I prefer personal stories so like the odd biography and Branson’s journey is an inspiring one as he is such a maverick. His latest Business Stripped Bare is worth a punt, his quote on the reverse of the book got me hooked ‘The brave may not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all’ Go Richard…..
I can only recall 2 business books I have read from cover to cover – The E-Myth by Michael E Gerber and The Long Tail by Chris Anderson. Both of them are now covered in highlighter pen strips and pen marks as I agreed with so much of their wisdom.
I would recommend both to any entrepreneurs out there, the E Myth ensures you do not fall into the trap of simply creating a job as opposed to a business and the Long Tail helped me understand the internet as a market.
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Got a great idea to start a business? So now what? “E-Myth Enterprise” explores the requirements that any new business must meet: the satisfaction of its four primary influencers – its employees, customers, suppliers, and investors-through four fundamental categories-visual, emotional, functional, and financial. Together these form the twin strategies every entrepreneur must use to design a business. The latest book in the Gerber franchise, “E-Myth Enterprise” completes a training program any entrepreneur can use to fulfill his or her dream, and serves as a follow-up to “Awakening the Entrepreneur Within”, showing would-be entrepreneurs how to put a great idea to work. Next, readers can turn to “E-Myth Revisited” for tried-and-true advice about avoiding the pitfalls that prevent most small business owners from succeeding. Following this, “The E-Myth Manager” provides essential guidance for the management of any business. Finally, for advice on how to take an existing business to the next level of growth and opportunity, readers can turn to “E-Myth Mastery”.
What happens when there is almost unlimited choice? When everything becomes available to everyone? And when the combined value of the millions of items that only sell in small quantities equals or even exceeds the value of a handful of best-sellers?
In this ground-breaking book, Chris Anderson shows that the future of business does not lie in hits – the high-volume end of a traditional demand curve – but in what used to be regarded as misses – the endlessly long tail of that same curve. As our world is transformed by the Internet and the near infinite choice it offers consumers, so traditional business models are being overturned and new truths revealed about what consumers want and how they want to get it.
Chris Anderson first explored the Long Tail in an article in Wired magazine that has become one of the most influential business essays of our time. Now, in this eagerly anticipated book, he takes a closer look at the new economics of the Internet age, showing where business is going and exploring the huge opportunities that exist: for new producers, new e-tailers, and new tastemakers. He demonstrates how long tail economics apply to industries ranging from the toy business to advertising to kitchen appliances. He sets down the rules for operating in a long tail economy. And he provides a glimpse of a future that’s already here.
In Business Stripped Bare, Sir Richard Branson shares the inside track on his life in business and reveals the incredible truth about his most risky, brilliant and audacious deals. Discover why Virgin tried to take on one of the world’s biggest superbrands, how Virgin Mobile USA holds the record as the fastest company in history to generate revenues of over one billion dollars (faster than Microsoft, Google and Amazon) and how Richard is the only person in the world to have built eight billion-dollar companies from scratch in eight different sectors.
Combining invaluable advice with the remarkable and candid inside stories of Virgin’s greatest achievements, as well as some of its setbacks, Business Stripped Bare is a dynamic, inspirational and truly original guide to success in business and in life. Whether you are an executive, an entrepreneur or are just starting out, Richard strips business down to show how you can succeed and make a difference.