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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.
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.
Narrative Economics: How Stories Go Viral and Drive Major Economi...
by Robert J. Shiller

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English

Pages

388

Publication Date

October 01, 2019

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<p><b>From Nobel Prize鈥搘inning economist and <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author Robert Shiller, a new way to think about how popular stories help drive economic events</b></p><p>In a world in which internet troll farms attempt to influence foreign elections, can we afford to ignore the power of viral stories to affect economies? In this groundbreaking book, Nobel Prize鈥搘inning economist and <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author Robert Shiller offers a new way to think about the economy and economic change. Using a rich array of historical examples and data, Shiller argues that studying popular stories that affect individual and collective economic behavior鈥攚hat he calls "narrative economics"鈥攈as the potential to vastly improve our ability to predict, prepare for, and lessen the damage of financial crises, recessions, depressions, and other major economic events.</p><p>Spread through the public in the form of popular stories, ideas can go viral and move markets鈥攚hether it's the belief that tech stocks can only go up, that housing prices never fall, or that some firms are too big to fail. Whether true or false, stories like these鈥攖ransmitted by word of mouth, by the news media, and increasingly by social media鈥攄rive the economy by driving our decisions about how and where to invest, how much to spend and save, and more. But despite the obvious importance of such stories, most economists have paid little attention to them. <i>Narrative Economics</i> sets out to change that by laying the foundation for a way of understanding how stories help propel economic events that have had led to war, mass unemployment, and increased inequality.</p><p>The stories people tell鈥攁bout economic confidence or panic, housing booms, the American dream, or Bitcoin鈥攁ffect economic outcomes. <i>Narrative Economics</i> explains how we can begin to take these stories seriously. It may be Robert Shiller's most important book to date.</p>
The Intelligent Investor, Rev. Ed
by , Jason Zweig

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English

Pages

640

Publication Date

March 17, 2009

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<p>The greatest investment advisor of the twentieth century, Benjamin Graham taught and inspired people worldwide. Graham's philosophy of 鈥渧alue investing鈥濃€攚hich shields investors from substantial error and teaches them to develop long-term strategies鈥攈as made <em>The Intelligent Investor</em> the stock market bible ever since its original publication in 1949.</p><p>Over the years, market developments have proven the wisdom of Graham鈥檚 strategies. While preserving the integrity of Graham鈥檚 original text, this revised edition includes updated commentary by noted financial journalist Jason Zweig, whose perspective incorporates the realities of today鈥檚 market, draws parallels between Graham鈥檚 examples and today鈥檚 financial headlines, and gives readers a more thorough understanding of how to apply Graham鈥檚 principles.</p><p>Vital and indispensable, <em>The Intelligent Investor</em> is the most important book you will ever read on how to reach your financial goals.</p>
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Pers...
by Stephen R. Covey

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English

Pages

372

Publication Date

January 01, 2016

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<h3><strong>#1 Amazon Best Seller! 鈥?Wall Street Journal Best Seller! 鈥?Infographics Edition</strong></h3><p><strong>What are the habits of successful people?</strong>聽<em>The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People</em>聽has captivated readers for 25 years. It has transformed the lives of Presidents and CEOs, educators, parents, and students鈥攊n short, millions of people of all ages and occupations have benefited from Dr. Covey's 7 Habits book. And, it can transform you.</p><p><strong>Infographics Edition:聽</strong>Stephen Covey鈥檚 cherished classic commemorates the timeless wisdom and power of the 7 Habits book, and does it in a highly readable and understandable, infographics format.</p><p><strong>This 7 Habits book guides you through each habit step-by-step:</strong></p><ul><li>Habit 1: Be Proactive</li><li>Habit 2: Begin With The End In Mind</li><li>Habit 3: Put First Things First</li><li>Habit 4: Think Win-Win</li><li>Habit 5: Seek First To Understand Then Be Understood</li><li>Habit 6: Synergize</li><li>Habit 7: Sharpen The Saw</li></ul><p><strong>Dr. Covey's 7 Habits book is one of the most inspiring and impactful books ever written.</strong>聽Now you can enjoy and learn critical lessons about the habits of successful people that will enrich your life's experience. And, it's in an inforgraphics format that makes it easy for you to learn and apply Dr. Covey's habits of successful people.</p>
Profit First: Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster ...
by Mike Michalowicz

