1,000 Dollars and an Idea: Entrepreneur to Billionaire: Expanded Edition

1,000 Dollars and an Idea: Entrepreneur to Billionaire: Expanded Edition

by Sam Wyly
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1557048487

ISBN-13: 9781557048486

Pub. Date: 09/29/2009

Publisher: Newmarket Press

Expanded edition with new chapters on the Great Crash of 2008 and looking ahead.

Self-made billionaire Sam Wyly is a natural storyteller. In this expanded edition of his memoir, he recounts his experiences establishing and expanding companies on the leading edge of advancements in technology, energy, retail, and investments over the last five decades. From

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Expanded edition with new chapters on the Great Crash of 2008 and looking ahead.

Self-made billionaire Sam Wyly is a natural storyteller. In this expanded edition of his memoir, he recounts his experiences establishing and expanding companies on the leading edge of advancements in technology, energy, retail, and investments over the last five decades. From the hardships his family faced trying to hold on to their cotton farm during the Depression to the coaching he received on the high school football field, Wyly describes how his early years in Louisiana prepared him for what lay ahead.

Risking $1,000 of his savings, Wyly founded University Computing in 1963 and took it public two years later, becoming a millionaire at the age of thirty. Throughout this book, he reveals the decisions and strategies behind his many business successes, including founding Sterling Software, growing the small chains of Michaels Stores and Bonanza Steakhouses into nationwide brands, and founding Green Mountain Energy, the largest provider of cleaner energy in America today.

Wyly also discusses the "Great Crash of 2008" in historical perspective, offering insights on our current financial crisis and the path to recovery—including the importance of green energy for the future.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557048486
Publisher:
Newmarket Press
Publication date:
09/29/2009
Edition description:
Expanded
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents


Prologue     1
"Beat Tallulah"     4
Flora's Boys     14
Big Blue     26
Peter Drucker Wrote the Bible     32
Reach for a Star, Not a Handful of Mud     43
Me and Ross Perot     55
The Birth of a Company     58
A Thousand Dollars and an Idea     71
Multinational Entrepreneur     81
If You Can't Join 'em, Beat 'em     90
Monopoly Buster: Datran, or Die Trying     96
Before There Was Software, There Was Don Thomson     108
Earth Resources     115
Bonanza     129
Taking My Losses     138
Sterling Software     142
Money's Not Scarce     158
Never Let Your Pocketbook Tell You What You Can Do     174
The Crafty Woman     191
Maverick Investor     209
The Good Earth     226
Epilogue     240
Acknowledgments     249
Index     251

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