A marvelously succinct introduction to entrepreneurship.

BEYOND SILICON VALLEY

HOW ONE ONLINE COURSE HELPED SUPPORT GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURS

A wide-ranging discussion of how to create thriving entrepreneurial communities with the assistance of online education.

In 2012, while teaching entrepreneurship at the National Economics University in Hanoi,Vietnam, as part of the Fulbright Scholarship Program, debut author Goldberg (Entrepreneurship/Case Western Reserve Univ.) was asked to provide a course on how that Southeast Asian country could emulate the success of California’s Silicon Valley. Instead, he decided to use his native northeast Ohio as a cautionary example—an area that once boomed as a center for shipping and steel manufacturing, but then spiraled into decline in the middle of the 20th century. The seminar was so successful that Goldberg was encouraged to re-create it when he returned to Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, where he’s an assistant professor. This time, it was a massive open online course (MOOC) that spread virally; it was eventually translated into 16 languages. This book is an accessible version of that seminar, roughly divided into two parts: stories about international entrepreneurs adapting to their unique political and economic environments, and a case study of Cleveland’s impressive economic turnaround. Its global breadth is remarkable—the author collects anecdotes about entrepreneurial success in Tbilisi, Georgia; Gaborone, Botswana; and Düsseldorf, Germany, among many other locations, and discusses the political challenges to business innovation in environments such as Venezuela and Iran. Along the way, Goldberg touches upon a host of issues, including government intervention, mentorship, networking, and philanthropy. The author clearly intends this work as an introduction; for instance, he doesn’t take for granted that readers will be familiar with the concept of the angel investor. He also treats each topic synoptically, rather than exhaustively, seemingly designing them as gateways to future study. Nevertheless, the discussions are notably incisive, despite their brevity, and are very candid about both the vices and virtues of MOOC-driven learning. The overarching point of the book is powerful: that the Silicon Valley model isn’t one that can or should be duplicated everywhere, and that there are other equally innovative ways to foster a culture of business ingenuity. 

A marvelously succinct introduction to entrepreneurship. 

Pub Date: May 3, 2018

ISBN: 978-0-9998352-0-3

Page Count: 224

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: May 29, 2018

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WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

A LIFETIME OF RECORDINGS

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)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. AND THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON

This early reader is an excellent introduction to the March on Washington in 1963 and the important role in the march played by Martin Luther King Jr. Ruffin gives the book a good, dramatic start: “August 28, 1963. It is a hot summer day in Washington, D.C. More than 250,00 people are pouring into the city.” They have come to protest the treatment of African-Americans here in the US. With stirring original artwork mixed with photographs of the events (and the segregationist policies in the South, such as separate drinking fountains and entrances to public buildings), Ruffin writes of how an end to slavery didn’t mark true equality and that these rights had to be fought for—through marches and sit-ins and words, particularly those of Dr. King, and particularly on that fateful day in Washington. Within a year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had been passed: “It does not change everything. But it is a beginning.” Lots of visual cues will help new readers through the fairly simple text, but it is the power of the story that will keep them turning the pages. (Easy reader. 6-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-448-42421-5

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2000

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