Losing My Virginity

by Wojciech Adam Koszek   ⋅   Feb 16, 2013   ⋅   Menlo Park, CA

This is a 13+ book, so don't screen if you find it on your kid's bookshelf. Branson's take on this entrepreneurial journey. Found it pretty enjoyable. Unique part about him is that he's British -- most of the other stuff on my list is all Silicon Valley centered.

Yet another WOW on my list. Absolute MUST to read for anybody interested in business. Once of the examples that real entrepreneurs can be born outside of the US, with no “from a shine-box to a millionaire” approach.

However Branson can be called Englishman with the American “dream story”.

From a dyslectic schoolboy, who happened to be very unsuccessful due to his eye problems, through the story of figuring out “Student” magazine can actually be successful, to all sort of spy-alike threads of his life.

This book reminded me several other people who I’ve read about: Howard Jonas, since Branson’s and Jonas’ ideas were similar–quite original and very similar. Next Branson’s story is very similar to Jim Clark’s of Silicon Valley/Netscape Hall of Fame, since they both struggled with an ordinary educational system at the beginning of their lives, to finally strive later. And Jack Welch, since lots of the contents of his “GE memoirs” and Branson story treat about planes.

What I really like is that it’s a very detailed sketch of author’s life, coming straight from his diaries. Also, the range of subjects touched make this book an interdisciplinary study.

Want to know how to start selling Christmas trees? How to buy a building? Or take a couple million dollar loan? Rent a jet? This book is for you.

HIGHLY recommended.

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About the author: I'm Wojciech Adam Koszek. I like software, business and design. Poland native. In Bay Area since 2010.   More about me