I'm There for You, Baby: The Entrepreneur's Guide to the Galaxy

I'm There for You, Baby: The Entrepreneur's Guide to the Galaxy

by Neil Senturia



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780983170426
Publisher: Blackbird Venures
Publication date: 09/01/2011
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface 11

Introduction: "The, uh, stuff that dreams are made of" (Sam Spade, The Maltese Falcon) 13

Chapter 1 The rules are not made to be broken (Let reason rule) 19

Chapter 2 A great deal is like a bowl of spaghetti (It starts out completely tangled, you end up licking your fingers, and along the way you drip sauce all over your shirt) 21

Chapter 3 Nobody doesn't like a tall building 33

Chapter 4 Arrogance (Damn, stupid arrogance!) 51

Chapter 5 Failure is an option 57

Chapter 6 Never discount the possibility of insanity from the other side 63

Chapter 7 Renegotiation is what happens when the deal you think you thought you made turns out to be the deal that the other side didn't think they thought they would have ever made if they had known then what they know now 77

Chapter 8 Be respectful of investors (Their money did not grow on trees) 87

Chapter 9 "I feel your pain" (Bill Clinton) 93

Chapter 10 "How does the girl fit into the picture?" (Policeman at Beverly Hills station, Sullivan's Travels) 99

Chapter 11 Never, ever discount the power of good fortune 105

Chapter 12 George W. Bush grew up in Texas. So did Gary Avery (One of them would have made a good president) 113

Chapter 13 Fortune favors the bold (It also favors Fortune magazine) 121

Chapter 14 Certain flowers take longer to bloom than others 135

Chapter 15 Now, darlin', could you please just check the model number for me? 137

Chapter 16 596,000 people work for the United States Post Office. There are 36,400 post offices in the U.S. They lose the mail regularly. But they found us. 143

Chapter 17 "A man with money is no match against a man on a mission" (Doyle Brunson, Poker Champion) 147

Chapter 18 The oatmeal cookies are to die for 153

Chapter 19 Good advice is never a commodity 157

Chapter 20 There are 423,491 golf jokes on Google (This one isn't listed there) 163

Chapter 21 Why do they call it "Customer Service"? (It stinks. It should be called "Bend Over and Grab Your Ankles") 167

Chapter 22 Why is Apple stock at $300 per share? (One answer: Customer Service) 171

Chapter 23 "Go down, Yeltsin, way down in Russia land, let my people go" (With an appropriate credit to Moses) 173

Chapter 24 "You talkin' to me?" (Travis Bickle, Taxi Driver) 177

Chapter 25 They were young and they were brilliant (I wanted to strangle each of them at least once) 181

Chapter 26 "Behind every successful man is a woman, behind her is his wife" (Groucho Marx) 189

Chapter 27 If I tell you, I will have to kill you 189

Chapter 28 Rashomon's Revenge 197

Chapter 29 Latrodectus Theridiidae (a.k.a. The Black Widow) 209

Chapter 30 "If I knew you were coming, I would have baked a cake" (The Cookie Monster) 209

Conclusion: (There is no conclusion. The entrepreneur is never done) 217

Appendix: The Baby Rules 219

Acknowledgments 238

About The Author 240

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