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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Spiegel & Grau; Reprint edition (May 15 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812981448
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812981445
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 200 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #73,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“A creative and open-hearted business model for our times.”—The Wall Street Journal

About the Author

In 2006, Blake Mycoskie founded TOMS Shoes with a simple business model: “With every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need. One for One.” In 2011, TOMS launched its second One for One product, TOMS Eyewear, which with every pair purchased helps give sight to a person in need by providing medical treatment, prescription glasses, or sight-saving surgery. Mycoskie will be using 50 percent of his proceeds from this book to create the Start Something That Matters Fund, which will support inspired readers in their efforts to make a positive impact on the world.
 
When Blake isn’t working at TOMS, he spends his time reading, writing, fly-fishing, and participating in just about every board sport.

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Format: Paperback
This review is for the audiobook version.

I don’t own a pair of Toms, but I feel alright giving them as gifts.

Blake’s story is good, his business unique. I found the narration alright and it was entertaining enough. You probably won’t find any groundbreaking ideas here nor any cool business strategies, but you may just be inspired enough to ‘start something that matters’ yourself.

I like the idea that Toms makes money and helps out in a holistic way. When a business can create something that delivers to customers, benefits manufacturers and rewards its owner/investors, that’s a terrific thing. Often corporate images seem to be polarized between being greedy or insolvent (unsustainable); profit isn’t a bad word, corporate responsibility is a good thing.

While there are other models to grow a profitable and sharing business, Blake tells us his story and his ‘why’. I think like a Robert Kiyosaki book may give you an idea, or an inspiration, Blake’s book will do the same.

Pros:
Entertaining look at Blake and the Toms brand.
Challenges the reader to start his own ‘something that matters’.
Good look into business/philanthropy blends
Inspiring enough.

Cons:
Feels a little long (audio version just shy of 5 hrs)
Not much meat for someone looking for business tips/strategies

Buy this books if you are interested in Toms, just starting your business/entrepreneurial career, giving back, want to be inspired, help out or feel good. Don’t buy this book if you are looking for a ‘How to’ business manual.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a book that just keeps on giving!

I just finished reading Blake's' book Start Something that Matters, and I was so engrossed in the content, I could not put it down. From cover to cover, this book is full of inspiration, business building strategies and examples of how one idea can change a life!

From a corporate perspective I thoroughly appreciated Blake's description on the qualities that are essential in a team and leadership: trust, autonomy, engagement, creating champions and partnerships, and the foundation of corporate giving (in more ways than just money).

From the community service perspective, I valued Blake's examples of the many ways in which an idea can help millions, and how giving creates a cycle of reciprocity. Blake stressed the importance of having a story and sharing your story, this is critical for any project, and business. His tips on creating, sharing and living your story will make a difference in how I approach my next big project.

This book provides a new way of thinking about business, how we give back and create legacies.
Toby, the Pet Therapy Dog, and His Hospital Friends
A book that will definitely make a difference in our world!
Charmaine Hammond,
Author, On Toby's Terms
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Format: Hardcover
In his book "Start Something that Matters" Blake Mycoskie shares his exciting journey from his holidays in Argentina to a successful business. His journey is an inspiring one that is filled with practical principals that can be applied to many different businesses and organizations. I personally can't wait to share the story of TOMS and apply some of the principles to our organization. Some specific practical ideas that are amazing: giving first is good business, creative job titles are fun, and people want to know your personal story and business story.
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Format: Hardcover
There isn't a whole lot of groundbreaking information in this book, but if you love the TOMS story and are interested in the brand are are looking for inspiration, then this is a good book. Even knowing most of the backstory as I did, there were some good leads that I plan to follow as I put my own plans in place.
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Format: Hardcover
This book fell into my hands at a great time... I'm leaving on a plane to explore the other side of the globe and I am a young entrepreneur looking to do good in the world. There's lots of relevant advice and it shows just how quickly a great idea can spread!
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Blake Mycoskie is a great story-teller and that was one of the reasons why TOMS Shoes became a success. But what's more, he's got a knack to inspire people to do good themselves. A great "how-to" in social entrepreneurship.
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