Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Blog Tour: @InsightsTheBook by @Chris_LoPresti #interview

Non Fiction / Business / Coaching / Entrepreneurship / Education / Start-Ups
Date Published: July 29, 2015

What if you could sit with the founders of successful companies and discover the secrets to their success?

Through INSIGHTS, Chris LoPresti has gathered 101 world-class mentors to share their invaluable experiences for the benefit of every entrepreneur.

INSIGHTS grants you access to some of Yale’s leading entrepreneurs and the key learnings they’ve collected on their own entrepreneurial journeys. From founders of Fortune 500 companies such as FedEx, to the next generation of entrepreneurs like Thiel Fellows, to early investors in Apple, Cisco, Facebook, and other billion dollar startups, INSIGHTS is a collection of the best advice offered by a diverse group of leaders and innovators.

The 101 featured contributors reveal lessons learned the hard way to help you avoid common pitfalls and allow you to lead your company toward more streamlined success. This unique library of knowledge is available to reference as often as you need.

Thinking about starting your own company? Trying to improve your organization? INSIGHTS provides a wealth of information to guide you along your entrepreneurial journey.

From the author: This book was created to bring together a community of people to share their knowledge and pay forward the help they've received throughout their individual careers. All 101 entrepreneurs volunteered their advice and experiences in this book, and at many other times in their lives, they have offered their insights for free. They all share a common desire to support entrepreneurs of every type.

The proceeds from INSIGHTS will go to ELIS Inc., a registered 501c3 organization created by some of the entrepreneurs in this book. The purpose of the nonprofit is to help future entrepreneurs, leaders, and innovators gain access to resources--both mentors and money.

Your contribution, by either making a direct donation or by buying this book, will help foster the next great organizations and businesses.


What is the hardest part of writing your books?
  • As a first time author, I didn’t find the writing or publishing process all that difficult because of the amazing wealth of resources available from people who have been through the process before. I treated Guy Kawasaki’s book APE like a bible. If you could see my copy, you’d think there were more post-it notes than pages. Kawasaki really does a fantastic job of covering all aspects of the publishing process from writing to cover design to marketing.

What songs are most played on your Ipod?
  • This might seem like an unusual response, but the music on television shows these days is EXCELLENT. My favorite is the soundtrack to SUITS, which I listen to online via Soundcloud.

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
  • Absolutely. I try to have someone who is good at making things clear and concise, someone who is good with visuals, and someone who is good with organization and flow.
  • I also have a small group of core early readers who receive advanced reader copies that agree to help de-bug the book and help promote it.

What book are you reading now?
  • I’ve gone back to the basics. High Output Management, How to Win Friends & Influence People, and Ben Hogan's Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf.

How did you start your writing career?
  • I never thought I’d be the author of a book. This book came about very organically.
  • While I was trying to decide whether to proceed with my company, I reached out to a handful of successful Yale alumni who had started their own businesses and asked them for advice. At first, I thought only one or two entrepreneurs would respond to my outreach, but quickly that number became a dozen. The feedback I received was so helpful, that I wanted to share it with future Yale grads — and anyone else wrestling with the challenges of turning an idea into a company.
  • My first thought was that I could turn these twelve interviews into a series of blog posts, but as the number began to grow, I knew I had to do something more with it. Publishing a book was something brand new to me. Halfway through the process, I realized that the book itself had become an entrepreneurial endeavor!

  • The hardcover and eBook were just released and is available via all major book sales sites. The audiobook will be out by October 14th!
  • 100% of profits are going to support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) and entrepreneur causes, so please buy and buy often. It makes an excellent gift.

Chris LoPresti is the Founder of TouchPoints, a consumer data technology company that helps brands connect with their community. LoPresti is also the founder and chairman of ELIS Inc., a nonprofit focused on promoting STEM education and supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs. In addition to his work with next-gen doers at ELIS Inc., LoPresti is a member of the Thousand Network, a coach at The Future Project, a member of the NationSwell Council, and a proud Eagle Scout. He has a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University.

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