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Ready, Fire, Aim: An Immigrant's Tales of Entrepreneurial Terror

Ready, Fire, Aim: An Immigrant's Tales of Entrepreneurial Terror

by Charles Ota Heller
Ready, Fire, Aim: An Immigrant's Tales of Entrepreneurial Terror

Ready, Fire, Aim: An Immigrant's Tales of Entrepreneurial Terror

by Charles Ota Heller


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Charles Ota Heller has been an entrepreneur and mentor to entrepreneurs for over 40 years. Heller is a Holocaust survivor who arrived in the US as a penniless 13-year-old, speaking only two words of English. With strength, persistence, and determination, he went on to earn an athletic scholarship to college and obtain three degrees in engineering. He became an academic at the cutting edge of new computer technology and was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug. Over the next 20 years as CEO of technology companies and an additional 20 year as an investor, Charlie experienced the joys, successes, failures, and terrors of entrepreneurship. When the FBI attempted to shut down his company on a trumped-up charge, memories of World War II and the Gestapo filled him with the terror of uncertainty. Ready, Fire, Aim is the story of his riveting journey, told as a powerful, candid, engrossing adventure that only entertains but also provides valuable takeaways for present and budding entrepreneurs.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608081813
Publisher: Boutique of Quality Books
Publication date: 06/01/2017
Edition description: None
Pages: 290
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Charles Ota Heller was born in Prague three years before the country was occupied by Germany. He is the author of the award-winning memoir, Prague: My Long Journey Home. Heller was the recipient of Maryland’s Entrepreneur of the Year award, Oklahoma State’s Lohmann Medal, and CUA’s Alumni Achievement Award. He was the youngest-ever tenured professor at the Naval Academy and the first Professor of Practice in the history of the University of Maryland. In 2015, he was inducted into the Oklahoma State University CEAT Hall of Fame.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 It Can Happen Here 1

Chapter 2 Hidden Child 9

Chapter 3 Learning to Swim 17

Chapter 4 Race to Space 25

Chapter 5 Land of Pleasant Living 33

Chapter 6 It's a Boy! 41

Chapter 7 Anchors Aweigh! 53

Chapter 8 Bite of the Entrepreneurial Bug 67

Chapter 9 Ready, Fire, Aim! 73

Chapter 10 Focus-Pocus 85

Chapter 11 Decision Time 95

Chapter 12 Welcome to Our Conglomerate 99

Chapter 13 Entrepreneur Once More 111

Chapter 14 Rise, Betrayal, and Fall 121

Chapter 15 Shifting Gears 137

Chapter 16 From the Real World to Academia 145

Chapter 17 Time of My Life 155

Chapter 18 Ego Trip 173

Chapter 19 Bahamas Adventure 181

Chapter 20 Crossing to the Dark Side 185

Chapter 21 Masters of the Universe 195

Chapter 22 On Thin Ice 205

Chapter 23 Goodbye, Gabriel 213

Chapter 24 "Never Give Up!" 221

Chapter 25 Staying Relevant 229

Chapter 26 One More Time! 235

Chapter 27 Dreams 241

Author's Notes and Acknowledgments 253

About the Author 257

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