Billionaire Growth Strategies
How Ivar Kreuger Disrupted the Match Industry
In order to appreciate the genius of financial wizard Ivar Kreuger (1880 – 1932), you need to first understand just how important matches were in his time to everyone. People used them throughout the day to light the fire-place when it got cold, to light oil lamps at dusk, to light the stove when it was time to cook a meal, to light cigars and cigarettes. Everyone over the age of 8 carried a box of match sticks with them at all times. Continue reading
RBS: Inside the Bank That Ran Out of Money (BBC Documentary)
This is a thoroughly riveting look at the rise and fall of the Royal Bank of Scotland from an overly aggressive mergers & acquisitions-based growth strategy. While the story is about publicly-traded companies there are still a lot of insights for for entrepreneurs interested in growth via acquisitions. There’s also plenty of under-stated British humor in there as should be in any story about people with out-sized egos. Continue reading
Wired magazine says go to Africa and get involved with Internet related projects.
Quoting the article: Continue reading
Self-made Billionaire Ted Leonsis shares lessons he learned in living a life and building a business with no regrets.
Here’s a quick easy read with some good lessons. Continue reading
Entrepreneurial advice from tycoon Sean Parker.
Here’s another talk by Sean Parker on how he launched one of the great disruptive technologies of the Internet age: Napster. Continue reading