Robert Greene

Robert Greene, whose books include The 48 Laws of Power, is the author who inspires and guides ambtious upstarts like American Apparel founder Dov Charney, and rapper 50 Cent. (After reading his book, Dov brought him on American Apparel’s board of directors and 50 Cent co-authored The 50th Law with him.)

Like a modern Machiavelli, he explains the dynamics of power in blunt terms, with chapter titles like, “Crush Your Enemy Totally,” and “Play a Sucker to Catch a Sucker.”

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Adam Strum

How did Adam Strum take Wine Enthusiast from a company that sold cork screws from his attic to a $100 million per year business?

He says much of the success comes from riding the growth of wine consumption. Even in recessions, the wine industry does well. But if you listen to the interview, I think you’ll see there’s more to it than that. Like the way he…

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Greg Thomson

If you bounce from project to project and have a hard time focusing on just one, listen to this interview with Greg Thomson.

Lack of focus is what kept his previous businesses from reaching their potential. Once he learned how to work with his innate curiosity (not eliminate it, but harness its power), he made Tall Tree Games into a $6+ million hit casual game company.

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Bhavin Turakhia

After his previous business failed, Bhavin Turakhia set out to find a better way to capitalize on the growth of the internet in his country, India.

His vision was to create a company that would help other businesses get online. He wanted to help them register their domain names, host their sites and build their online brands. Today the company he launched, Directi Group, is still in the same business, but does so much more. And Bhavin says it’s worth $300 million.

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