Since its initial publication, The Business of Venture Capital has been hailed as the definitive, most comprehensive book on the subject. Now in its third edition, this market-leading guide explains the multiple facets of the business of venture capital, from raising venture funds, to structuring investments, to generating consistent returns, to evaluating exit strategies.
This fully-updated edition includes fresh perspectives on the Softbank effect, career paths for young professionals, case studies and cultural disasters, investment models, epic failures, and more. Listeners are guided through each stage of the VC process, supported by a companion website containing tools such as the LP-GP Fund Due Diligence Checklist, the Investment Due Diligence Checklist, an Investment Summary format, and links to white papers and other industry guidelines. Designed for experienced practitioners, angels, devils, and novices alike, this valuable resource: identifies the key attributes of a VC professional and the arc of an investor's career; covers the art of raising a venture fund, identifying anchor investors, fund due diligence, negotiating fund investment terms with limited partners, and more; examines the distinct aspects of portfolio construction and value creation; and balances technical analyses and real-world insights.
Six ways to create new value for customers
Uber and Lyft took over the streets in San Francisco, providing a seamless and frictionless experience to get around. Few yellow taxis are left to serve tourists. Amazon shifted its business model from selling books to delivering convenience 24/7 at attractive prices. Driven by the viewing behaviors of their users, Netflix shifted from renting and shipping DVDs to producing original content like Narcos.
All of these changes are business model shifts. A shift is a deliberate and systematic move toward more relevance and value for customers. Business Model Shifts is a collection of stories about value creation, sharing inspiration and insights from more than 100 leading business models. The collection of stories is organized in six ways to create new value for customers: the Services Shift, the Stakeholder Shift, the Digital Shift, the Platform Shift, the Exponential Shift, and the Circular Shift.
This book triggers you to think and act strategically, shows what you can learn from business models inside and outside your industry, and urges you to apply those learnings to make your own shift.
What if there were a way to turn occasional, sporadic transactions with customers into long-term, continuous relationships - while simultaneously driving dramatic improvements in operational efficiency? What if you could break your existing trade-offs between superior customer experience and low cost?
This is the promise of a connected strategy. New forms of connectivity - involving frequent, low-friction, customized interactions - mean that companies can now anticipate customer needs as they arise or even before. Simultaneously, enabled by these technologies, companies can create new business models that deliver more value to customers. Connected strategies are win-win: Customers get a dramatically improved experience, while companies boost operational efficiency.
In this book, Nicolaj Siggelkow and Christian Terwiesch reveal the emergence of connected strategies as a new source of competitive advantage. With in-depth examples from companies operating in various industries, Connected Strategy identifies the four pathways - respond-to-desire, curated offering, coach behavior, and automatic execution - for turning episodic interactions into continuous relationships. The authors show how each pathway creates a competitive advantage, then guide you through the critical decisions for creating and implementing your own connected strategies.
A year's worth of management wisdom, all in one place.
We've combed through the ideas, insights, and best practices from the past year of Harvard Business Review to help you get up to speed fast on the relevant concepts driving business today. Discover new ideas and sample the latest thinking of our vast array of management experts. Revisit these topics now to make sure your organization is incorporating the best, most up-to-date practices, or keep this book as a reference so you can turn to these memorable pieces when you need them the most.
The collection includes articles on leadership, strategy, and innovation, as well as articles that will help you manage yourself and others.
Are you making it difficult for your potential customers to buy from you?
Today's buyers are overloaded - overwhelmed by too much information and suffering from decision fatigue. Across industries, customers are delaying purchasing decisions or even choosing to stick with the status quo so they can avoid the dreaded "sales process".
In response, many sales professionals are overcompensating with behaviors that are either too accommodating or that create high pressure - and alienating potential buyers in the process.
How can you reconcile your need to meet sales targets with the customer's desire for a heartfelt, authentic sales approach?
