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The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of t...
by Robert Iger

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English

Pages

250

Publication Date

September 23, 2019

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<b>#1 <i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER 鈥?A grand vision defined: The CEO of Disney, one of聽<i>Time</i>鈥檚 most influential people of 2019,聽shares the ideas and values he embraced to reinvent one of the most beloved companies in the world and inspire the people who bring the magic to life.</b> <br /><br />Robert Iger became CEO of The Walt Disney Company in 2005, during a difficult time.聽Competition was more intense than ever and technology was changing faster than at any time in the company鈥檚 history.聽His vision came down to three clear ideas: Recommit to the concept that quality matters, embrace technology instead of fighting it, and think bigger鈥攖hink global鈥攁nd turn Disney into a stronger brand in international markets. <br /><br />Twelve years later, Disney is the largest, most respected media company in the world, counting Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and 21st Century Fox among its properties. Its value is nearly five times what it was when Iger took over, and he is recognized as one of the most innovative and successful CEOs of our era.<br /><br />In聽<i>The Ride of a Lifetime</i>, Robert Iger shares the lessons he鈥檚 learned while running Disney and leading its 200,000 employees, and he explores the principles that are necessary for true leadership, including:<br /><br />鈥⒙?lt;b>Optimism.</b>聽Even in the face of difficulty, an optimistic leader will find the path toward the best possible outcome and focus on that, rather than give in to pessimism and blaming.<br />鈥⒙?lt;b>Courage.</b>聽Leaders have to be willing to take risks and place big bets. Fear of failure destroys creativity. <br />鈥⒙?lt;b>Decisiveness.</b>聽All decisions, no matter how difficult, can be made on a timely basis. Indecisiveness is both wasteful and destructive to morale.<br /> 鈥⒙?lt;b>Fairness.</b>聽Treat people decently, with empathy, and be accessible to them. <br /><br />This book is about the relentless curiosity that has driven Iger for forty-five years, since the day he started as the lowliest studio grunt at ABC. It鈥檚 also about thoughtfulness and respect, and a decency-over-dollars approach that has become the bedrock of every project and partnership Iger pursues, from a deep friendship with Steve Jobs in his final years to an abiding love of the聽<i>Star Wars</i>聽mythology.<br />聽<br />鈥淭he ideas in this book strike me as universal鈥?Iger writes.聽鈥淣ot just to the aspiring CEOs of the world, but to anyone wanting to feel less fearful, more confidently聽<i>themselves</i>, as they navigate their professional and even personal lives.鈥?/div>
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
by John Carreyrou

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

May 21, 2018

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BEST SELLER 鈥⒙?NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY: NPR,<i>聽The New York Times Book Review</i>, <i>Time</i>, <i>Wall Street Journal, Washington Post</i> 鈥?The McKinsey Business Book of the Year </b><br /> 聽<br /> <b>The full inside story of the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the one-time multibillion-dollar biotech startup founded by Elizabeth Holmes鈥攏ow the subject of the HBO documentary <i>The Inventor鈥?lt;/i>by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end.<br /><br /> 鈥淭he story is even crazier than I expected, and I found myself unable to put it down once I started. This book has everything: elaborate scams, corporate intrigue, magazine cover stories, ruined family relationships, and the demise of a company once valued at nearly $10 billion.鈥?鈥擝ill Gates</b><br /><br /> In 2014, Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes was widely seen as the female Steve Jobs: a brilliant Stanford dropout whose startup 鈥渦nicorn鈥?promised to revolutionize the medical industry with a machine that would make blood testing significantly faster and easier. Backed by investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper, Theranos sold shares in a fundraising round that valued the company at more than $9 billion, putting Holmes鈥檚 worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn鈥檛 work.<br /><br /> A riveting story of the biggest corporate fraud since Enron, a tale of ambition and hubris set amid the bold promises of Silicon Valley.
Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber
by Mike Isaac