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English

Pages

222

Publication Date

January 18, 2017

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<b>Author of cult classics <i>The Pumpkin Plan </i>and <i>The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur </i>offers a simple, counterintuitive cash management solution that will help small businesses break out of the doom spiral and achieve instant profitability.</b><br /><br />Conventional accounting uses the logical (albeit, flawed) formula: Sales - Expenses = Profit. The problem is, businesses are run by humans, and humans aren't always logical. Serial entrepreneur Mike Michalowicz has developed a behavioral approach to accounting to flip the formula: Sales - Profit = Expenses. Just as the most effective weight loss strategy is to limit portions by using smaller plates, Michalowicz shows that by taking profit first and apportioning only what remains for expenses, entrepreneurs will transform their businesses from cash-eating monsters to profitable cash cows. Using Michalowicz's Profit First system, readers will learn that:<br /><br />路 Following 4 simple principles can simplify accounting and make it easier to manage a profitable business by looking at bank account balances.<br />路 A small, profitable business can be worth much more than a large business surviving on its top line.<br />路 Businesses that attain early and sustained profitability have a better shot at achieving聽long-term growth.<br /><br />With dozens of case studies, practical, step-by-step advice, and his signature sense of humor, Michalowicz has the game-changing roadmap for any entrepreneur to make money they always dreamed of.
The Rule: How I Beat the Odds in the Markets and in Life-and How ...
by Larry Hite

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English

Pages

256

Publication Date

September 27, 2019

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<strong>The empowering story of Larry Hite鈥檚 unlikely rise to the top of the hedge fund world鈥攚ith critical insights and lessons you can take to the bank<br /> </strong><br /><br />In <em>The Rule</em>, legendary trader and hedge fund pioneer Larry Hite recounts his working-class upbringing in Brooklyn as a dyslexic, partially blind kid who was anything but a model student鈥攁nd how he went on to found and run Mint Investment Management Company, one of the most profitable and largest quantitative hedge funds in the world.<br /> <br /><br />Hite鈥檚 wild success is based on his deep understanding that markets are flawed鈥攋ust like people. Through his early-life struggles and failures, Hite came to know himself well鈥攈is fears, his frustrations, his self-doubt, and his tolerance for all of the above. This motivational book reveals that by accepting the facts of his life and of himself, he was able to accept markets as they are. And that was the key to his success.<br /> <br /><br />In these pages, you鈥檒l walk of the footsteps of an investing legend, who imparts smart, practical trading lessons throughout the journey. Making a successful living in trading isn鈥檛 about beating the markets. It鈥檚 about meeting markets where they are, embracing the fact of risk, knowing yourself, and playing it strictly by the numbers.<br /> <br /> <em>The Rule</em> shows that investing decisions are not only bets or gambles, but investments in time, energy, and attention. By focusing on realistic returns on your investments鈥攙ersus what you expect or hope to get鈥攜ou immediately improve your probability for success.<br /> <br /> <br />
The Little Book of Common Sense Investing: The Only Way to Guaran...
by John C. Bogle

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English

Pages

287

Publication Date

September 20, 2017

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<p><b>The best-selling investing "bible" offers new information, new insights, and new perspectives </b></p> <p><i>The Little Book of Common Sense Investing</i>聽is the classic guide to getting smart about the market. Legendary mutual fund 聽pioneer John C. Bogle reveals his key to getting more out of investing: low-cost index funds. Bogle describes the simplest and most effective investment strategy for building wealth over the long term: buy and hold, at very low cost, a mutual fund that tracks a broad stock market Index such as the S&P 500.</p> <p>While the stock market has tumbled and then soared since the first edition of <i>Little Book of Common Sense</i> was published in April 2007, Bogle鈥檚 investment principles have endured and served investors well.聽 This tenth anniversary edition includes updated data and new information but maintains the same long-term perspective as in its predecessor.聽</p> <p>Bogle has also added two new chapters designed to provide further guidance to investors:聽 one on asset allocation, the other on retirement investing.</p> <p>A portfolio focused on index funds is the only investment that effectively guarantees聽your fair share of stock market returns. This strategy is favored by Warren Buffett, who said this about Bogle: 鈥淚f a statue is ever erected to honor the person who has done the most for American investors, the hands-down choice should be Jack Bogle. For decades, Jack has urged investors to invest in ultra-low-cost index funds. . . . Today, however, he has the satisfaction of knowing that he helped millions of investors realize far better returns on their savings than they otherwise would have earned. He is a hero to them and to me.鈥?lt;/p> <p>Bogle shows you how to make index investing work for you and help you achieve your financial goals, and finds support from some of the world's best financial minds: not only Warren Buffett, but Benjamin Graham, Paul Samuelson, Burton Malkiel, Yale鈥檚 David Swensen, Cliff Asness of AQR, and many others.</p> <p>This new edition of聽<i>The</i> <i>Little Book of Common Sense Investing</i>聽offers you the same solid strategy as its predecessor for building your financial future.</p> <ul> <li>Build a broadly diversified, low-cost portfolio without the risks of individual stocks, manager selection, or sector rotation.</li> <li>Forget the fads and marketing hype, and focus on what works in the real world.</li> <li>Understand that stock returns are generated by three sources (dividend yield, earnings growth, and change in market valuation) in order to establish rational expectations for stock returns over the coming decade.</li> <li>Recognize that in the long run, business reality 聽trumps market expectations.</li> <li>Learn how to harness the magic of compounding returns while avoiding the tyranny of compounding costs.</li> </ul> <p>While index investing allows you to sit back and let the market do the work for you, too many investors trade frantically, turning a winner鈥檚 game into a loser鈥檚 game. <i>The Little Book of Common Sense Investing</i>聽is a solid guidebook to your financial future.</p>
Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist
by , Jason Mendelson

