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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Press; 1 edition (Sept. 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578516447
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578516445
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.9 x 1.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 222 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #166,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Shawn on May 3 2012
Format: Paperback
The book was well written and brief. I came away from having read the book a little underwhelmed. Not a lot of insights into Randy Komisar's experiences that would be portable to other entrepreneurs.
Perhaps the book "Go Corporation" has already provided sufficient details into the challenges and critical decisions that decide a company's fate.
The only message I obtained was "Follow your passion". Which is a good one.
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By SCurrie on Dec 16 2007
Format: Paperback
Follows the story of two people trying to get a venture capitalist to help give them money for a business, whilst the venture capitalist tries to persuade them to do something else. Also covers the concept of working at something that you would do even if it never became successful so that your life would have some kind of purpose. Overall it didnt impart much meaning for a regular entrepreneur such as myself.
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By T on Dec 8 2011
Format: Hardcover
The book is so stupid. All he talks about is how good he is and just shows off. I have no idea why my friend actually recommended me this stupid book. What a waste of time and money. I was expecting a decent, intellectually written, intellectual/logical story.
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I found this book of very little value for my business. I thought I'd find some amazing insights but it sort of put me off. Basically the guy says you shouldnt expect to get rich. Is that the riddle? I dont know... it sort of lost me.
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Randy tries to present an old concept in an old way. There are tons of books that tell you to do what you feel passionate about, how to succeed in investing and how to love life.
Randy fails miserably in delivering his story that is a mix of all of the above.
With less than 200 pages and big font, there's not much space to say in the book.
Randy, get a lesson on collecting thoughts before you write a book.
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By A Customer on May 20 2004
Format: Paperback
Could you be happier in your work? In your life?
Reading this book provides an opportunity to step back from the day to day muck and gain perspective on both life and career. Although the book takes place in and around Silicon Valley, it provides a means of reflection for anybody no matter where they live or the size of their employer.
An extremely worthwhile read.
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By A Customer on May 20 2004
Format: Paperback
Could you be happier in your work? In your life?
Reading this book provides an opportunity to step back from the day to day muck and gain perspective on both life and career. Althought the book takes place in and around Silicon Valley, it provides a means of reflection for anybody no matter where they live or the size of their employer.
An extremely worthwhile read.
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This book by Silicon Valley legend Randy Komisar, beginning with its title, took me a while to get into, I have to admit. I was way into it (page 60+ or so) and still wondering what the big deal about it was. This is the reason why I give it four stars: it takes a while to hook you. But if you stick to it, Komisar has a wealth of experience to share with you, from his first days in the East Coast, litigating, all through his experiences with tech giants such as WebTV, Tivo and Apple.
The main idea presented by Komisar is that you don't need to postpone your life's dream for later, by playing it safe and engaging in what he calls the Deferred Life Plan. To convey this idea, he presents the reader with the process through which he takes Lenny (an entrepreneur at heart, driven by money, who comes to him for advice) in his pursuit to push his Business Plan for Funerals.com into the attention span of some Silicon Valley VC that Komisar knows. Initially a great idea conceived as a community-building scheme, leveraging the Web to assist those in grief due to the loss of a loved one, Funerals.com had evolved into a very basic money-making scheme that didn't have much of a spark to it, tied to the sale of cheaper caskets by leveraging the efficiencies that the Web can bring about.
In the end, if you take away the Silicon Valley specifics, Komisar's point remains not just valid, but a healthy proposition to lead life driven from within, by passion for what you do and pride rooted in leaving a legacy behind you, instead of ambition and short-term gratification. Highly recommended reading for those who are searching for their mission in life, as well as those who are considering pursuing the entrepreneurial path in their lives.
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