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English

Pages

408

Publication Date

September 03, 2019

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<p><strong><em>New York Times</em> and <em>Wall Street Journal</em> Bestseller<br /><br /><br /><br />A <em>New York Times</em> technology correspondent presents the dramatic story of Uber, the Silicon Valley startup at the center of one of the great venture capital power struggles of our time.</strong></p><br /><p>In June 2017, Travis Kalanick, the hard-charging CEO of Uber, was ousted in a boardroom coup that capped a brutal year for the transportation giant. Uber had catapulted to the top of the tech world, yet for many came to symbolize everything wrong with Silicon Valley.</p><br /><p>Award-winning <em>New York Times</em> technology correspondent Mike Isaac鈥檚 <em>Super Pumped</em> presents the dramatic rise and fall of Uber, set against an era of rapid upheaval in Silicon Valley. Backed by billions in venture capital dollars and led by a brash and ambitious founder, Uber promised to revolutionize the way we move people and goods through the world. A near instant 鈥渦nicorn,鈥?Uber seemed poised to take its place next to Amazon, Apple, and Google as a technology giant.</p><br /><p>What followed would become a corporate cautionary tale about the perils of startup culture and a vivid example of how blind worship of startup founders can go wildly wrong. Isaac recounts Uber鈥檚 pitched battles with taxi unions and drivers, the company鈥檚 toxic internal culture, and the bare-knuckle tactics it devised to overcome obstacles in its quest for dominance. With billions of dollars at stake, Isaac shows how venture capitalists asserted their power and seized control of the startup as it fought its way toward its fateful IPO.</p><br /><p>Based on hundreds of interviews with current and former Uber employees, along with previously unpublished documents, <em>Super Pumped</em> is a page-turning story of ambition and deception, obscene wealth, and bad behavior that explores how blistering technological and financial innovation culminated in one of the most catastrophic twelve-month periods in American corporate history.</p>
What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence
by Stephen A. Schwarzman

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English

Pages

385

Publication Date

September 17, 2019

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES </i>BESTSELLER</b><br /> <br /><b>From Blackstone chairman, CEO, and co-founder Stephen A. Schwarzman, a long-awaited book that uses impactful episodes from Schwarzman's life to show readers how to build, transform, and lead thriving organizations. Whether you are a student, entrepreneur, philanthropist, executive, or simply someone looking for ways to maximize your potential, the same lessons apply.</b><br /><br />People know who Stephen Schwarzman is鈥攁t least they think they do. He鈥檚 the man who took $400,000 and co-founded Blackstone, the investment firm that manages over $500 billion (as of January 2019). He鈥檚 the CEO whose views are sought by heads of state. He鈥檚 the billionaire philanthropist who founded Schwarzman Scholars, this century鈥檚 version of the Rhodes Scholarship, in China. But behind these achievements is a man who has spent his life learning and reflecting on what it takes to achieve excellence, make an impact, and live a life of consequence.<br /> <br />Folding handkerchiefs in his father鈥檚 linen shop, Schwarzman dreamed of a larger life, filled with purpose and adventure. His grades and athleticism got him into Yale. After starting his career in finance with a short stint at a financial firm called DLJ, Schwarzman began working at Lehman Brothers where he ascended to run the mergers and acquisitions practice. He eventually partnered with his mentor and friend Pete Peterson to found Blackstone, vowing to create a new and different kind of financial institution.<br /> <br />Building Blackstone into the leading global financial institution it is today didn鈥檛 come easy. Schwarzman focused intensely on culture, hiring great talent, and establishing processes that allow the firm to systematically analyze and evaluate risk. Schwarzman鈥檚 simple mantra 鈥渄on鈥檛 lose money鈥?has helped Blackstone become a leading private equity and real estate investor, and manager of alternative assets for institutional investors globally. Both he and the firm are known for the rigor of their investment process, their innovative approach to deal making, the diversification of their business lines, and a conviction to be the best at everything they do.<br /> <br />Schwarzman is also an active philanthropist, having given away more than a billion dollars. In philanthropy, as in business, he is drawn to situations where his capital and energy can be applied to drive transformative solutions and change paradigms, notably in education. He uses the skills learned over a lifetime in finance to design, establish, and support impactful and innovative organizations and initiatives. His gifts have ranged from creating a new College of Computing at MIT for the study of artificial intelligence, to establishing a first-of-its-kind student and performing arts center at Yale, to enabling the renovation of the iconic New York Public Library, to founding the Schwarzman Scholars fellowship program at Tsinghua University in Beijing鈥攖he single largest philanthropic effort in China鈥檚 history from international donors.<br /> <br />Schwarzman鈥檚 story is an empowering, entertaining, and informative guide for anyone striving for greater personal impact. From deal making to investing, leadership to entrepreneurship, philanthropy to diplomacy, Schwarzman has lessons for how to think about ambition and scale, risk and opportunities, and how to achieve success through the relentless pursuit of excellence. Schwarzman not only offers readers a thoughtful reflection on all his own experiences, but in doing so provides a practical blueprint for success.
The Anarchy: The East India Company, Corporate Violence, and the ...
by William Dalrymple

