1,000 Dollars and an Idea: Entrepreneur to Billionaire

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ReadHowYouWant.com, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 444 pages
Self-made billionaire Sam Wyly is a natural storyteller. In this candid, engrossing memoir, he recounts the experiences that led him to establish and expand companies on the leading edge of advancements in technology, energy, retail, and investments over the last five decades. From growing up in rural Louisiana on the family cotton farm during the Depression, to founding a pioneering computing company, to parlaying his success into major national retail chains, Wyly describes the decisions and strategies with which he's created his unique path. Starting with University Computing in Dallas in the early 1960s, Wyly reveals the drive and dealings that took him from one success to another, including founding Sterling Software, taking on the mammoth AT&T monopoly, growing the small chains of Michaels Stores and Bonanza Steakhouses to over a thousand locations each nationwide, co-founding the Maverick Capital and Ranger Capital hedge funds, and founding Green Mountain Energy, the largest provider of cleaner energy in America today. But he also writes frankly about failures, what he learned from them, and the tactics that ensured his business survival through tough economic times. In new chapters written for this expanded edition, Wyly discusses the ''Great Crash of 2008'' in historical perspective, offering insights on the causes of our current financial crisis and the path to recovery - including the importance of green energy for the future.
 

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User Review  - Scarchin - LibraryThing

This is a quick enjoyable read - for the most part. I found the biographical elements of Wyly's from poverty to multi-millions to be fascinating reading. However, the sections where he goes into great ... Read full review

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User Review  - jameskennemore - LibraryThing

As others have pointed out, Wyly was more lucky than clever. As someone who hopes to one day be an entrepreneur, I didn't feel there was enough substance in the book for me to follow. Read full review

Contents

Beat Tallulah
1
Floras Boys
15
Big Blue
33
Peter Drucker Wrote the Bible
42
Reach for a Star Not a Handful of Mud
58
Me and Ross Perot
76
The Birth of a Company
80
A Thousand Dollars and an Idea
99
Taking My Losses
197
Sterling Software
202
Moneys Not Scarce
226
Never Let Your Pocketbook Tell You What You Can Do
249
The Crafty Woman
274
Maverick Investor
301
The Good Earth
325
Surprise
346

Multinational Entrepreneur
114
If You Cant Join em Beat em
127
Monopoly Buster Datran or Die Trying Chapter 12 Before There Was Software There Was Don
136
Thomson
154
Earth Resources
164
Bonanza
184
The Great Crash of 2008
359
No Money Down
370
Growth
383
Acknowledgments
399
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