1,000 Dollars and an Idea: Entrepreneur to Billionaire: Expanded Edition Book

1,000 Dollars and an Idea: Entrepreneur to Billionaire: Expanded Edition
by Sam Wyly (Paperback Book)

Expanded edition with new chapters on the Great Crash of 2008 and looking ahead.

Self-made billionaire Sam Wyly is a natural storyteller. In this expanded edition of his memoir, he recounts his experiences establishing and expanding companies on the leading edge of advancements in technology, energy, retail, and investments over the last five decades. From the hardships his family faced trying to hold on to their cotton farm during the Depression to the coaching he received on the high school football field, Wyly describes how his early years in Louisiana prepared him for what lay ahead.

Risking $1,000 of his savings, Wyly founded University Computing in 1963 and took it public two years later, becoming a millionaire at the age of thirty. Throughout this book, he reveals the decisions and strategies behind his many business successes, including founding Sterling Software, growing the small chains of Michaels Stores and Bonanza Steakhouses into nationwide brands, and founding Green Mountain Energy, the largest provider of cleaner energy in America today.

Wyly also discusses the "Great Crash of 2008" in historical perspective, offering insights on our current financial crisis and the path to recoveryincluding the importance of green energy for the future.

If your business is struggling to get the phone ringing and door swinging, the ideas in this book can help you experience a complete turnaround. If you'd like to double or triple your local customer base this year, you should keep reading.

About the Author:
Sam Wyly, a self-made billionaire of Scottish and Irish descent, grew up in Louisiana and attended local schools before going to Louisiana Tech University to study journalism and accounting. He won a scholarship to the University of Michigan Business School, where he earned his MBA. With his brother, Charles, his partner in many of his businesses, Sam funded the Charles Wyly Sr. Tower of Learning at Louisana Tech, in memory of their father.

Sam, an avid reader and student of history, and his wife Cheryl own Explore Booksellers in Aspen, Colorado. Sam is also an active proponent of clean air through clean energy.

He has lived most of his adult life in Dallas, and also spends time in Aspen and in New York's Greenwich Village.

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Sam Wyly
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Biography & Autobiography
Business & Economics
Newmarket Press
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304 Pages
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1000 Dollars and an Idea : Entrepreneur to Billionaire: Expanded Edition
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