Author Shari Levitin, creator of the Third-Level Selling system, offers a dynamic framework for effective selling in the Digital Age. Unlike other sales books that focus on abstract tips or techniques, Heart and Sell offers a science based real-world approach that will help you dramatically increase your sales - regardless of your level or industry.
You know you can do more with your career. And the future is going to demand more of you. The problem is, you are so busy keeping up with the day-to-day that you can't prepare for tomorrow. Stretch: How to Future-Proof Yourself for Tomorrow's Workplace gives you the confidence and knowledge you need to achieve your goals in an ever-changing world. Established experts Karie Willyerd and Barbara Mistick offer evidence-based guidance on obtaining the skills you will need to thrive in tomorrow's workplace.
If you are like other professionals, your biggest worry is becoming obsolete at work. Shifting technologies, fierce competition among corporations, and recruitment occurring on a global level would give anyone concern. To remain relevant in spite of change, you need to know how to learn in any situation, open your thinking to a world beyond where you are now, connect to the people who can help you make your future happen, seek experiences that will prepare you for tomorrow, and stay motivated through the ups and downs of a career so you can bounce forward.
Stretch offers five practices to help you start, enhance, and lengthen your career by anticipating the needs of tomorrow's work environment. Don't become obsolete. Instead, stretch to achieve your potential.
Legendary college football coach, Lou Holtz once said: "When all is said and done, more is said than done." These few, yet profound words explain one of the biggest predicaments that individuals face today. We want to be successful, happy and influential. Yet, very few of us, follow up what we say with specific actions that move us directly toward those goals. The idea of being successful is an attractive dream that fills us with positive emotions. Whereas the actions required to be successful are often difficult. The desire to be genuinely happy is a goal toward which nearly every individual aspires. But, the actions required to achieve deep and sustained happiness require us to often delay temporary gratification and "quick fixes" to problems. Saying that we want to achieve influence, either as a leader of others in the workplace, an influential member of the community, or as an admired parent and spouse, is far easier than the gut wrenching decisions, enormous amounts of personal time, and direct truth-telling that are required.
In this cutting-edge program from personal development expert and motivation master, Brian Tracy, you'll learn that there truly is a Science of Motivation. If you apply Brian's teachings and implement them in your life, your dreams will become your destiny as you produce the outcomes that you desire.
The secret to business success is intuition. It's not just a matter of following your hunches. It's about following the right hunches. Being able to sense people's inner thoughts and needs helps you say and do the things needed to quickly reach your goals and achieve success.
Many people know this, but many also believe that a good sense of intuition is something that you're just born with - not something that you can develop and train.
Jose Silva, developer of the world-famous Silva Mind Control Method, had proved them wrong. Now, with Mr. Silva's state-of-the-art UltraMind Intuitive Guidance System for Business, you can learn how to use your intuition regularly and reliably.
You will learn how to:
In 1996, an unprecedented decade-long courtroom battle was waged in Florida to help bring justice and hope to the family of a young boy born with no eyes after his mother was doused outside of a local u-pick farm by a chemical fungicide believed to have caused his birth defect and the birth defects of many other children.
It was a battle that nearly everyone but attorney Jim Ferraro deemed unwinnable. After all, it involved one of the world's most powerful industrial giants. In the process it was a fight that changed the landscape of tort law forever. Before it was over, Castillo v. DuPont would go down in history as the first and one of the most important cases of its kind, setting precedent and also sparking a crucial debate over the questionable use of what is known as the "junk-science defense".
Blindsided is a real-life David and Goliath story - a true courtroom drama for the ages.
"I felt like time was taunting me: 'Behind again? You'll never get it all done.' I worked harder and longer hours, sacrificing my limited personal time to stay ahead of the game. Still, it wasn't sufficient. My work just kept expanding, demanding more of me. I could never seem to call it a day. In my entire career, I'd never faced a sales problem of this magnitude."
Sound familiar? If so, you're probably an overwhelmed seller. Your clients expect more, with faster turnarounds. Your quota keeps going up. You need to leverage social media, keep up to date on your industry, figure out how to sell new products and services, and learn all the latest technologies. The demands are never ending. You could work nonstop around the clock and still not get it all done. It's a huge problem faced by experienced sales pros, busy entrepreneurs, and sales rookies. If you don't stay on top of your time, it's tough to make your numbers, let alone blow them away.
