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Tim Burns

About the Book

by Tim Burns
Published by Dearborn Trade

This book is the desk reference for the serious Internet entrepreneur. Packed with expert advice and industry insights, entrepreneurship.com provides a road map for seizing the unparalleled business opportunities of the Information Age.

As more people get online each day, forecasters predict that the size of the Internet economy will more than double by 2003. With plenty of fertile ground still to exploit, there are sure to be more e-business success stories. But a viable dot.com venture must be more than just another great idea; it must be a solid business, guided by a compelling plan. entrepreneurship.com walks you through the strategies for building a winning e-Plan, the streamlined business plan for the dot.com. Business adviser and attorney Tim Burns clearly explains what venture capitalists look for in a startup, discusses strategies for establishing brand identity, and untangles the legal issues involved in running an Internet venture.

"Entrepreneurship.com offers a very accessible and extremely practical MBA degree for Internet entrepreneurs... The principles outlined in this book provide an enduring foundation for starting a business."
-- Bill Reichert, President, Garage.com

"What an excellent step-by-step guide to entrepreneuring in the digital world! This book is cutting edge, comprehensive, packed with practical information and insights, and very readable."
-- Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

"I'm often asked what I look for in a business plan... The answer lies in the pages of Tim Burns' book."
-- David Cowan, Managing Partner, Bessemer Venture Partners

Copyright ©2002 by Tim Burns. All rights reserved. Please feel free to duplicate and distribute this file as long as the contents are not changed and this copyright notice is intact. Thank you.

Hans Camenzind

- About the Book

Much Ado About Almost Nothing: Man's Encounter with the Electron
by Hans Camenzind
Published by BookLocker.com
(ISBN 978-0-615-13995-1, 240 pages, many photos, index, footnotes, bibliography, soft cover, $14.95)

Much Ado About Almost Nothing presents the history of electronic invention through profiles of dozens of personalities who have diligently followed the electron to riches and ruin.

Author Hans Camenzind shows a palpable love for the oddballs and eccentrics who tamed electricity: scientists, engineers, inventors, self-promoters, professors, visionaries, speculators, moguls, geniuses, politicians, venture capitalists, and con artists.

Camenzind covers well-known luminaries such as Ben Franklin, Michael Faraday, Samuel F.B. Morse, Alexander Graham Bell, Nikola Tesla, Thomas Edison, Guglielmo Marconi, Philo Farnsworth and William Shockley. But he also covers the lesser lights who nonetheless made important contributions to the history of invention. Read about:

  • Lee de Forest, the self-proclaimed "Father of Radio" and a 3-times rags-to-riches inventor and conniver.
  • John Baird, who built the first TV set in his attic in 1923. He got rich, went broke, and was made obsolete in the late 1930s by RCA.

Camenzind races through the history of electronic discovery like a charged particle. He briefly sketches the lives, education, achievements, fortunes and misfortunes of dozens of explorers and risk-takers.

Topics covered in Much Ado About Almost Nothing include:

  • Electricity, magnetism, electromagnetism
  • X-rays, cathode rays, subatomic particles
  • Transmitters, receivers, amplifiers
  • Vacuum tubes, transistors, integrated circuits
  • Telegraph, telephone, radio, television
  • Microchips, calculators, computers


Much Ado About Almost Nothing is a well-written book. I was amazed how easy it was to understand even complex technology (I am not an engineer or scientist). There are many interesting people in here, making an absorbing story.
-- John Petersen

An informative and captivating tour of science focusing on the people that have contributed to our knowledge of electricity. Surprise! These are interesting -- and sometimes satisfyingly odd -- people.
-- Ozdachs

Suddenly these people come alive and we read about their achievements, ambitions and frustrations, successes and tragedies.
-- Reini Zimmerli

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