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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 •  NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY: NPR,<i> The New York Times Book Review</i>, <i>Time</i>, <i>Wall Street Journal, Washington Post</i> • The McKinsey Business Book of the Year </b><br />  <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—now the subject of the HBO documentary <i>The Inventor—</i>by the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story and pursued it to the end.<br /><br /> “The 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.” —Bill 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 “unicorn” 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’s worth at an estimated $4.7 billion. There was just one problem: The technology didn’t 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.
Job Optional*: *The science of retiring with confidence; the art ...
by Casey Weade

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English

Pages

240

Publication Date

June 25, 2019

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Job Optional is a thoughtful and down to earth guide to retirement planning that offers unbiased, commonsense advice based upon the author’s experience as a retirement planning professional. It offers both a primer to the financial world as well as a step-by-step guide to planning your own retirement. It is written in terms that a newcomer to investing can understand while providing all the pertinent information necessary to make informed financial decisions. It acts as a primer that takes a complicated topic and makes it accessible, while not diluting the information.<br /><br />Interestingly, for a book about money, the first recommended step in financial planning has nothing to do with the stock market or annuities, but the need for an individual to have a life purpose. One’s goal should be to identify this purpose and to create a plan set out to organize your assets in such a way to most efficiently accomplish that end. Once this has been decided, the next step is into the world of finance.<br /><br />This begins with an analysis of today’s investment risks. Once the risks are understood, specific strategies to overcome them are determined. A plan is created that ends with a final, written product. To do this, requires a solid understanding of the financial world and reading Job Optional makes this possible. <br /><br />Five chapters deal specifically with financial concepts, strategies, and terms, ordered as an organized outline to the logical steps in retirement planning. These are: purpose-based asset allocation, liquidity planning, income planning, growth planning, and estate planning.<br /><br />The book is a wealth of information as it describes the many elements and strategies of financial planning. Look here to learn about such things as the 4-percent withdrawal rule; strategies for interest-only, real-income, and guaranteed lifetime income; advice on watching your expenses; information on maximizing your legacy that includes basic IRA strategies; a list of basic documents such as powers of attorney and living wills; what to consider when choosing — or breaking up with — a financial advisor. The information is in-depth, detailed, and complete.<br /><br />In places, and this is a strong point as this makes abstract financial concepts real and understandable and adds interest and color. The book takes a friendly, conversational, tone as the investment information is intertwined with stories taken from the author’s life, his parents’ lives, and his clients. Retirement brings with it its own set of life changes, challenges, and situations. The sharing of these stories makes financial planning real. It also underscores the book’s message that success isn’t money, but purposeful living, and that good financial planning will allow you to achieve this goal and be a success on your own terms.
The Intelligent Investor, Rev. Ed
by , Jason Zweig

Language

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 “value investing”—which shields investors from substantial error and teaches them to develop long-term strategies—has 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’s strategies. While preserving the integrity of Graham’s original text, this revised edition includes updated commentary by noted financial journalist Jason Zweig, whose perspective incorporates the realities of today’s market, draws parallels between Graham’s examples and today’s financial headlines, and gives readers a more thorough understanding of how to apply Graham’s 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>
Aftermath: Seven Secrets of Wealth Preservation in the Coming Cha...
by James Rickards

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English

Pages

335

Publication Date

July 23, 2019

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<b>A<i> Wall Street Journal</i> bestseller<br /><br />Financial expert, investment advisor and <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author James Rickards shows why and how global financial markets are being artificially inflated--and what smart investors can do to protect their assets </b><br /><br />What goes up, must come down. As any student of financial history knows, the dizzying heights of the stock market can't continue indefinitely--especially since asset prices have been artificially inflated by investor optimism around the Trump administration, ruinously low interest rates, and the infiltration of behavioral economics into our financial lives. The elites are prepared, but what's the average investor to do? <br /><br />James Rickards, the author of the prescient books <i>Currency Wars</i>, <i>The Death of Money</i>, and <i>The Road to Ruin</i>, lays out the true risks to our financial system, and offers invaluable advice on how best to weather the storm. You'll learn, for instance: <br /><br />  <b>*</b>  How behavioral economists prop up the market: Funds that administer 401(k)s use all kinds of tricks to make you invest more, inflating asset prices to unsustainable levels.<br />  <b>*</b>  Why digital currencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum are best avoided. <br />  <b>*</b>  Why passive investing has been overhyped: The average investor has been scolded into passively managed index funds. But active investors will soon have a big advantage.<br />  <b>*</b>  What the financial landscape will look like after the next crisis: it will not be an apocalypse, but it will be radically different. Those who forsee this landscape can prepare now to preserve wealth.<br /><br />Provocative, stirring, and full of counterintuitive advice, <i>Aftermath</i> is the book every smart investor will want to get their hands on--as soon as possible.
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> 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 />   • Why most VCs typically invest in only one startup in a given business category. <br /><br />   • Why the skill you need most when raising venture capital is the ability to tell a compelling story. <br /><br />   • How to handle a "down round," when startups have to raise funds at a lower valuation than in the previous round. <br /><br />   • What to do when VCs get too entangled in the day-to-day operations of the business. <br /><br />   • Why 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.
Bitcoin Billionaires: A True Story of Genius, Betrayal, and Redem...
by Ben Mezrich

