Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Chris Guillebeau

Chris Guillebeau at The Booksmith, 05.29.2012 Chris Guillebeau addressing packed audience at The Booksmith.People packed The Booksmith in the Haight for an appearance by Web entrepreneur Chris Guillebeau on Tuesday night. But 1st we heard from Steve Kamb, a good-looking, happy fellow & creator of a website called Nerd Fitness. Mr. Kamb gave a testimonial about how he turned his blog into a 6-figure business, traveled around the world, & got speaking engagements at Google & Facebook, thanks to Mr. Guillebeau's manifesto, 279 Days to Overnight Success. Mr. Guillebeau then told us more success stories from his book, The $100 Startup, an inspirational & informational guide to "creative self employment." Mr. Guillebeau has an upbeat & open personality & is no doubt a champion networker. He told us to define our own success & suggested we ask ourselves if we have enough freedom. He also urged us to connect our passion to something useful to the community.

Mr. Guillebeau talked for about 25 minute & answered questions for another 25, mostly about his business. His audience was attentive. I saw one gentleman buy multiple copies of the book. When one of Mr. Guillebeau's fans was told that this was also a book signing, she said, "But I have his book on my kindle!"

§ Chris Guillebeau
$100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You make a Living, Do What you Love, and Create A New Future

The Booksmith
Tuesday, May 29 at 7:30 PM


Brasil said...

This book came at the right time for me. Although I've dreamed for years of having my own business, and have even made various attempts at doing so, I never felt so equipped as after reading this book by blogger Chris Guillebeau. This is not a dry book filled with business plans and jargon. It is also not a motivational book for those like me who dream of succeeding and having a lifestyle that suits them while doing work they love. It is something that surpasses both--a book about lifestyle design and micro-entrepreurship for the 21st century--ideal for early-adopters and those of us who have had a dream but have never found a way to make it come true that actually made sense to them. This book was exciting for me to read because it resonated with my sense of ethics and adventure and practicality--all at the same time.

The author advocates unconventional approaches to marketing and public relations--and almost everything else, really. In a straightforward way based on his own practical experience and based on interviews with other micro-businesses owners, he gives advice about how to be successful in your own business. For example, he discusses how scale, need, and connection have changed so radically recently that we need whole new approaches to business start-ups. The book focuses on accidentally, unexpected, unconventional entrepreneurs who are creating a whole new way of doing business. And he focuses especially on those who don't want to or need to invest a whole lot of money to do so--they can use their creativity instead. The book is full of case studies from the people he interviewed, illustrating points he makes.

Axel Feldheim said...

Thanks for the additional testimonial, mystery blog comment.