Self-made millionaire and CNBC host Donny Deutsch mentions some of my financing tips for entrepreneurs in his new book, “The Big Idea: How to Make Your Enterpreneurial Dreams Come True, from the Aha Moment to Your First Million.” I appeared on the Big Idea around this time last year; Donny is a smart, charismatic person, andÂ he offers plenty ofÂ inspiration here for entrepreneurs struggling in this unprecedent economy.Â Â
The Big Idea book features profiles of folks who’ve appeared on the program — and I say “folks”, because that’s one of the things I loved about the program (currently on hiatus), it offered a platform for everyday people whoÂ discovered a brilliant idea andÂ had the moxie to execute on it. When I was on the program, for instance, one of the guests was Kaile Warren Jr., a Maine contractor who went from being homeless in 1996 to founding the handyman franchise Rent-A-Husband, which had $13 million in sales in 2007.Â (Obviously Deutsch also interviews big-name CEOs, but I love the stories from the little guys.)
The book provides both the stories and practical tips and insights on what it takes to create a successful business. Deutsch did that himself on Madison Avenue, turning a small ad agency into one of the nation’s top ten firms, with $2.8 billion in revenue.
For a recap of my tips on the show, click here.