Jill Konrath, a globally recognized sales consultant and speaker, knew she needed help but found that advice aimed at typical workers didn't work for her - or for others who needed to sell for a living. Salespeople need their own productivity guidelines adapted to the fast-paced, always-on sales world. So Konrath experimented relentlessly to discover the best time savers and sales hacks in order to deliver the first productivity guide specifically for sales success.
In More Sales, Less Time, Konrath blends cutting-edge behavioral research with her own deep knowledge of sales to teach you how to succeed in this age of distraction.
You'll discover how to:
Konrath helps you develop strategies specifically tailored to your life in sales, using your strengths to cut through the feeling of being overwhelmed. All salespeople have the same number of hours in a day; it's up to you to rescue your time to sell smarter.
How maverick companies have passed up the growth treadmill - and focused on greatness instead.
It's an axiom of business that great companies grow their revenues and profits year after year. Yet quietly, under the radar, a small number of companies have rejected the pressure of endless growth to focus on more satisfying business goals. Goals like being great at what they do, creating a great place to work, providing great customer service, making great contributions to their communities, and finding great ways to lead their lives.
In Small Giants, veteran journalist Bo Burlingham takes us deep inside 14 remarkable companies that have chosen to march to their own drummers. They include Anchor Brewing, the original microbrewer; CitiStorage Inc., the premier independent records-storage business; Clif Bar & Co., maker of organic energy bars and other nutrition foods; Righteous Babe Records, the record company founded by singer-songwriter Ani DiFranco; Union Square Hospitality Group, the company of restaurateur Danny Meyer; and Zingerman's Community of Businesses, including the world-famous Zingerman's Deli of Ann Arbor.
Burlingham shows how the leaders of these small giants recognized the full range of choices they had about the type of companies they could create. And he shows how we can all benefit by questioning the usual definitions of business success. In his new afterword, Burlingham reflects on the similarities and learning lessons from the small giants he covers in the audiobook.
What do you want most out of life?
If you can answer that question with complete integrity and clarity, you are at the starting point of greatness. In his classic guides Think and Grow Rich and The Law of Success, motivational pioneer Napoleon Hill taught that finding your definite chief aim is the most decisive and important step you can take in life. In this compelling and eminently practical "master class", acclaimed historian and New Thought author Mitch Horowitz takes you for a deep dive inside Napoleon Hill's most urgent principle. Through concrete techniques and examples, Mitch shows you how to identify your true aim, refine and act on it, and overcome setbacks.
Mitch Horowitz is a PEN Award-winning historian and the author of Occult America and One Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life. Mitch has written on everything from the war on witches to the secret life of Ronald Reagan for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Salon, and Time.com. The Washington Post says Mitch "treats esoteric ideas and movements with an even-handed intellectual studiousness that is too often lost in today's raised-voice discussions." Mitch is a monthly columnist for Science of Mind magazine, and the voice of audiobooks including Alcoholics Anonymous. He is a vice president and executive editor at Penguin Random House. Visit him at www.MitchHorowitz.com and @MitchHorowitz.
The subject of "money" remains one of the most fascinating, thought provoking, emotional, polarizing, and well-researched subjects in the world. Scores of books, articles, blog posts, and speeches have been written on what money is, how to earn it, how to spend it, who has it and who does not, and a myriad of other topics related to the effects that it produces. Yet, despite the constant focus and interest on the topic, there is one word that describes the average person's views around money: confusion. It seems that there is so much disinformation (what we might call "financial white noise"), that most people either rely on chance for their fortune or they ignore the subject altogether. This is not only unnecessary, it is a tragedy, because of the untapped human potential that is never uncovered when people leave their lives to chance or give up on their dreams. It's also totally unnecessary, because the topic of money - how to create it, how to invest it, and how to spend it wisely - is known. Truly, there is a "science" of money, just as there is a science of nutrition, chemistry, and engineering.
