The monk and the riddle

Its subtitle is clear though: The Education of a Silicon Valley Entrepreneur.

The monk and the riddle

From the beginning, The Monk and the Riddle got me thinking. In fact, it pulled me toward thinking, which I was not prepared to do. Rather, he draws from personal experience to present questions that all entrepreneurs must answer truthfully before and during a business development phase in order to be successful.

Komisar presents his insights by giving advice to an internet entrepreneur wanna-be, Lenny. Lenny has come to Komisar, a Silicone Valley veteran, for help with developing his company, Funerals. Komisar wants Lenny change his focus from the potential monetary rewards of his idea toward what motivates him: While helping Lenny, Komisar presents some useful information, from explaining what Venture Capital firms are looking for, to indicating the requirements for CEOs during various phases of a startup, to noting what differentiates a good leader from a good manager.

While he can seem preachy, Komisar has credibility. He recounts his own career and explains valuable lessons he learned from mentors, colleagues and bosses along the way.

Currently, he provides direction and leadership and contacts for entrepreneurs needing experience. He helps them through the initial phase, and then retires completely or moves to a less central advisory role.

It is clear that he thinks many ideas can be good, but without a visionary and passionate leader who will take risks and has an eye on people, ideas will not germinate into a company that is as influential as it could be.

There are no recipes or checklists. Clearly, Komisar believes that you should not have to pay your dues slaving in an adequate profession so that you can do what you want later in life. The Monk and The Riddle is a quick and interesting read. Komisar shares advice gleaned from others and developed from his own history.

The novel format keeps the presentation light and entertaining. I would recommend it for anyone who is interested in starting his own business or intending to lead a business, e-business or not.

I also found that the book poses some important questions that haunt me as I try to solidify my career decisionThe Monk and the Riddle Quotes (showing of 13) “And then there is the most dangerous risk of all -- the risk of spending your life not doing what you want . The Monk and the Riddle has 1, ratings and reviews.


Jessie said: What I enjoyed most about this book is that its point is simple, yet important: p /5. Publication Date: September 14, When The Monk and the Riddle was released two years ago, Silicon Valley was the place to be.

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The Monk is well written and it keeps the reader wanting to find out what’s going to happen with those entrepreneurs. It’s much more 5/5(3). code_rage contributed this review of The Monk and the Riddle: The Education of a Silicon Valley is a Zen-like guide to entrepreneurship and life and Silicon Valley, and sounds like interesting reading.

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