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English

Pages

345

Publication Date

August 27, 2019

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<p><b>Help take your startup to the next step with the new and revised edition of the popular book on the VC deal process鈥攆rom the co-founders of the Foundry Group</b></p> <p>How do venture capital deals come together? This is one of the most frequent questions asked by each generation of new entrepreneurs. Surprisingly, there is little reliable information on the subject. No one understands this better than Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson. The founders and driving force behind the Foundry Group鈥攁 venture capital firm focused on investing in early-stage information technology companies鈥擝rad and Jason have been involved in hundreds of venture capital financings. Their investments range from small startups to large Series A venture financing rounds. The new edition of <i>Venture Deals</i> continues to show fledgling entrepreneurs the inner-workings of the VC process, from the venture capital term sheet and effective negotiating strategies to the initial seed and the later stages of development.</p> <p>Fully updated to reflect the intricacies of startups and entrepreneurship in today's dynamic economic environment, this new edition includes revisions and updates to coverage on negotiating, gender issues, ICO鈥檚, and economic terms. New chapters examine legal and procedural considerations relevant to fundraising, bank debt, equity and convertible debt, how to hire an investment banker to sell a company, and more.</p> <ul> <li>Provides valuable, real-world insights into venture capital structure and strategy</li> <li>Explains and clarifies the VC term sheet and other misunderstood aspects of capital funding</li> <li>Helps to build collaborative and supportive relationships between entrepreneurs and investors</li> <li>Draws from the author鈥檚 years of practical experience in the VC arena</li> <li>Includes extensively revised and updated content throughout to increase readability and currency</li> </ul> <p><i>Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist</i> is a must-have resource for Any aspiring entrepreneur, venture capitalist, or lawyer involved in VC deals as well as students and instructors in related areas of study.</p>
Secrets of Sand Hill Road: Venture Capital and How to Get It
by Scott Kupor

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English

Pages

320

Publication Date

June 04, 2019

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<b>A <i>Wall Street Journal</i>聽Bestseller!<br /><br />What are venture capitalists saying about your startup behind closed doors? And what can you do to influence that conversation?</b><br /><br />If Silicon Valley is the greatest wealth-generating machine in the world, Sand Hill Road is its humming engine. That's where you'll find the biggest names in venture capital, including famed VC firm Andreessen Horowitz, where lawyer-turned-entrepreneur-turned-VC Scott Kupor serves as managing partner.<br /><br />Whether you're trying to get a new company off the ground or scale an existing business to the next level, you need to understand how VCs think. In <i>Secrets of Sand Hill Road</i>, Kupor explains exactly how VCs decide where and how much to invest, and how entrepreneurs can get the best possible deal and make the most of their relationships with VCs. Kupor explains, for instance:<br /><br />聽聽聽鈥⒙燱hy most VCs typically invest in only one startup in a given business category. <br /><br />聽聽聽鈥⒙燱hy the skill you need most when raising venture capital is the ability to tell a compelling story. <br /><br />聽聽聽鈥⒙燞ow to handle a "down round," when startups have to raise funds at a lower valuation than in the previous round. <br /><br />聽聽聽鈥⒙燱hat to do when VCs get too entangled in the day-to-day operations of the business. <br /><br />聽聽聽鈥⒙燱hy you need to build relationships with potential acquirers long before you decide to sell. <br /><br /> Filled with Kupor's firsthand experiences, insider advice, and practical takeaways, <i>Secrets of Sand Hill Road</i> is the guide every entrepreneur needs to turn their startup into the next unicorn.

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