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Splendidly Unreasonable Inventors

Splendidly Unreasonable Inventors

Jeremy Coller

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ISBN 13: 978-1-59020-269-2
Trim Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/4
Cloth
Overlook
11/12/2009

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Jeremy Coller, a pioneer in the world of private equity, argues that there are three basic personality types in the arena of invention. The Principal, Broker, and Consultant each display certain traits that dictate the potential for success, but few people have the full package. Failure results when an individual who excels in one area of competence attempts to become all things.

In Splendidly Unreasonable Inventors, Coller focuses on the individual rather the invention and explores the ways in which he or she did or did not succeed in bringing their vision to fruition. On one level, the book is a collection of fascinating stories packed with quirky, often humorous nuggets of information. On another level, these stories provide an unconventional look at the processes and personalities that created products that changed the world, including:

Jonas Salk and the polio vaccine
King Gillette and the safety razor
Alfred Nobel and dynamite
Sam Colt and the revolver
Rudolph Diesel and the diesel engine
Nikola Tesla and AC power

Author Information
Jeremy Coller is widely recognized as a trailblazing pioneer and innovator in the world of private equity. His firm, Coller Capital, has invested billions of dollars in over 3000 private companies worldwide. Coller is regularly cited in lists of the most influential people in private equity and finance. In 2008, the London Business School created the Coller Institute of Private Equity, and Manchester University named him its Alumnus of the Year.

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