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English

Pages

576

Publication Date

September 10, 2019

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<b>鈥淪uperb 鈥?A vivid and richly detailed story 鈥?worth reading by everyone.鈥?</b>-<b><i>The New York Times Book Review</i></b><br /><b><br /></b><b>From the</b><b> bestselling </b><b>author of <i>Return of a King</i>, the story of how the East India Company took over large swaths of Asia, and the devastating results of the corporation running a country.</b><br /><b><br /></b>In August 1765, the East India Company defeated the young Mughal emperor and set up, in his place, a government run by English traders who collected taxes through means of a private army. <br /><br />The creation of this new government marked the moment that the East India Company ceased to be a conventional company and became something much more unusual: an international corporation transformed into an aggressive colonial power. Over the course of the next 47 years, the company's reach grew until almost all of India south of Delhi was effectively ruled from a boardroom in the city of London.<br /><br /><i>The Anarchy</i> tells one of history's most remarkable stories: how the Mughal Empire-which dominated world trade and manufacturing and possessed almost unlimited resources-fell apart and was replaced by a multinational corporation based thousands of miles overseas, and answerable to shareholders, most of whom had never even seen India and no idea about the country whose wealth was providing their dividends. Using previously untapped sources, Dalrymple tells the story of the East India Company as it has never been told before and provides a portrait of the devastating results from the abuse of corporate power.
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
by Phil Knight

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English

Pages

401

Publication Date

April 26, 2016

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<b>In this instant<i> </i>and tenacious <i>New York Times</i> bestseller, Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight 鈥渙ffers a rare and revealing look at the notoriously media-shy man behind the swoosh鈥?(<i>Booklist</i>, starred review), illuminating his company鈥檚 early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world鈥檚 most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.</b><br /><br />Bill Gates named <i>Shoe Dog</i> one of his five favorite books of 2016 and called it 鈥渁n amazing tale, a refreshingly honest reminder of what the path to business success really looks like. It鈥檚 a messy, perilous, and chaotic journey, riddled with mistakes, endless struggles, and sacrifice. Phil Knight opens up in ways few CEOs are willing to do.鈥?lt;br /> <br />Fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed fifty dollars from his father and launched a company with one simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost running shoes from Japan. Selling the shoes from the trunk of his car in 1963, Knight grossed eight thousand dollars that first year. Today, Nike鈥檚 annual sales top $30 billion. In this age of start-ups, Knight鈥檚 Nike is the gold standard, and its swoosh is one of the few icons instantly recognized in every corner of the world.<br /> <br />But Knight, the man behind the swoosh, has always been a mystery. In <i>Shoe Dog</i>, he tells his story at last. At twenty-four, Knight decides that rather than work for a big corporation, he will create something all his own, new, dynamic, different. He details the many risks he encountered, the crushing setbacks, the ruthless competitors and hostile bankers鈥攁s well as his many thrilling triumphs. Above all, he recalls the relationships that formed the heart and soul of Nike, with his former track coach, the irascible and charismatic Bill Bowerman, and with his first employees, a ragtag group of misfits and savants who quickly became a band of swoosh-crazed brothers.<br /> <br />Together, harnessing the electrifying power of a bold vision and a shared belief in the transformative power of sports, they created a brand鈥攁nd a culture鈥攖hat changed everything.
That Will Never Work: The Birth of Netflix and the Amazing Life o...
by Marc Randolph

