Created from their personal journals begun at business school comes an intimate, insightful and often funny look inside the minds of two young entrepreneurs as they chronicle the adventures of their start-up business. In the spring of 1999 John Lusk, erstwhile business school student and budding entrepreneur, found himself in a very difficult position. Graduation was fast approaching and he had yet to find the 'big idea' which would launch his undoubtedly successful start-up business and his entrepreneurial career. He knew that he didn't want to join his fellow students in the dot.com bonanza but that's about all he knew. Then one fortuitous day he came across Kyle Harrison, another Wharton man shying well clear of the dot.commers and looking for a start-up of his own. But what Kyle had in his favour was 'the idea'. Thus armed with their credit cards, MBA degrees and the very simple idea of a computer mouse shaped like the head of a golf driver, sketched out on the back of a coaster, the authors chronicle their successes, failures and the emotional rollercoaster as they strive to take their MouseDriver from classroom to shopfloor. Full of passion, wit and peppered with concrete information, this wonderfully entertaining book crosses the boundaries between pop culture and business and will appeal to anyone whether they are a would-be entrepreneur or not.
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John Lusk and Kyle Harrison seemed slightly out of their minds when, unlike their fellow MBAs, they skipped on flashy, lucrative offers from dot-coms to become entrepreneurs. Specifically, to produce and sell a computer mouse designed to look like a golf-club head (a state-of-the-art titanium driver to be exact). "I wanted to feel the pain of starting a company," Lusk writes in this clear and insightful memoir, "to go into debt, have my ego crushed and experience first-hand the thrill of working like a dog for months without a paycheck." Since he also expected to make a million in two years, it's not surprising that all these come to pass. The duo struggle with the fundamentals of making and selling, run-ins with typhoons, shabby off-shore manufacturing, and soon dot-com envy sets in. But when the dot-coms start going belly-up, this little-retail-product-company-that-could shows that the basics of business still apply--a handy lesson for those wondering what happened after the dot-com crash, as well as any would-be entrepreneurs wanting to make a go of it. --Lesley ReedAbout the Author :
Kyle Harrison and John Lusk both graduated from Wharton Business School in 1999, instead of taking the easy route into the lucrative dot.com and venture capital industries they decided to strike out on their own. Two years down the line they're not millionaires but they are the co-founders of a successful business and have a particularly nice view of San Francisco Bay from the windows of their (very) small office.
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Description du livre Free Press. État : New. . N° de réf. du libraire H17OS-NN68
Description du livre Free Press, 2002. Paperback. État : New. book. N° de réf. du libraire 0743221400