Brilliant, Crazy, Cocky: How the Top 1% of Entrepreneurs Profit from Global Chaos (英語) ハードカバー – 2011/2/8
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An unforgettable portrait of the emerging world's entrepreneurial dynamos Brilliant, Crazy, Cocky is the story about that top 1% of people who do more to change their worlds through greed and ambition than politicians, NGOs and nonprofits ever can. This new breed of self-starter is taking local turmoil and turning it into opportunities, making millions, creating thousands of jobs and changing the face of modern entrepreneurship at the same time. To tell this story, Lacy spent forty weeks traveling through Asia, South America and Africa hunting down the most impressive up-and-comers the developed world has never heard of....yet. The individuals profiled in Brilliant, Crazy, Cocky are distinct products of their own cultures, yet they share that same unmistakable cocktail of delusion, ambition, and brilliance that drove Bill Gates, Fred Smith, Donald Trump, and every other iconic American entrepreneur of the last few decades.
‘…gripping…a fabulous paean to hard–core entrepreneurial spirit…original, penetrating and brilliantly entertaining.’ (Telegraph.co.uk, February 2011).商品の説明をすべて表示する
Lacy produces succinct summaries of the local factors in each case which direct the way ideas are harnessed and how new business is established and encouraged.
A theme which fascinates is how in each case if you improve the lot of the ideas people and encourage them to get established, the flow- on effects for many of the really disadvantaged are hugely enhanced as jobs are created and money is put into circulation. Quite simply it is a record of differing approaches to the way entrepreneurs ultimately give people a plan and hope for the future because they have the dignity of a job and the ability to make a contribution.
The book primarily focuses on five emerging markets: China, India, Israel, Rwanda and Brazil. Each has it's own set of strengths and weaknesses. India has it's "invisible infrastructure" including mobile telephony and it's service economy. Israelis "make great entrepreneurs" who live like there is no tomorrow.
While China is a notoriously difficult country to do business in, it's emerging as the leading world powerhouse. Things move faster in China and millions of people have been moved out of poverty in the last decade. It's communism that has embraced capitalism.
A lot of this information isn't news to most people who follow technology, world economics, and venture capital. It's the personal touch that Lacy brings to the table. It's the inspiring personalities, like Marco Gomes in Brazil, brought up in a poor farming community to becoming a successful internet advertising entrepreneur. And, in a recent interview, Lacy says that her dream coffee date would be Pony Ma, CEO of Tencent, a Chinese company that is now the third largest internet company in the world.
Lacy tells us their life stories, so we get to know them more intimately and understand the risks and struggles they went through, especially in their nascent markets.
The beginning of the book puts the U.S. economy in it's place. And it's not a pretty picture. More money is flowing away from Silicon Valley as more venture capitalists start investing in the new emerging markets like China and Brazil where there are greenfield opportunities that aren't bogged down with heavy regulations, like Sarbanes Oxley.
Sarah says she hopes "Everyone in the US reads my new book -- less for royalties and more to raise awareness about the amazing entrepreneurs in the emerging world." This, "Brilliant, Crazy, Cocky..." book is Sarah's third and it's served to make her name synonymous with technology, venture capital and savvy entrepreneurs. Now on a global scale. Let's hope she writes another, this time about smart and inspiring entrepreneurs in Russia, Scandinavia, Mexico...
The book could serve as a wake-up call for the US. Lacy presciently quotes Gary Pisano of Harvard Business School: "The prevailing view of the past 25 years has been that the U.S. can thrive as a center of innovation and leave the manufacturing of products it invents and designs to others. Nothing could be further than the truth." Lacy then adds that "[b]y not making things anymore, the United States is losing touch with how to invent."
Stepping up to fill the void? The 'brilliant, crazy, and cocky' that fill these pages.