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Confessions of the Entrepreneur
     

Confessions of the Entrepreneur

by Bob Thomas
 
Bob Thomas is an entrepreneur who created two world-class high-tech companies, one a division of Emerson — a Fortune 500 company — and the other a division of ABB — a giant Swiss conglomerate.  Both were built from scratch without investing, borrowing, selling stock, or taking venture capital. Thomas shares his

Overview

Bob Thomas is an entrepreneur who created two world-class high-tech companies, one a division of Emerson — a Fortune 500 company — and the other a division of ABB — a giant Swiss conglomerate.  Both were built from scratch without investing, borrowing, selling stock, or taking venture capital. Thomas shares his entrepreneurial secrets and teaches what it takes to make a lasting mark in business and to become globally competitive.
At a time when America is seeking ways to sustain its innovative edge and global competitiveness, Thomas stands as a genuine hero of free-market capitalism — an example of entrepreneurial inventiveness and applied innovation.  Thomas knows the best way to create value is to connect creativity with technology, combined with world-class salesmanship.  Bob's book is instructive and cautionary, filled with lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and values.
Thomas points out that the CEOs of large American corporations today are not entrepreneurs, but rather are bureaucratically trained managers from the Wharton, Harvard, and Stanford type schools of business. The founding entrepreneurs, like Thomas himself, have long ago moved on, leaving behind the day-to-day business of finance, mergers, acquisitions, and big company politics in the hands of bureaucratic caretakers. Surprisingly, Thomas argues that both founding entrepreneurs and successor bureaucratic managers play an equally essential roll in a thriving free-market capitalistic society.
Although Bob's writing is humorous, it is not without controversy; nor is he likely to qualify for an award in political correctness. Thomas speaks his mind, letting the chips fall where they may. Listed among his do’s and don'ts, for example, is his advice to, "never hire a woman under 45 years of age."

Product Details

BN ID:
2940016748207
Publisher:
eBookMultimedia
Publication date:
04/04/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
363
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Bob Thomas was raised and educated in Southern California, graduating from UCLA. He was an aerospace engineer for seven years prior to opting for sales-engineering, selling high-tech products to the aerospace industry. He soon became California Regional Manager.
In 1964, he co-founded UNI-LOC, a high-tech company that designs and manufactures analytical instrumentation for the oil, gas, chemical, petrochemical and food industries. Over the next eight years, as President and CEO, he led the company well into world-class status. Today, UNI-LOC is known as Rosemount Analytical, a division of Emerson, a Fortune 500 company.
Following UNI-LOC, Thomas and his partner, Ted Barben, founded Thomas-Barben Instruments (TBI) in 1977, in Nevada. Today, TBI is a thriving division of ABB, the Swiss conglomerate. He is now a director of Universal Analyzers and Barben Analyzer Technology, two young Nevada high-tech companies that are on the threshold of becoming world-class.
Bob and his wife Ingrid live in Carson City, Nevada's Capital city.

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