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English

Pages

337

Publication Date

September 17, 2019

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<b>In the tradition of Phil Knight's <i>Shoe Dog</i> comes the incredible untold story of how Netflix went from concept to company-all revealed by co-founder and first CEO Marc Randolph.</b> <br />Once upon a time, brick-and-mortar video stores were king. Late fees were ubiquitous, video-streaming unheard was of, and widespread DVD adoption seemed about as imminent as flying cars. Indeed, these were the widely accepted laws of the land in 1997, when Marc Randolph had an idea. It was a simple thought-leveraging the internet to rent movies-and was just one of many more and far worse proposals, like personalized baseball bats and a shampoo delivery service, that Randolph would pitch to his business partner, Reed Hastings, on their commute to work each morning.<br /> <br /> But Hastings was intrigued, and the pair-with Hastings as the primary investor and Randolph as the CEO-founded a company. Now with over 150 million subscribers, Netflix's triumph feels inevitable, but the twenty first century's most disruptive start up began with few believers and calamity at every turn. From having to pitch his own mother on being an early investor, to the motel conference room that served as a first office, to server crashes on launch day, to the now-infamous meeting when Netflix brass pitched Blockbuster to acquire them, Marc Randolph's transformational journey exemplifies how anyone with grit, gut instincts and determination can change the world-even with an idea that many think will never work.<br /> <br /> What emerges,though, isn't just the inside story of one of the world's most iconic companies. Full of counter-intuitive concepts and written in binge-worthy prose, it answers some of our most fundamental questions about taking that leap of faith in business or in life: How do you begin? How do you weather disappointment and failure? How do you deal with success? What even <i>is</i> success?<br /> <br /> From idea generation to team building to knowing when it's time to let go, <i>That Will Never Work</i> is not only the ultimate follow-your-dreams parable, but also one of the most dramatic and insightful entrepreneurial stories of our time.
Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, ...
by , Bradley Hope

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English

Pages

401

Publication Date

September 18, 2018

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<b>Named a Best Book of 2018 by the <i>Financial Times</i> and <i>Fortune</i>, this "thrilling" (Bill Gates) <i>New York Times</i> bestseller exposes how a "modern Gatsby" swindled over $5 billion with the aid of Goldman Sachs in "the heist of the century" (Axios).</b><br />Now a #1 international bestseller, <b>BILLION DOLLAR WHALE</b><i> </i>is "an epic tale of white-collar crime on a global scale" (<i>Publishers Weekly</i>, starred review), revealing how a young social climber from Malaysia pulled off one of the biggest heists in history.<br /><br />In 2009, a chubby, mild-mannered graduate of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business named Jho Low set in motion a fraud of unprecedented gall and magnitude--one that would come to symbolize the next great threat to the global financial system. Over a decade, Low, with the aid of Goldman Sachs and others, siphoned billions of dollars from an investment fund--right under the nose of global financial industry watchdogs. Low used the money to finance elections, purchase luxury real estate, throw champagne-drenched parties, and even to finance Hollywood films like <i>The Wolf of Wall Street</i>.<br /><br />By early 2019, with his yacht and private jet reportedly seized by authorities and facing criminal charges in Malaysia and in the United States, Low had become an international fugitive, even as the U.S. Department of Justice continued its investigation. <b><br /></b><b>BILLION DOLLAR WHALE</b> has joined the ranks of <i>Liar's Poker</i>, <i>Den of Thieves</i>, and <i>Bad Blood</i> as a classic harrowing parable of hubris and greed in the financial world.
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don'...
by Jim Collins

