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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.
What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence
by Stephen A. Schwarzman

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English

Pages

384

Publication Date

September 17, 2019

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<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—at least they think they do. He’s the man who took $400,000 and co-founded Blackstone, the investment firm that manages over $500 billion (as of January 2019). He’s the CEO whose views are sought by heads of state. He’s the billionaire philanthropist who founded Schwarzman Scholars, this century’s 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’s 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’t come easy. Schwarzman focused intensely on culture, hiring great talent, and establishing processes that allow the firm to systematically analyze and evaluate risk. Schwarzman’s simple mantra “don’t lose money” 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—the single largest philanthropic effort in China’s history from international donors.<br /> <br />Schwarzman’s 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 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>
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>
Don't Run Out of Money: How to Plan and Invest for Retirement Suc...
by David Seibel

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English

Pages

219

Publication Date

August 23, 2019

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<p>Ready or not, retirement is coming. Will you be ready? While many people think success will come from focusing on the markets and the balance in their retirement accounts, Don’t Run Out of Money will show the reader that the key to achieving retirement success is creating, executing, and following a comprehensive financial plan based on your goals for the retirement you imagine. This book will teach you the complete process for retirement planning, including how to manage the various risks that can derail your plans, the proper use of financial products and how to get the help you need. </p><br /><p>In these pages you’ll discover:</p><br /><ul><br /><li>The 12 questions you must ask an advisor to determine what they do, who they really work for and how you can ensure you get the advice you need</li><br /><li>The dangers in taking shortcuts, following outdated rules-of-thumb, and relying on online retirement calculators or quickie financial planning tools</li><br /><li>The one goal that must be included in the planning process</li><br /><li>The risks that are far more dangerous to your plan than market risk</li><br /><li>And much more to ensure you Don’t Run Out of Money</li><br /></ul>
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–winning 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–winning 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—what he calls "narrative economics"—has 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—whether 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—transmitted by word of mouth, by the news media, and increasingly by social media—drive 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—about economic confidence or panic, housing booms, the American dream, or Bitcoin—affect 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>
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>
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.
The Wealthy Gardener: Life Lessons on Prosperity between Father a...
by John Soforic

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English

Pages

433

Publication Date

September 22, 2018

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<p><strong>“A financial classic of timeless wisdom. It changed me forever.” ––Tom Brown</strong></p><hr><p><strong>They dubbed him the Wealthy Gardener</strong> due to his vast fortune and his passion for backyard gardening. The silly nickname stuck, and he didn't object to it. Instead, within a year he renamed his vineyards <em>The Wealthy Gardens.</em></p><p>He enjoyed the name because it reminded him of a metaphor comparing life to a plot of land.</p><p>Gardeners are not afraid of working hard to shape their landscape, but they are also aware of a mysterious Unseen Force that operates behind the scenes to make the plants grow.</p><p><br /></p><p><strong>#1 Personal Finance Book of 2019 </strong><em>––The College Investor</em></p><p><strong>#3 Best Personal Finance Books </strong><em>–– Steve Scott, Develop Good Habits</em></p><p><br /></p><p><strong>The Reviews Say It Best. . .</strong></p><p><em> “A <strong>masterpiece</strong> that will be talked about for generations to come.” ––Richard W Rinck</em></p><p><em>“The parable itself is worthy of a<strong> legendary book.” </strong>––Mike Morgenstein</em></p><p><em>“This is the <strong>Book of the Year</strong>, if not the decade!” ––Eric Simmons</em></p><p><em>”It’s better than <strong>Think and Grow Rich.”</strong> ––Ennis Seamus</em></p><p><em>“Best book since <strong>Rich Dad, Poor Dad!!</strong> I’m thinking it’s even better.” ––Ben Tallberg</em></p><p><em>“The <strong>Bible </strong>of enlightened wealth. This one is for the family library.” ––Perry Lai</em></p><p><em>“One of the <strong>most important</strong> books I’ve ever read.” ––Susan Sloate, best-selling author of Forward To Camelot and Stealing Fire</em></p><p><em>“The <strong>best book </strong>I’ve ever read on the “Every Man” way of accumulating wealth.” ––Eddie Wong, former Wall Street executive</em></p><p><br /></p><p><strong>The Audio Book Reviews. . .</strong></p><p><em>"The best book I have! It is <strong>absolutely brilliant.</strong>" ––Will, Audio book Review</em></p><p><em>"Superb. <strong>Instant classic.</strong> It will change your life." ––TheTotalConcept, Audio book Review</em></p><p><strong><em>"Instant favorite.</em></strong><em>  I love this book." ––Steve, Audio book review</em></p><p><br /></p><p><strong>Father and Son background. . .</strong></p><p><em>The Wealthy Gardener</em> is an intimate classic because it was written by a financially independent father for his ambitious son.</p><p>The father and son met weekly to discuss lessons on prosperity. A parable was used to clarify financial insights and maintain the son’s interest. This private education between the father and son lasted two years. These two years culminated in this remarkable book.</p><p>It is a treasure that you’ll want to keep on your desktop as a reference guide, review many times, and refer to your children, nieces, nephews and friends.</p><p><br /></p><p><strong>Topics you’ll explore in the book. . .</strong></p><ul><li>How the pursuit of wealth can be a noble adventure</li><li>Why earning excess money is wise and necessary</li><li>Why work that fulfills you is vital to amassing wealth</li><li>How to surmount obstacles that trap the masses in debt and wage slavery</li><li>How to engage free time to win your freedom</li><li>How to use financial fears as compelling motivators</li><li>How to tap intuition to sense opportunities and avoid calamity</li><li>How to transform your financial life within five years</li><li>How to cause lucky breaks through mental practices</li><li>How to amass enough money to never again have to worry about money</li></ul><hr><p><strong>“The author’s noble intention of writing this book for his son is now a blessing for all those seeking financial freedom.” ––Joe Stanton</strong></p><p><em>“As a guide to prosperity and happiness it <strong>is extraordinary.”</strong> ––Grady Harp</em></p>

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