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Who better to share strategic and tactical advice with business leaders than Bob Davis, founder and vice chairman of Lycos, the world’s first global Internet media company? In Speed Is Life, an insider account of the meteoric rise of Lycos, Davis does just that, providing today's entrepreneurs with proven methods for success culled from his extensive personal experiences.
In essence, Speed Is Life is a guide to doing business in a world that moves at velocities undreamed of even a mere five years ago. Davis begins with a brief summary of his early career, which took him from financing his education by working in a supermarket to sales jobs at GE and Wang to his installation as CEO of a then-emerging company called Lycos. (For those who don't know, the name Lycos is derived from lycosadae, the Latin name for the nocturnal wolf spider: When the company was first formed, its search engines, commonly called spiders, required so much power that they could only operate at night, when other systems were dormant.) But the heart of the book is Davis's passionate exposition of his business principles, including the importance of adaptability, risk taking, and the creation of meaningful brand identities.
Much like the business arena in which he operates, Davis's account is fast paced and filled with conviction. And his conversational style places the reader right in the middle of the action. Even though the Lycos saga has a storybook ending, it’s no fairy tale. Davis clearly understands the issues facing New Economy companies as well as the complementary roles of traditional and Web-based organizations. While not every business leader can duplicate Davis's extraordinary success at Lycos, his story can surely help point the way. (David Salfino)