A father and son share their path to business ownership.
In this book, Glenn Edwards and his son Jordan provide a much-needed detour from the usual road-weary guides to self-employment. Combining elements of a memoir, a corporate biography, and business how-to, their work traces the Edwards family’s successful businesses from their inception: Chart Organization, a commercial real estate firm; and Mixology Clothing Company, which sells women’s attire. Mixology, founded a decade ago in New York City, has surpassed $10 million in annual sales, they note, but they make clear that they didn’t ride a bullet train to success; by their own admission, their stories also include half-million-dollar losses. Glenn Edwards (Coming into Your Own, 2017) and his debut co-author include lots of advice (“Learn from your mistakes. And, if you are smart, learn from other people’s mistakes, too”), and also provide lengthy, instructive interviews in Q&A format with colleagues (such as Mixology controller Eugene Parisi), business leaders, and even sports champions (such as mixed martial arts competitor Sensei Nardu Debra). Comprehensive lists of recommended reading make this a handy resource, as do the final appendices, which gather up the specific advice in each chapter as bullet points. At times, the book feels like one is eavesdropping on a business roundtable. Along the way, the authors quote an offbeat collection of figures; for instance, a quote from Socrates appears in the same chapter as one by real estate mogul and Shark Tank panelist Barbara Corcoran, who embraces the melding of best practices and attitude—voicing a theme that the authors agree with, but that doesn’t normally run through a business book: “The difference between successful people and others is how long they spend feeling sorry for themselves.”
A thorough work that provides useful perspectives on entrepreneurship.
Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.
Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").
Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)