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Joy Casey

Solana Beach, CA | Member Since 2012

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  • How to Write a Book This Weekend, Even If You Flunked English Like I Did

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 34 mins)
    • By Vic Johnson
    • Narrated By Wes Talbot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (28)
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    (24)
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    (23)

    “Who else wants to write a book this weekend?” It’s easier than you think! Best-selling author Vic Johnson actually wrote this book in a weekend to prove how easy it is. And he gives you step-by-step detail of everything he did, including the resources he uses to turn out content-rich books in no time at all. How to Write a Book This Weekend is a perfect strategy for first-time book writers who have been discouraged by the thought of pounding out words for months at a time.

    Leslie says: "A waste of time..."
    "I was amazed at the value in this book!"
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    I thought the author gave an abundance of really good information. I was so pleasantly surprised. I planned to listen to it again, soon!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Steven Johnson
    • Narrated By Eric Singer
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    (324)
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    (152)
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    (146)

    What sparks the flash of brilliance? How does groundbreaking innovation happen? Answering in his infectious, culturally omnivorous style, using his fluency in fields from neurobiology to popular culture, Johnson provides the complete, exciting, and encouraging story of how we generate the ideas that push our careers, our lives, our society, and our culture forward.

    Roy says: "Ambitious"
    "I love Steven Johnson's writings!"
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    What did you love best about Where Good Ideas Come From?

    There were many parts, but here are two. I loved the story of the two "showman" doctors who developed baby incubators and then found a way to pay for them by putting them on exhibit (with live babies inside)...in the shops of Paris...and then, the second doctor put them on exhibit in Berlin, London, and the U.S., with the longest standing exhibit at Coney Island, NY. I also liked the story of the young man who rather accidentally became the "father" of air conditioning... Great story!


    Have you listened to any of Eric Singer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. Fine...


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I love books that arouse and then satisfy my curiosity.


    Any additional comments?

    Steven Johnson is a wonderful writer!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Jason Mendelson, Brad Feld
    • Narrated By Sean Pratt
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    (140)
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    (109)
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    As each new generation of entrepreneurs emerges, there is a renewed interest in how venture capital deals come together. Yet there really is no definitive guide to venture capital deals. Nobody understands this better than authors Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson. For more than seventeen years, they've been involved in hundreds of venture capital financings, and now, with Venture Deals, they share their experiences in this field with you.

    Fabio says: "Great book, but needs a PDF"
    "Knowledge is Power..!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes..!


    Any additional comments?

    As a former author (of legal, tax, financial, and business issues), I was impressed with Brad and Jason's crystal-clear writing style.

    There were so many things I found insightful. Here are a few of their recommendations: 1. Select the right lawyer. The lawyer you pick is a reflection of you. If you pick a "lame" lawyer (my word, not theirs), your own credibility drops more than a notch or two. 2. Keep tabs on (and control of) the negotiation with the VCs. Do not just hand over the reins to your attorney. The way to stay involved and in charge is to understand what is important in the negotiations and what is not. This way you can prevent each side's lawyers from quibbling over unimportant points which only serve to run up legal bills...and/or so you can prevent your attorney from straining your relationship with your investors. 3. Understand that the early rounds of financing can have a big effect on the future of your company (and they explain why, what you need to know, and what mistakes you should not make). 4. Understand the concept of ANTI-DILUTION. It's very important! 5. Understand FOUNDER VESTING. For example, if one of the founders decides to leave after a year or two, you do not want him or her to walk away with a large ownership stake, while you remain at the company and continue to work (hard).

    Brad and Jason also teach you that not all VC firms are the same. Different firms specialize in different types of startups or in different stages of the funding process. And some firms are much better at mentoring entrepreneurs than others. The authors also discuss the TIMING of the funds run by VCs (most funds run approximately 10 years, and they explain why this is important for you to know).

    They also help you to understand things from the perspective of VCs and angel investors, so you can present yourself well to them.

    And all throughout, they teach you how avoid mistakes and nasty pitfalls that could result in serious and regrettable problems. In short, this book is exactly what every entrepreneur, VC, and advisor needs.

    Thanks Brad and Jason. Your book is so well done, and written in such a wonderful, kind spirit. You have made an important contribution. I am tremendously impressed.

    Though I enjoyed this audio version very much, I do believe that it is important to have this in a book or kindle form, too, so that you can refer to it as needed.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Yes!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Noah J. Goldstein, Steve J. Martin, Robert B. Cialdini
    • Narrated By Blair Hardman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (459)
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    (150)
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    (148)

    Whether you are in advertising, marketing, management, on sales, or just curious about how to be more influential in everyday life, Yes! shows how making small, scientifically proven changes to your approach can have a dramatic effect on your persuasive powers.

    00doc says: "Interesting and useful."
    "Very Interesting book!"
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    What did you love best about Yes!?

    I loved all the different and fascinating studies on how people are influenced.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Each story (study) was so interesting.


    What did you learn from Yes! that you would use in your daily life?

    I will have to listen to this book again. The book makes you aware of how we are...and do...influence each other...in ways you might not have suspected.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a fun and interesting listen. :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Olivia Fox Cabane
    • Narrated By Lisa Cordileione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (988)
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    (844)
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    (841)

    What if charisma could be taught? For the first time, science and technology have taken charisma apart, figured it out and turned it into an applied science: In controlled laboratory experiments, researchers could raise or lower people's level of charisma as if they were turning a dial. What you'll find here is practical magic: unique knowledge, drawn from a variety of sciences, revealing what charisma really is and how it works. You'll get both the insights and the techniques you need to apply this knowledge. The world will become your lab, and every person you meet, a chance to experiment.

    Chlo-bell says: "An excellent treatment of a fascinating topic."
    "A very valuable book!"
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    Where does The Charisma Myth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks as a definite favorite. It is a stand-out book.

    It started a little slow, but then the author went on to give EXCEPTIONAL advice.


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this book! Nearly anyone could benefit from this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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