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Losing My Virginity: How I Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way

Richard Branson

The unusual, frequently outrageous autobiography of one of the great business geniuses of our time, Richard Branson. In little more than twenty-five years, Richard Branson spawned nearly a hundred successful ventures.

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Publisher: Currency
Publish Date: 06/07/2011
Pages: 588
ISBN-13: 9780307720740
ISBN-10: 0307720748
Language: English

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August 08, 2008

Hardy Green at BusinessWeek has a quick piece on their website about big names with business books in the fall. Call Me Ted by Ted Turner was the splash at BEA in June, which included a party hosted by Larry King. Richard Branson follows Losing My Virginity and Screw It, Let's Do It with Business Stripped Bare. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

May 01, 2007

Stories from Start-ups

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Annie Marie Knott, visiting professor at Washington University, provided the recommended reading in yesterday's Wall Street Journal. The special section was on small business and Knott believes in reading entrepreneurial biographies. She says, "certain biographies can not only help readers get a sense of which business theories work, but also help them develop their own theories about how to find success. READ FULL DESCRIPTION

May 06, 2008

The Wall Street Journal yesterday had a major feature titled "New Breed of Business Gurus Rises. " The article provides a ranking of the thought leaders in business today. The ranking system is based on the 2003 book What's the Big Idea? READ FULL DESCRIPTION

August 05, 2011

How Did They Do It?

By Sally Haldorson

In our The 100 Best Business Books of All Time, we included a chapter of recommended biographies. Jack has always championed the form as a valid way to learn valuable business lessons, not just as good entertainment. In the opening of the chapter, we explained: How did they do it? READ FULL DESCRIPTION

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The unusual, frequently outrageous autobiography of one of the great business geniuses of our time, Richard Branson. In little more than twenty-five years, Richard Branson spawned nearly a hundred successful ventures. From the airline business (Virgin Atlantic Airways), to music (Virgin Records and V2), to cola (Virgin Cola), and others ranging from financial services to bridal wear, Branson has a track record second to none. Many of his companies were started in the face of entrenched competition. The experts said, "Don't do it." But Branson found golden opportunities in markets in which customers have been ripped off or underserved, where confusion reigns, and the competition is complacent. In this stressed-out, overworked age, Richard Branson gives us a new model: a dynamic, hardworking, successful entrepreneur who lives life to the fullest. Branson has written his own "rules" for success, creating a group of companies with a global presence, but no central headquarters, no management hierarchy, and minimal bureaucracy. Family, friends, fun, and adventure are equally important as business in his life. Losing My Virginity is a portrait of a productive, sane, balanced life, filled with rich and colorful stories, including: - Crash-landing his hot-air balloon in the Algerian desert, yet remaining determined to have another go at being the first to circle the globe - Signing the Sex Pistols, Janet Jackson, the Rolling Stones, Boy George, and Phil Collins - Fighting back when British Airways took on Virgin Atlantic and successfully suing this pillar of the British business establishment - Swimming two miles to safety during a violent storm off the coast of Mexico - Staging a rescue flight into Baghdad before the start of the Gulf War And much more. Losing My Virginity is the ultimate tale of personal and business survival from a man who combines the business prowess of Bill Gates and the promotional instincts of P. T. Barnum.

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