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English

Pages

315

Publication Date

July 19, 2011

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<p><strong>The Challenge </strong><br /><em>Built to Last,</em> the defining management study of the nineties, showed how great companies triumph over time and how long-term sustained performance can be engineered into the DNA of an enterprise from the verybeginning. </p><p>But what about the company that is not born with great DNA? How can good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness? </p><p><strong>The Study </strong><br />For years, this question preyed on the mind of Jim Collins. Are there companies that defy gravity and convert long-term mediocrity or worse into long-term superiority? And if so, what are the universal distinguishing characteristics that cause a company to go from good to great? </p><p><strong>The Standards </strong><br />Using tough benchmarks, Collins and his research team identified a set of elite companies that made the leap to great results and sustained those results for at least fifteen years. How great? After the leap, the good-to-great companies generated cumulative stock returns that beat the general stock market by an average of seven times in fifteen years, better than twice the results delivered by a composite index of the world's greatest companies, including Coca-Cola, Intel, General Electric, and Merck.</p><p><strong>The Comparisons <br /></strong>The research team contrasted the good-to-great companies with a carefully selected set of comparison companies that failed to make the leap from good to great. What was different? Why did one set of companies become truly great performers while the other set remained only good? </p><p>Over five years, the team analyzed the histories of all twenty-eight companies in the study. After sifting through mountains of data and thousands of pages of interviews, Collins and his crew discovered the key determinants of greatness -- why some companies make the leap and others don't. </p><p><strong>The Findings</strong><br /> The findings of the Good to Great study will surprise many readers and shed light on virtually every area of management strategy and practice. The findings include:</p><ul><li><strong>Level 5 Leaders:</strong> The research team was shocked to discover the type of leadership required to achieve greatness. </li><li><strong>The Hedgehog Concept</strong> (Simplicity within the Three Circles): To go from good to great requires transcending the curse of competence. </li><li><strong>A Culture of Discipline:</strong> When you combine a culture of discipline with an ethic of entrepreneurship, you get the magical alchemy of great results. Technology Accelerators: Good-to-great companies think differently about the role of technology. </li><li><strong>The Flywheel and the Doom Loop:</strong> Those who launch radical change programs and wrenching restructurings will almost certainly fail to make the leap.</li></ul><p>鈥淪ome of the key concepts discerned in the study,鈥?comments Jim Collins, "fly in the face of our modern business culture and will, quite frankly, upset some people.鈥?</p><p>Perhaps, but who can afford to ignore these findings? </p>
To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make ...
by Lawrence Levy

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English

Pages

248

Publication Date

November 01, 2016

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鈥淟ovely and surprising . . . This delightful book is about finance, creative genius, workplace harmony, and luck.鈥濃€?lt;b><i>Fortune</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥滶nchanting,鈥濃€?lt;b><i>New York Times</i></b><br /><br /> 鈥淚 love this book! I think it is brilliant.鈥濃€?lt;b>Ed Catmull,</b> cofounder and president of Pixar Animation, president of Disney Animation, and coauthor of the bestseller <i>Creativity Inc.</i><br /><br /><b>The revelatory saga of Pixar鈥檚 rocky start and improbable success</b><br /><br /> After Steve Jobs was dismissed from Apple in the early 1990s, he turned his attention to a little鈥慿nown graphics company he owned called Pixar.聽One day, out of the blue, Jobs called Lawrence Levy, a Harvard鈥憈rained lawyer and executive to whom he had never spoken before. He hoped to persuade Levy to help him pull Pixar back from the brink of failure.聽<br /><br /> This is the extraordinary story of what happened next: how Jobs and Levy concocted and pulled off a highly improbable plan that transformed Pixar into one of Hollywood鈥檚 greatest success stories.聽Levy offers a masterful, firsthand account of how Pixar rose from humble beginnings, what it was like to work so closely with Jobs, and how Pixar鈥檚 story offers profound lessons that can apply to many aspects of our lives.聽<br /><br /> 聽鈥淧art business book and part thriller鈥攁 tale that鈥檚 every bit as compelling as the ones Pixar tells in its blockbuster movies. It鈥檚 also incredibly inspirational, a story about a team that took big risks and reaped the rewards . . . I loved this book and could not put it down.鈥濃€?lt;b>Dan Lyons</b>, best-selling author of <i>Disrupted</i><br /><br /> 鈥淎 natural storyteller, Levy offers an inside look at the business and a fresh, sympathetic view of Jobs.鈥?lt;b><i>鈥擲uccess Magazine</i></b><br /><br /><b>An Amazon Best Book of 2016 in Business & Leadership</b> 鈥?<b>A top pick on <i>Fortune</i>鈥檚 Favorite Booksof 2016 鈥?A 2017 Axiom Business Book Award winner in Memoir/Biography</b>

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