THE PUMA STORY – A BUSINESS FAIRY-TALE

Rolf-herbert Peters excellently chronicles the ups and downs of two of the most famous sports brands, Puma and Adidas, and how the near bankrupt Dassler family business was turned around by a visionary CEO. A book to be adopted as a rulebook for young entrepreneurs who start up almost in similar to the situations when Puma had almost no money.

The book begins with the Dassler family and how Adolf and Rudolf Dassler did business, together. It closely follows how the brothers went on to start their own businesses, Adidas and Puma. The business rivalry between the brands is made clear when the author explains how a machine was scrapped at Adidas, soon after it was at Puma. The brothers were on and endorsement war, getting on board the likes of Boris Becker, Pele, Diego Maradona, etc. It did give an edge to Puma over Adidas, but bled a lot of money. When Rudolf Dassler was done fighting with his brother, it was too late to realise that the company was in debt.

 

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THINK LIKE ZUCK- an awesome read on what makes Facebook different

Before I elaborate on the book, here’s one thing about it. Ekaterina Walter did an awesome job.

Think like Zuck is a detailed account of why and how companies like Facebook are and remain to be successful. Though the author focuses primarily on Facebook and its various aspects, she elaborates a lot on various practices and stories of companies like collegehumour.com, 3M, threadless, Apple.Inc, and many more. In short, a book loaded with entrepreneurial wisdom.

The book is divided into five chapters explaining the five factors that characteristically differentiates facebook and Zuck from others. They are, PASSION, PRODUCT, PEOPLE PARTNERSHIPS, PURPOSE.

 

 

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