This "science of money" has been tested and proven again and again. And while new "theories" can arise all the time - just as we have new theories for cures for cancer or baldness, for example - the discipline of science, and it's rules for testing and verifying results will, in short order, move these ideas from the realm of "theory" to one of two categories: The Laws of Money that have been proven and can be relied upon - as much as you can rely upon the sun rising in the East and setting in the West - and The Myths of Money - those ideas (some of which may still be around, just as "rumor" or "innuendo" can exist without any basis) which claim to be true, but which have been tested and disproven, or which, at best, have never been decidedly proven.
Ultimately, this program has one central goal: To end all of the confusion once and for all, and to present, in one comprehensive program, the essential truths about money. If you simply study the ideas in this program and apply them to your life and your business, you will become financially successful - as sure as the sun will rise tomorrow.
Why do we so often fail to connect when speaking with business colleagues, family members, or friends? Wouldn't you like to make yourself heard and understood in all of your relationships? Using vivid examples, easy-to-learn techniques, and practical exercises for becoming a better listener and making yourself heard and understood, Dale Carnegie will show you how it's done, even in difficult situations.
Founded in 1912, Dale Carnegie Training has evolved from one man's belief in the power of self-improvement to a performance-based training company with offices worldwide. Dale Carnegie's original body of knowledge has been constantly updated, expanded, and refined through nearly a century's worth of real-life business experiences. He is recognized internationally as the leader in bringing out the best in people, and over eight million people have completed a Dale Carnegie course.
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In the past several years, there has been a great deal of hyperbole disseminated by mass media about "The Top 1%". Most of this press has been negative - casting the 1% as the villains, and the 99% as the victims. Most every major problem in our society, and in individuals' inability to progress, has been blamed on this "elite" income class. Yet, the paradox is that the vast majority of people in America strive every day to become part of that 1%. Why is this? Because most people intuitively understand that the picture of the 1% is largely incorrect at worst, or incomplete at the very least. So, is much of what we've been told about the 1% incorrect? Is there another reality about the 1% that has not been told by the media? And, should you and I aspire to be part of The Top 1%? The answers to these questions are an unqualified "yes".
In this compelling program, personal development expert and researcher Dan Strutzel will give you a completely new and ultimately inspiring view of this income class. And, best of all, he will outline the specific things you need to do to become a proud member of The Top 1%.
Here are just a few of the ideas that you'll learn:
After listening to this program, you'll not only have a road map for joining The Top 1%, you'll emerge more inspired and excited about your future and the future of our society.
From the millionaire entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author of The 10X Rule comes a bold and contrarian wake-up call for anyone truly ready for success.
Before Grant Cardone built five successful companies (and counting), became a multimillionaire, and wrote bestselling books...he was broke, jobless, and drug-addicted.
Grant had grown up with big dreams but friends and family told him to be more reasonable and less demanding. If he played by the rules, they said, he could enjoy everyone else's version of middle class success. But when he tried it their way, he hit rock bottom.
Then he tried the opposite approach. He said NO to the haters and naysayers and said YES to his burning, outrageous, animal obsession. He reclaimed his obsession with wanting to be a business rock star, a huge philanthropist, live in a mansion, even own an airplane.
Obsession made all of his wildest dreams come true. And it can help you achieve massive success too. As Grant says, we're in the middle of an epidemic of average. The conventional wisdom is to achieve balance and take it easy. But this has really just given us an excuse to be unexceptional.
If you want real success, you have to be obsessed and know how to harness that power to rocket to the top. This book will give you the inspiration and tools to break out of your cocoon of mediocrity and achieve your craziest dreams. Grant will teach you how to:
· set crazy goals-and reach them, every single day
· feed the beast: when you value money and spend it on the right things, you get more of it
· shut down the doubters-and use your haters as fuel
You can be obsessed...or you can be average. It's your choice. Why not start going full-throttle towards your obsession today?
