Think Like an Entrepreneur
Thursday, October 4
Admission Free -- No reservation necessary
* We'll socialize from 7:00pm to 7:30pm.
* People who want to make an announcement or introduce
themselves should sign up on the sheet at the entrance table.
* At 7:30pm the moderator, Gene Epstein, will call on people
who signed up, in order. Each person will have up to
4 minutes to make their announcement, including taking
comments and questions about it from the audience.
* The speaker will begin promptly at 8:00pm. The talk will
People in the audience should take notes for questions and
* When the questions and discussions begins anyone in the
audience can have 4 minutes for a discussion or rebuttal
of the speaker's points.
* The meeting will continue to 10:00pm or later.
General Society Library,
20 West 44 St., between 5th and 6th Aves., NYC
near the Grand Central Terminal
Subway: 4, 5, 6, S to Grand Central -- 42nd St.
B, D, F, 7 to 42nd Street -- Sixth Ave. at Bryant Park
A, C, E, N, Q, R, S, 1, 2, 3 to Times Square -- 42nd St.
Bus: M1, M2, M3, M4, M5, M42, M98, M101, M102, M104, Q32
Train: MTA Metro-North Railroad to Grand Central
Car: Some private parking facilities in the area. Parking on
side streets is metered, limited to specific days and times.
* Discussions are intense, but polite. Participation by all
attendees is highly encouraged.
* Junto meets on the first Thursday of every month.
Think Like an Entrepreneur:
In today's world, we often think of an entrepreneur as the
computer scientist who goes to Stanford or MIT, has a brilliant
idea, raises venture capital, makes billions and lives happily
But real entrepreneurs are a much broader species and can
be found everywhere, in businesses small and large, at food
carts and occasionally at corporate desks, in every corner of
the world. Even in the world of non-profits.
Entrepreneurial thinking is key to our future. In his talk
veteran entrepreneur Gary will draw from his years of starting
companies, observing and teaching entrepreneurs, and
studying big business to give us insights about what makes
entrepreneurs think differently.
Gary grew up in an Indiana General Motors factory town,
and began asking questions about business at an early age.
Convinced that the best way to change the world (for the better)
was to lead or create enterprises.
He started subscribing to Fortune Magazine when he was 12.
He visited hundreds of corp. HQ and offices before he was 18
and studied the stock market in depth. He questioned, ''What
separates the losers from the winners?''
He studied economics U. Chicago under Milton Friedman
& others. He was a securities analyst for CitiBank, a buyer
for Federated Department Stores and headed acquisitions
and strategic planning May Department Stores.
At 30 he created the book superstore BOOKSTOP. It was
sold to Barnes & Noble for $41.5 million.
In 1990 he began a small business information publisher
Reference Press. It became Hoover's, Inc., the world's largest
Internet-based provider of information about enterprises:
It covers thousands of companies around the world,
including private, public and non-profits. It's changed
the way we do things and today employs over 600 people.
He speaks around the world to Fortune 500 execs, trade
associations, entrepreneurs and college & high school students
about how enterprises are built and how they stand the test of
time. He talks about history, geography, demography, curiosity
and other key things. He also maintains a list of new business
ideas, containing over 100 concepts.
Watch Gary's business history talks at:
Visit his Youtube site at:
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