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201 GREAT IDEAS for Your SMALL BUSINESS, Third Edition by Jane Applegate

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GREAT 195 IDEA: Mike Bloomberg—Keep It Simple

Michael Bloomberg is a plain-spoken genius whose success inspires all entrepreneurs. He personifies the American dream. He grew up in a middle-class family in Massachusetts. He is very close to his mother and a devoted father to two grown daughters.

Bloomberg left a Wall Street job to start a technology business, and became a billionaire. Oh, did I forget to mention he's also served three terms as mayor of New York City, making big improvements in education and the quality of life in the city?

A very smart man, Bloomberg developed pioneering back-office systems for a Wall Street brokerage. In 1981, Bloomberg left Salomon Brothers with about $10 million in hand. He used that money to start his own ...

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