In this volume in the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series, Margaret Cuonzo explores paradoxes and the strategies used to solve them, finding that that paradoxes are more than mere puzzles and can prompt new ways of thinking.
Thinkers have been fascinated by paradox since long before Aristotle grappled with Zeno's. In this volume in the MIT Press Essential Knowledge series, Margaret Cuonzo explores paradoxes and the strategies used to solve them. She finds that paradoxes are more than mere puzzles but can prompt new ways of thinking. A paradox can be defined as a set of mutually inconsistent claims, each of which seems true. Paradoxes emerge not just in salons and ivory towers but in everyday life. (An Internet search for ''paradox'' brings forth a picture of an ashtray with a ''no smoking'' symbol inscribed on it.) Proposing solutions, Cuonzo writes, is a natural response to paradoxes. She invites us to rethink paradoxes by focusing on strategies for solving them, arguing that there is much to be learned from this, regardless of whether any of the more powerful paradoxes is even capable of solution.
Cuonzo offers a catalog of paradox-solving strategies -- including the Preemptive-Strike (questioning the paradox itself), the Odd-Guy-Out (calling one of the assumptions into question), and the You-Can't-Get-There-from-Here (denying the validity of the reasoning). She argues that certain types of solutions work better in some contexts than others, and that as paradoxicality increases, the success of certain strategies grows more unlikely. Cuonzo shows that the processes of paradox generation and solution proposal are interesting and important ones. Discovering a paradox leads to advances in knowledge: new science often stems from attempts to solve paradoxes, and the concepts used in the new sciences lead to new paradoxes. As Niels Bohr wrote, ''How wonderful that we have met with a paradox. Now we have some hope of making progress.''
The Awakened Millionaire is a practical manifesto guiding you to new dimensions of personal wealth, spiritual growth, and as a result, global transformation. Crafted by Dr. Joe Vitale, a famed millionaire, best-selling author, and star of the blockbuster movie The Secret, you'll discover a controversial formula that accomplishes what few believe possible: combining money and spirituality together to bring you more of both, while transforming you into a force for good in a world that desperately needs it. This audiobook is a call to action, pushing you to wake up, stand up, and transform yourself into a powerful expression of your passion, your wealth, and your desire to make a difference. It is an invitation to become a true Awakened Millionaire, starting today.
While most consider money and spirituality a blasphemous duo, Dr. Vitale shatters these social norms and shows you the true nature of money empowered with soulful purpose. At turns inspirational, motivational, and conversational, this page-turner ultimately narrows in on practical steps anyone can use to see instantaneous results, regardless of your past failures, current financial situation, or future goals. But his mission is not to simply transform you. Dr. Vitale's mission is to create a swarm of Awakened Millionaires transforming the world with every action they take, while enjoying personal luxury and soulful fulfillment new levels of money and spiritual growth can give them. The book reveals:
If you desire both wealth and spirituality, this audiobook finally reveals how.
In 2009, at the peak of the financial crisis, AIG - the American insurance behemoth - was sinking fast. It was the peg upon which the nation hung its ire and resentment during the financial crisis: the pinnacle of Wall Street arrogance and greed. When Bob Benmosche climbed aboard as CEO, it was widely assumed that he would go down with his ship. In mere months, he turned things around, pulling AIG from the brink of financial collapse and restoring its profitability. Before three years were up, AIG had fully repaid its staggering debt to the U.S. government - with interest.
Good for the Money is an unyielding leader's memoir of a career spent fixing companies through thoughtful, unconventional strategy. With his brash, no-holds-barred approach to the job, Benmosche restored AIG's employee morale and good name. His is a story of perseverance, told with refreshing irreverence in unpretentious terms.
Called "an American hero" by Andrew Ross Sorkin, author of Too Big to Fail, Benmosche was a self-made man who never forgot what life is like for the nation's 99-percent; again and again, he pushed back against obstinate colleagues to salvage American jobs and industry. Good for the Money affords you a front-row seat for Benmosche's heated battles with major players from Geithner to Obama to Cuomo, and offers incomparable lessons in leadership from the legendary CEO who changed the way Wall Street does business.
