: 5 of 5 stars The Hard Thing About Hard Things is a pragmatic and entirely refreshing take on business and leadership. It's one of the most useful--if not the most useful--business books I've read in ages. Easy to read and straight-talking, Horowitz provides actionable, insightful advice backed with real stories

2017-07-08T19:26:04+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Business, Entrepreneurship, Leadership|Comments Off on Review: The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers

Review: Million Dollar Women

Million Dollar Women by Julia Pimsleur My rating: 4 of 5 stars I found this book exceptionally insightful and useful. At its core, Julia Pimsleur, shows budding female entrepreneurs who perceive themselves as "Creative Professionals" to develop into "Business Professionals" because that's what's required to build a $1M + business. Building a big business means attracting investors--friends and family, angels, and VCs. And attracting investors means financial savvy, polished pitches,

2017-07-08T18:53:59+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Business, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Nonfiction|Comments Off on Review: Million Dollar Women

Review: Good Is the New Cool: Market Like You Give a Damn

Good Is the New Cool: Market Like You Give a Damn by Afdhel Aziz My rating: 4 of 5 stars The authors, Afdhel Aziz and Bobby Jones, are a couple of soulful guys who have written a soulful book that makes a strong case for soulful corporations. And there's a good reason why: our nation's resources are heavily concentrated in the hands of corporations: TOTAL REVENUE BY STAKEHOLDER, U.S.: -

2017-07-08T18:48:13+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Business, Entrepreneurship, Marketing|Comments Off on Review: Good Is the New Cool: Market Like You Give a Damn

Review: Anything You Want

Anything You Want by Derek Sivers My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is a common sense guide to building a business from a really decent, unassuming, salt of the earth guy who built a really big business, CDBaby. He focuses on all the right stuff--customers over self, rewards over punishment, action over excuses, smiles over fancy MBA stuff. The wisdom in here is incredibly subtle but exists in spades.

2017-07-08T12:08:19+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Business, Entrepreneurship|Comments Off on Review: Anything You Want

Review: Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel My rating: 4 of 5 stars I had to get past my knee-jerk aversion to Peter Thiel’s chest-thumping style before I could truly appreciate the brilliance of Zero to One. I stuck it out though, and I’m glad I did. There’s a lot of bravadoes, but there’s also a lot of wisdom in his words—even

2017-07-08T11:42:56+00:00 July 8th, 2017|Book Review, Business, Entrepreneurship|Comments Off on Review: Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
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