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English

Pages

278

Publication Date

May 21, 2019

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<p><b>From Ben Mezrich, the <i>New York Times </i>bestselling author of <i>The Accidental Billionaires </i>and <i>Bringing Down the House, </i>comes <i>Bitcoin Billionaires</i>--the fascinating story of brothers Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss's big bet on crypto-currency and its dazzling pay-off.</b><br /><b></b> <br />Ben Mezrich's 2009 bestseller <i>The Accidental Billionaires</i> is the definitive account of Facebook's founding and the basis for the Academy Award–winning film <i>The Social Network</i>. Two of the story's iconic characters are Harvard students Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss: identical twins, Olympic rowers, and foils to Mark Zuckerberg. <i>Bitcoin Billionaires</i> is the story of the brothers’ redemption and revenge in the wake of their epic legal battle with Facebook. </p><p>Planning to start careers as venture capitalists, the brothers quickly discover that no one will take their money after their fight with Zuckerberg. While nursing their wounds in Ibiza, they accidentally run into an eccentric character who tells them about a brand-new idea: cryptocurrency. Immersing themselves in what is then an obscure and sometimes sinister world, they begin to realize “crypto” is, in their own words, "either the next big thing or total bulls--t." There’s nothing left to do but make a bet. </p><p>From the Silk Road to the halls of the Securities and Exchange Commission, <i>Bitcoin Billionaires</i> will take us on a wild and surprising ride while illuminating a tantalizing economic future. On November 26, 2017, the Winklevoss brothers became the first bitcoin billionaires. Here’s the story of how they got there—as only Ben Mezrich could tell it.</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 />· Following 4 simple principles can simplify accounting and make it easier to manage a profitable business by looking at bank account balances.<br />· A small, profitable business can be worth much more than a large business surviving on its top line.<br />· Businesses that attain early and sustained profitability have a better shot at achieving 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 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> is the classic guide to getting smart about the market. Legendary mutual fund  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’s investment principles have endured and served investors well.  This tenth anniversary edition includes updated data and new information but maintains the same long-term perspective as in its predecessor. </p> <p>Bogle has also added two new chapters designed to provide further guidance to investors:  one on asset allocation, the other on retirement investing.</p> <p>A portfolio focused on index funds is the only investment that effectively guarantees your fair share of stock market returns. This strategy is favored by Warren Buffett, who said this about Bogle: “If 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.”</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’s David Swensen, Cliff Asness of AQR, and many others.</p> <p>This new edition of <i>The</i> <i>Little Book of Common Sense Investing</i> 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  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’s game into a loser’s game. <i>The Little Book of Common Sense Investing</i> is a solid guidebook to your financial future.</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! — Wall Street Journal Best Seller! — Infographics Edition</strong></h3><p><strong>What are the habits of successful people?</strong> <em>The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People</em> has captivated readers for 25 years. It has transformed the lives of Presidents and CEOs, educators, parents, and students—in 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: </strong>Stephen Covey’s 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> 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>
Buy Then Build: How Acquisition Entrepreneurs Outsmart the Startu...
by Walker Deibel

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English

Pages

312

Publication Date

October 30, 2018

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Entrepreneurs have a problem: startups. Almost all startups either fail or never truly reach a sustainable size. Despite the popularity of entrepreneurship, we haven’t engineered a better way to start. …Until now.What if you could skip the startup phase and generate profitable revenue on day one?In Buy Then Build, acquisition entrepreneur Walker Deibel shows you how to begin with a sustainable, profitable company and grow from there. You’ll learn how to: <br /><br />● Buy an existing company rather than starting from scratch<br />● Use ownership as a path to financial independence<br />● Spend a fraction of the time raising capital<br />● Find great brokers, generate your own “deal flow,” and see new listings early<br />● Uncover the best opportunities and biggest risks of any company<br />● Navigate the acquisition process<br />● Become a successful acquisition entrepreneur<br />● And more<br /><br />Buy Then Build is your guide to outsmart the startup game, live the entrepreneurial lifestyle, and reap the financial rewards of ownership now.

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