On a Roll: From Hot Dog Buns to High-tech Billions

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Anyone can beat the corporate giants at their own game -- and Howard Jonas can give you the knowledge you need to win big

The score was David 1, Goliath 0, after Howard Jonas, an enterprising kid from the Bronx, had a bright idea that revolutionized international telecommunications, pioneered what is now an over a billion-dollar-a-year industry, successfully fought off AT&T's aggressive attempts to pull the plug on his operation -- and then took his own start-up company public, to net over $100 million for himself. And it all began with a hot-dog stand outside a methadone clinic, as the author relates in this effervescent account of a self-made multimillionaire, a book that will teach, inspire, and entertain today's (and tomorrow's) entrepreneurs and just plain dreamers. Jonas's down-to-earth and highly opinionated approaches to business have made headlines and inform every page of this energetic autobiography. Jonas worked his way through Harvard (after the hot-dog enterprise) by selling Venus flytraps by mail order from his dorm room and saved enough to start a publishing business after graduation. This led him to develop a revolutionary system for inexpensive international phone calls -- and right into the gunsights of AT&T. How he won this and other battles are lessons that everyone, from would-be entrepreneurs to top CEOs, should learn.

Jonas is a terrific storyteller, full of wry wit and iconoclastic wisdom, and his book teaches you how to succeed at the business you love -- and love the business you do.

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ON A ROLL: From Hot Dog Buns to High-Tech Billions

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The founder and CEO of the renegade International Discount Telecommunications firm (IDT) has passed his 40th birthday. He reckons it's time to tell his life story. A proud graduate of the redoubtable ... Read full review

On a roll: from hot dog buns to high-tech billions

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Rags-to-riches stories almost always make good reading, and this is true of Jonas's first book as well. The author, founder of International Discount Telecommunications (IDT), a leading alternative ... Read full review


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About the author (1998)

Jonas is the founder and CEO of International Discount Telecommunications (IDT), a quarter-billion-dollar alternate telecommunications carrier.

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