How They Did It: Billion Dollar Insights from the Heart of America

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How They Did it is a book of inspiration, ideas, and advice from 45 of the most successful living company founders ever to come out of the heart of America. Each founder started, grew, and sold a company for approximately $100 million or more, or took their company public for $300 million or more in market valuation. In total these founders created $41 billion in value from scratch.
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Overview

How They Did it is a book of inspiration, ideas, and advice from 45 of the most successful living company founders ever to come out of the heart of America. Each founder started, grew, and sold a company for approximately $100 million or more, or took their company public for $300 million or more in market valuation. In total these founders created $41 billion in value from scratch.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615385433
  • Publisher: RedFlash Press
  • Publication date: 11/16/2010
  • Pages: 173
  • Sales rank: 1,455,111
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Jordan is an Inc. 500 CEO and founded Online Access, the first Internet-coverage magazine in the world. After the sale of Online Access, Jordan launched two companies: RedFlash, an interim management team; and interimCEO/interimCFO, a worldwide network for interim, contract, and project executives. Jordan received his bachelor’s degree from the Honors College at the University of Michigan and his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
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  • Posted March 5, 2011

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    A must for the entrepreneur's library

    This book is a collection of the questions and answers that entrepreneurs all ask from time to time. How did you start? When did you know it was time to leave your job? How did you make it? What mistakes did you make? What advice would you give to a new entrepreneur? If you could start over, what would you do different? Tell me about your experience. I found this book to be one of the best books in my library. I read from it everyday because it gives me motivation to keep going. The biggest thing I learned from reading the advice of multimillionaires is start where you are with your vision. All of these people started wherever they were (broke or had investors) and never gave up on their dream. If you are an entrepreneur and you don't have this book, you will do your self a disservice. Book: The font is nice and clear. The layout is eye catching and marketable. The text is so friendly that you can scan the pages and find what you need quickly. It is made to be either read or scanned for the answers you are looking for. A famous self help saying is, "if it is already done, then all you have to do is find out what others did to get the result and get busy doing the same thing." Here is the result. Get busy!

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  • Posted January 13, 2011

    Uplifted, inspired and armed!

    As a 'jaded New Yorker' I initially dismissed this book for its regional focus. What I found instead was the distilled insights of remarkable American Entrepreneurs. All put together in a way which caught and held my interest. Jordan has an ability to relate to these brilliant, energetic people and uncover the insights that previously were probably only known by a few close associates.

    I couldn't put this book down and have given it to my own mentors and entrepreneur friends who I know will be inspired.

    In a time of cynicism over America and business in general, this book shows a much different view, an optimistic but real vision of what it takes to make something great.

    The book contains truly important insights that business people in Silicon Valley, Boston, New York and everywhere will use and refer to again and again.

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  • Posted January 3, 2011

    Are you an entrepreneur? This book is for You!

    Are you an entrepreneur? Are you considering being an entrepreneur? Either way this book is for you. I found that it was inspiring to read a few pages of this book each day. As an entrepreneur I really enjoy the insights of the 40+ highly successful individuals. We often need reminders of the various things that we must do to be successful with our companies. I was also impressed with the variety of entrepreneurs. As a country we need to remember that there have been a multitude of success stories for entrepreneurs and not just the few that we hear about time after time. Well done Bob. I highly recommend this book. Also consider sending a copy to a friend or business connection.

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  • Posted November 23, 2010

    Wonderful book to "jump start" your entrepreneurial engine

    Instead of offering "cookie cutter" advice that you often see in a book like this, Mr. Jordan instead gathered insights from dozens of extremely successful entrepreneurs that have actually done it and done it exceptionally well. If you are looking for a little something to help you motivate you in a new business venture or re-invigorate yourself in an existing one then this is the book for you.

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  • Posted November 22, 2010

    An expressive collection of insights for turning ideas into successful businesses

    Jordan does an excellent job of weaving candid and brass tacks points of view on entrepreneurship and first principals for success from a group of amazing company founders. Any business person looking to build value in a current or future enterprise would be well served to attend this virtual fireside chat.

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  • Posted November 21, 2010

    Brilliantly done ... practically a roadmap for turning your dreams into gold.

    Seth Godin was right when he said, "There's hard-fought, useful wisdom one very single page. Every one. What a find."

    I just read this book front to back, jotting down at least 12 people I plan to give it to, ranging from a 24-year old entrepreneur-in-the-making, to a 50-something tech innovator whose business is "on the verge" and serial entrepreneurs who've largely succeeded in spite of themselves ... and will find even greater success if they read and apply the learning in this book.he list goes on.

    Its 160 pages are packed with incredible inspiration and insight. The design itself draws you in. You start skimming the nuggets and soon you're so hooked that you're ordering take-out because you can't resist diving in to mine for more gold. It's an in-depth education in business guts, tapping the passion that makes dreams come true ... and about having the courage to fail, learn from it and come back smarter and stronger.

    The interviews in this book are the furthest thing you can imagine from "20 Questions." They're smart, spirited conversations based on real knowledge of the people, the companies and the deals. It took Bob Jordan and his team almost four years to transform the idea for this book from an idea into an entrepreneur's road map. You couldn't find a better guide.

    Even the most savvy business people on the planet will find a wealth of insight and inspiration in "How They Did It: Billion Dollar Insights from the Heart of America," which should be required reading in business schools everywhere.

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