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Book Review: Lucky or Smart? Secrets to an Entrepreneurial Life

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I’ve never met Bo Peabody, but I know I’d like him.  His half book – Lucky or Smart? – (Amy told me that if it only has 58 pages, it doesn’t count as a whole book) is a quick and delightful romp through his entrepreneurial brain.  If you are too lazy to read a half book, you can try this Inc. Magazine article that will give you a feel for it.

Bo’s first company – Tripod (the one he sold to Lycos for $58m – maybe that’s why the book has 58 pages – and then was locked up for two years while Lycos stock went up 10x) – is still around.  We were investors in Tripod’s competitor Geocities – also still around (and part of Yahoo) – which are both logical predecessors to the things we now call blogs.

Enough history – back to the book.  Since it’s a short one, I’ll summarize by listing the table of contents.  If you can’t figure out why you’d like this book from the table of contents, then it’s not for you.

  1. Lucky or Smart?
  2. Entrepreneurs Are Born, Not Made
  3. Entrepreneurs are B-Students.  Managers are A-Students.
  4. Great Is the Enemy of Good
  5. Start-Ups Attract Sociopaths
  6. Practice Blind Faith
  7. Learn to Love the Word “No”
  8. Prepare to Be Powerless
  9. The Best Defense Is a Gracious Offense
  10. Don’t Believe Your Own Press.  In Fact, Don’t Read.
  11. Always Be Selling Your Stock
  12. Know What You Don’t Know
  • http://mudtesting.blogspot.com/2005/02/newsgator-asks-for-inputs-on.html Mud's Tests

    Brad,

    Wow! So you some of the people who helped make this all happen: Blogging. Great job!

  • http://mudtesting.blogspot.com/2005/02/newsgator-asks-for-inputs-on.html Mud's Tests

    Brad,

    Wow! So you some of the people who helped make this all happen: Blogging. Great job!

  • http://bigben.blogs.com Ben Casnocha

    The title of the 3rd chapter – Entrepreneurs are B-Students.� Managers are A-Students. – is the reason the book has been on my wish list for a few weeks now. God bless him.

  • http://mudtesting.blogspot.com/2005/02/newsgator-asks-for-inputs-on.html Mud’s Tests

    Brad,

    Wow! So you some of the people who helped make this all happen: Blogging. Great job!

  • http://phelpsblog.blogspot.com/ Peter Phelps

    Brad:

    Good call on Bo’s book. Surprised that you have never met him in your travels.

    What I liked about the book was:

    1) It is short and to the point. I was able to read it cover to cover during breakfast and obtain some value. How many books do we read that make three points that could be presented in less than 100 pages, but insist on writing a 250 page book of mostly fluff?

    2) The book was honest and humble. A little confused as to why Bo did not make a bigger pitch for Village Ventures though.

    Keep up the good work, your postings are being captured by my Onfolio feedreader and are very interesting.

  • http://WWW.800CEOREAD.COM/blog/archives/000919.html 800-CEO-READ Blog

    Lucky or Short?

    Brad Feld wrote a review of Lucky or Smart? on his blog. This is the book by Tripod founder and Village Ventures Partner Bo Peabody. We like the book and wrote a Jack Covert Selects on it in January. The…

  • http://www.scottkidder.com/2005/02/lucky_or_smart.html ScottKidder.com

    Lucky or Smart? by Bo Peabody — a Quick and Great Read

    Today I went to take a look at the gates in Central Park… I hadn’t seen them yet and didn’t want to let the opportunity pass. On the subway ride there, I read Lucky or Smart? Secrets to an Entrepreneurial…

  • http://orbitalvx.blogspot.com Jaco Vermeulen

    Luck or Smart is a quick and to the point read. Bo doesn’t mess around with info overload, but presents the core of what he believes contribute to the success of start-ups. This is not a self-congratulatory effort or a promotion exercise for Bo’s business interests, which is very refreshing compared to other similar books.

    I believe that it is always good to get the insights from those that has been there and succeeded…

  • http://seznam.cz dodik

    uck or Smart is a quick and to the point read. Bo doesn’t mess around with info overload, but presents the core of what he believes contribute to the success of start-ups. This is not a self-congratulatory effort or a promotion exercise for Bo’s business interests, which is very refreshing compared to other similar books.

  • http://www.andrewlee.com Andrew Lee

    Thanks for the review Brad. A friend recommended the half-book to me recently and your review was the first recommendation on a Google Book search.

    Love the blog, especially the old posts (it’s like having a discussion happen without the problems of time and space).

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