100 Great Businesses and the Minds Behind Them


This fully revised and updated edition of 100 Great Businesses & the Minds Behind Them provides an up-to-the-minute look at a diverse collection of people, their businesses and how they make their enterprises work. From risk-loving entrepreneurs Richard Branson and the boys at Google to self-starters like IKEA’s Ingvar Kamprad; from one-person brands like Oprah to billionaire investment oracle Warren Buffett, this book delves into the hearts, minds and business plans of some...
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This fully revised and updated edition of 100 Great Businesses & the Minds Behind Them provides an up-to-the-minute look at a diverse collection of people, their businesses and how they make their enterprises work. From risk-loving entrepreneurs Richard Branson and the boys at Google to self-starters like IKEA’s Ingvar Kamprad; from one-person brands like Oprah to billionaire investment oracle Warren Buffett, this book delves into the hearts, minds and business plans of some of the world’s most successful business people.

Profiles include creative geniuses such as food guru Jamie Oliver, vacuum-cleaner mogul James Dyson and accidental ice-cream entrepreneurs Ben
& Jerry. This is an accessible collection of stories from Australia and around the world that offers inspiration, ideas and lessons on the principles of successful businesses.

100 Great Businesses & the Minds Behind Them looks at what makes entrepreneurs tick, what drives them, and highlights the pivotal moments in the lives of their businesses. It is a book with lasting lessons on the art of making your business a success.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
What are the secrets behind the phenomenal success of companies like eBay, Google, and Home Depot and such products as the Barbie doll and Hallmark cards? And what about world-renowned businesspeople like Oprah Winfrey and Richard Branson? Ross and Holland, a senior writer and a senior editor, respectively, for two prominent Australian magazines, profile these companies, people, and their products and write about why and how they have achieved their tremendous popularity and major financial success. According to the authors, what the companies profiled have in common is "a talent for innovation which can take many forms, inventing a whole new product, taking somebody else's idea and making it work better, or simply taking over the market simply by selling products cheaper than anybody else." Companies, individuals, and products profiled are arranged within categories, e.g., "The Crowd-Pleasers," which focuses on products such as Pixar, Baby Einstein, Barbie, and Hallmark cards; and "Born To Sell," where Ray Kroc, Michael Dell, Mary Kay Ash, and other hugely successful entrepreneurs are portrayed. Each profile describes the history of the relevant company and presents portraits of its founders and/or CEOs, along with a bibliography for further reading. This book provides an excellent starting point for those researching individual companies and is highly recommended to academic and public libraries.-Lucy Heckman, St. John's Univ. Lib., Jamaica, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal

Journalist Ross and Holland, senior editor of The Age newspaper in Australia, provide an inspirational examination of a highly diverse collection of business leaders and how they made their enterprises successful. Included among the stories are well-known firms such as Nike, the various Virgin brands, and eBay, as well as many other lesser-known companies begun by risk-loving entrepreneurs, including John Symond (Aussie Home Loans), the creator of Liquid Paper Bette Nesmith Graham, Manolo Blahnik (high-end footwear), and James Dyson (Dyson vacuum cleaners). The authors succinctly present the hard work, creativity, luck, and determination that helped shape these success stories, such as the 5,127 prototypes Dyson had to go through before he hit on his currently successful design, as well as other aspects of these global companies. The result is a rousing analysis of the principles of successful businesses, as represented by these firms, that include learning how to finance and build a product, when and how to market, and how to persist through difficult times. Richard Aspel's lively, distinctly Australian narration nicely keeps this fascinating information flowing, making for a sure bet for fans of Donny Deutsch's CNBC television program, The Big Idea. Highly recommended for university libraries supporting a business curriculum and larger public libraries.
—Dale Farris

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781743110584
  • Publisher: Bolinda Audio
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Emily Ross and Angus Holland's 100 Great Businesses and the Minds Behind Them was devised in Melbourne, Australia, where they both live and work.
Emily Ross is a senior writer with the country's leading national business magazine, BRW. She specializes in leadership, innovation, and entreprenuership. Angus Holland is a senior editor with The Age newspaper.
Between then they have lived in Abu Dhabi, Honk Kong, Kuwait, London, Lantau Island, Milan, Paris, Mauritius, Qatar, Singapore, and Tokyo. They live in Melbourne with their two children.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments A Note on the Text Introduction

1. The Crowd-Pleasers Pixar Julie Aigner-Clark and Bill Clark Baby Einstein Callaway Barbie Hallmark Cards

2.Thanks for the Idea Red Bull Sony Walkman

3.The Long and Winding Road Liquid Paper Dyson The Kellogg Company
3M and the Post-It Note

4.Do What You Love Weight Watchers Quiksilver Kate Spade and Andy Spade Nobu Wolfgang Puck

5. Thanks for Nothing: The Founders Who Missed out on the Billions Chanel No. 5
The Coca-Cola Company Clarence Birdseye

6. Extreme Makeovers Nokia Avon LVMH Gap Samsung Guinness Adidas

7. The Revolutionaries IKEA Re/Max JD Power Mark Burnett Howard Schulz, Starbucks

8. It Didn't Happen Overnight, BUT It Did Happen Amazon Columbia Sportswear Nutrimetics

9.That's What I Wanted, I Just Didn't Know It Cirque du Soleil Rollerblade Websense Craigslist MTV TiVo Hooters Liz Lange Maternity

10. Survival of the Fittest Microsoft Mars Inc.
XM Satellite Radio

11. Born to Sell Ray Croc, McDonald's Dell Arthur Blank and Bernie Marcus, The Home Depot Mary Kay Ash, Mary Kay Cosmetics Simon Fuller

12. Me, Myself and I Oprah Winfrey Sean Combs Richard Branson Taschen Danni Ashe

13.I Want to Be Alone: the Greta Garbos of Business Oakley Revlon Luxottica

14. Ah, That's How You Do It eBay Limited Brands L'Oreal BlackBerry Wal-Mart Warren Buffett Berkshire Hathaway NetJets

15. Image Is Everything Nike Tiffany & Co.

16. The Business Daredevils FedEx Esprit Playboy

17. The Lennon & McCartney Duos Tupperware Apple id Software Google Seinfeld

18. Funky, Inc Juicy Couture Jamie Oliver CollegeHumour.com MAC Cosmetics (Makeup Artists Cosmestics)

19. From Hippy to Hip Aveda Ben & Jerry's

20. Beware of Cheap Imitations Steinway Lego Harley-Davidson Four Seasons Hotels Manolo Blahnik Porsche Prada Alessi

21. No Experience Necessary Subway Mrs Fields Cookies Diners Club Jani-King

22. And Now for Something Completely Different Play-Doh Dippin' Dots Build-A-Bear Workshop Disposable Diapers Neopets Super Soaker

Index About the Authors

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