An accessible guide to training the brain to work effortlessly in your favor - from the international best-selling author of the productivity classic Eat That Frog.
In business and in life, you must be smart to get ahead. As things shift and change quickly, you need to tap in to your brain - learn how to think smartly - in order to make sure that you maximize your opportunities.
In Get Smart!, internationally acclaimed business guru, speaker, author, and productivity expert Brian Tracy has laid the groundwork on how to easily reconfigure your negative thinking patterns and habits and reprogram your brain to achieve its maximum potential. In this invaluable book, listeners will encounter:
Whether your goal is making more sales, coming up with better business plans, or simply finding ways to make extra money or have more residual income, this book will serve as your personal express elevator going straight to the top!
Ready to activate your dream life?
You know that sneaky voice inside your head telling you that you're not good enough, smart enough, skinny enough, whatever enough? That's your Mean Girl. And she's doing her best to keep you stuck in Fear Town, too scared to go after the life you always imagined.
But enough's enough! Melissa Ambrosini has made a life beyond her wildest dreams, all by mastering her Mean Girl, busting through limiting beliefs and karate-chopping through the fears that held her hostage for years. And now she wants to help you remember not only what you are capable of, but how amazing you truly are!
In this inspiring, upbeat guide, Melissa provides a practical plan for creating your own version of a kick-ass life - one that's wildly wealthy, fabulously healthy and bursting with love. Designed to propel you out of stuck-ness and into action, this is a must read if you're ready to let go of your Mean Girl and start living the life of your dreams.
From the moment Jon Gordon heard about George Boiardi and the Hard Hat he was intrigued and captivated. Over the years he visited George's coaches, attended several "21 Dinners" held in his honor, met his family, talked to his teammates and observed how he inspired all who knew him.
Whenever I tell people about my job as a financial advisor, the conversation inevitably turns to how hopeless they feel when it comes to dealing with money. More than once, they've begged, "Just tell me what to do."
It's no surprise that even my most successful friends feel confused or paralyzed. Even if they have a shelfful of personal finance books, they don't have time to make sense of all the information available. They don't just want good advice, they want the best advice-so rather than do the "wrong thing," they do nothing. Their 401(k) and bank statements pile up, unexamined or maybe even unopened.
What they don't realize is that bad calls about money aren't failures; they're just what happens when emotional creatures have to make decisions about the future with limited information. What I tell them is that we need to scrap striving for perfection and instead commit to a process of guessing and making adjustments when things go off track. Of course we're going to make the best guesses we can-but we're not going to obsess over getting them exactly right.
The fact is, in a single page you can prioritize what you really want in life and figure out how to get there. That's because a great financial plan has nothing to do with what the markets are doing, what your real estate agent is pitching, or the hot stock your brother-in-law told you about. It has everything to do with what's most important to you.
By now you may be wondering, "What about the details? How much do I need to invest each year, and how do I allocate it? How much life insurance do I need?" Don't worry: I'll cover those topics and many more, sharing strategies that will take the complexity out of them.
The most important thing is getting clarity about the big picture so you can cope with the unexpected. Maybe you'll lose the job you thought was secure; you'll take a financial risk that doesn't pan out; you'll have twins when you were only budgeting for one. In other words: Life will happen.
But no matter what happens, this audiobook will help you bridge the gap between where you are now and where you want to go.
In the world of personal development, motivation, public speaking and sales, there will never be another Zig Ziglar (1962-2012). His infectious sense of humor, his masterful story-telling skills, his uncanny ability to inspire, and his down home Southern charm... that is the legacy of Zig Ziglar. What will your legacy be? What lasting imprint do you want to make on the world?
You want maximum business performance? Look under the hood and you'll find your employee culture: it is the power that drives the enterprise engine. To harness that rumbling power you've got to solve the mystery of what an employee culture actually is, how it operates and how to move it forward.