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Rules for Revolutionaries: The Capitalist Manifesto for Creating and Marketing New Products and Servicesby Guy Kawasaki
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"Life for a revolutionary is all about kicking but: 'You have an interesting product, but...' 'I can see where there needs to be a better way, but...''I'd like to help you, but...'"
Guy Kawasaki, former chief evangelist of Apple Computer Inc., and renegade business strategist is back with a "but-kicking" manifesto, Rules for Revolutionaries. Kawasaki inspires world-changing innovation--this time using his battle-tested lessons to help revolutionaries become visionaries. With his trademark irreverence and go-for-broke attitude, Kawasaki lays out the solutions to the challenges that companies must meet to change the world.
Rules for Revolutionaries is divided into three sections:
Create Like a God. This section explains how to create revolutionary products and services. Kawasaki turns the conventional wisdom--which suggests that breakthrough insights appear when you're in the heightened and altered state of sitting in a beanbag chair squirting colleagues with water pistols--on its head. He shows how the key to creating a revolution is analyzing how to approach the problem at hand.
Command Like a King. In order for a revolution to be successful, someone has to take charge and make tough, insightful, and strategic decisions. From breaking down the barriers that prevent product adoption to avoiding "death magnets" (the stupid mistakes just about everyone makes), these are the strategies revolutionaries cannot go without.
Work Like a Slave. Successful revolutions require hard work--lots of hard work. To go from revolutionary to visionary, you'll need to eat like a bird--relentlessly absorbing knowledge about your industry, customers, and competition--and poop like an elephant--spreading the large amount of information and knowledge that you've gained.
Jam-packed with examples that are not just "real world," but real-world-turned-on-its-ear and man-bites-dog in nature, Rules for Revolutionaries presents a grab bag of insights from top innovators such as Apple, Amazon.com, Dell Computer, Hallmark, and Gillette, and a rich store of hands-on experience from the front lines of business revolution. Kawasaki's relentless enthusiasm and verve will empower you, whether you're an entrepreneur, engineer, inventor, manager, or small-business owner, to turn your dreams into reality, your realty into products, and your products into customer magnets.
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Apparently believing that among the spoils of the Cold War was the vocabulary of the vanquished, applies now empty hyperbole to business strategies for battling competition. Based on the principles Create like a God, Command like a King, Work like a Slave.
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The definitive guide to the creation and marketing of revolutionary products and services from Guy Kawasaki, a dynamo behind the world-changing personal computer revolution.
Create like a god. Command like a king. Work like a slave. If you do nothing but follow these maxims — from one who has learned them the hard way — Ye Shall Prevail In Business. Kawasaki, the former "chief evangelist" of Apple and renegade business strategist, is back with his seventh book, this time using his battle-tested lessons to help revolutionaries, such as entrepreneurs, engineers, inventors, product managers, and small-business owners, become visionaries. With his trademark irreverence and go-for-broke attitude, Kawasaki lays out the solutions to the challenges companies must meet to "change the world".
About the Author
Guy Kawasaki, author of The Macintosh Way, is the former director of software product management at Apple Computer, Inc. He later started a Macintosh software company and is currently a marketing consultant and columnist for MacUser Magazine. He has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from the University of California at Los Angeles.Guy Kawasaki is CEO of garage.com, a Silicon Valley-based firm that assists high-technology start-ups to find seed capital. Prior to taking this position, Kawasaki was the chief evangelist of Apple Computer, Inc., and an Apple Fellow. His name is synonymous with evangelism as a secular business technique, and motorcycles.
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