Sam Wyly – 1,000 Dollars & an Idea


“My work is to create companies and build them,” writes Sam Wyly in this candid, engrossing memoir, which reveals how he established and expanded companies on the leading edge of advancements in technology, energy, retail, and investments over the last 45 years.

Wyly shares the process, relationships, struggles, and strategies that have made him one of the 1,000 wealthiest people in the world. From the hardships his parents faced trying to hold on to the family cotton farm during the Depression to the coaching he received on the high school football field, this self-made billionaire describes how his early years in Louisiana prepared him for what lay ahead. His sales experience with IBM and Honeywell in Dallas in the early 1960s gave him the idea to start the first “computer utility”. Risking $1,000 of his savings, he founded University Computing in 1963 and took it public two years later, becoming a millionaire at the age of 30.

Part autobiography and part inspirational business guide, this audio is full of refreshing insights about what it takes to create, grow, and build successful companies.

Author: Sam Wyly
Narrator: Phil Gigante
Duration: 8 hours 33 minutes
Released: 8 Jan 2009
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Language: English

User Review:

suffocation snappy

It was bit boring on first few chapters due to over explanation of historical facts, but later part it was interesting and inspiring.