I owe a great deal of thanks to many people who not only helped me shape this book but showed me how to become a successful business owner.
To begin my acknowledgments without mentioning Rob Kaplan just wouldn’t be right. Rob started out as my editor and, over the course of our working together on the book, became my friend. I had first come to him with a rough manuscript, but despite its flaws he saw something in it that I had not seen, and he made a number of suggestions that led, finally, to the book it is today. Rob took my business knowledge and guided me through the process of writing, editing, and rewriting until, at last, I had a book worthy of a publisher like John Wiley & Sons. Every page of this book has Rob’s imprint on it in one form or another, and for this I am most grateful, as I am for his friendship.
Second, I want to thank Ken Fisher for writing a flattering foreword. His encouragement and mentorship in this book’s development, particularly in the beginning when his wisdom was needed the most, was invaluable. In his own way, Ken was a significant factor, because without his enthusiastic support this book may have never been published. Thank you, Ken, for all you have done.
I also have to thank John Wiley & Sons for their patience as I struggled to meet deadlines, and for their belief in this book, especially Laura Walsh, Judy Howarth, Tula Batanchiev, Sharon Polese, Jeff Gould, Melissa Torra, and Steven Kyritz.
I also want to thank the many partners ...