Who Is Michael Ovitz?

Portfolio #ad - But this personal history is much more than a fascinating account of celebrity friendships and bare-knuckled dealmaking. If you're going to read one book about Hollywood, this is the one. As the co-founder of creative artists Agency, Michael Ovitz earned a reputation for ruthless negotiation, brilliant strategy, and fierce loyalty to his clients.

Who Is Michael Ovitz? #ad - . It's also an underdog's story: how did a middle-class kid from encino work his way into the william morris mailroom, Ovitz is finally telling his whole story, mergers & acquisitions, and modern art? And what were the personal consequences of all those deals?   After decades of near-silence in the face of controversy, and eventually become the most powerful person in Hollywood? How did an agent even a superagent also become a power in producing, advertising, with remarkable candor and insight.

He reinvented the role of the agent and helped shape the careers of hundreds of A-list entertainers, Bill Murray, including Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep, Martin Scorsese, Sean Connery, directors, Robin Williams, and writers, and David Letterman.


Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood's Creative Artists Agency

Custom House #ad - Drawing on unprecedented and exclusive access to the men and women who built and battled with CAA, as well as financial information never before made public, author James Andrew Miller spins a tale of boundless ambition, ceaseless empire building, ruthless egomania, greed, and personal betrayal. It is also a story of prophetic brilliance, strategic daring, magnificent artistry, entrepreneurial courage, singular genius, foxhole brotherhood, and how one firm utterly transformed the entertainment business.

Here are the real star wars—complete with a Death Star—told through the voices of those who were there. Started in 1975, music, advertising, and over the next several decades its tentacles would spread aggressively throughout the worlds of movies, television,  when five bright and brash employees of a creaky William Morris office left to open their own,  CAA would come to revolutionize the entertainment industry, strikingly innovative talent agency, and investment banking.

Powerhouse is the fascinating, no-holds-barred saga of that ascent. A new york times bestseller an astonishing—and astonishingly entertaining—history of Hollywood’s transformation over the past five decades as seen through the agency at the heart of it all, from the #1 bestselling co-author of Live from New York and Those Guys Have All the Fun.

Powerhouse: The Untold Story of Hollywood's Creative Artists Agency #ad - The movies you watch, the tv shows you adore, the concerts and sporting events you attend—behind the curtain of nearly all of these is an immensely powerful and secretive corporation known as Creative Artists Agency. Packed with scores of stars from movies, television, and sports, music, and media tycoons, network chiefs, private equity partners, as well as a tremendously compelling cast of agents, studio executives, tech CEOs, league commissioners,  Powerhouse is itself a Hollywood blockbuster of the most spectacular sort.


How History Gets Things Wrong: The Neuroscience of Our Addiction to Stories The MIT Press

The MIT Press #ad - In fact, rosenberg argues, we will only understand history if we don't make it into a story. Now, however, this hard-wired capacity makes us think we can understand history—what the Kaiser was thinking in 1914, why Hitler declared war on the United States—by uncovering the narratives of what happened and why.

Stories historians tell, Rosenberg continues, are not only wrong but harmful. Israel and palestine, for example, have dueling narratives of dispossession that prevent one side from compromising with the other. Why we learn the wrong things from narrative history, and how our love for stories is hard-wired.

To understand something, you need to know its history. Feeling especially well-informed after reading a book of popular history on the best-seller list? Don't. Narrative history is always, always wrong. Neuroscience reveals that human evolution shaped a tool useful for survival into a defective theory of human nature.

How History Gets Things Wrong: The Neuroscience of Our Addiction to Stories The MIT Press #ad - Why do we still believe in historical narrative? Our attachment to history as a vehicle for understanding has a long Darwinian pedigree and a genetic basis. We no longer believe that the earth is the center of the universe. Right? wrong, says alex Rosenberg in How History Gets Things Wrong. It's not just incomplete or inaccurate but deeply wrong, as wrong as Ptolemaic astronomy.


Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don't Have All the Facts

Portfolio #ad - But professional poker players are comfortable with the fact that great decisions don't always lead to great outcomes and bad decisions don't always lead to bad outcomes. By shifting your thinking from a need for certainty to a goal of accurately assessing what you know and what you don't, you'll be less vulnerable to reactive emotions, knee-jerk biases, and destructive habits in your decision making.

For most people, even, it's difficult to say "I'm not sure" in a world that values and, rewards the appearance of certainty. You'll become more confident, calm, compassionate and successful in the long run. But was the call really that bad? or did Carroll actually make a great move that was ruined by bad luck?Even the best decision doesn't yield the best outcome every time.

Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don't Have All the Facts #ad - Critics called it the dumbest play in history. There's always an element of luck that you can't control, and there is always information that is hidden from view. Poker champion turned business consultant Annie Duke teaches you how to get comfortable with uncertainty and make better decisions as a result.

In super bowl xlix, and trailing by four at the patriots' one-yard line, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll made one of the most controversial calls in football history: With 26 seconds remaining, he called for a pass instead of a hand off to his star running back. So the key to long-term success and avoiding worrying yourself to death is to think in bets: how sure am i? what are the possible ways things could turn out? What decision has the highest odds of success? Did I land in the unlucky 10% on the strategy that works 90% of the time? Or is my success attributable to dumb luck rather than great decision making? Annie Duke, draws on examples from business, politics, a former World Series of Poker champion turned business consultant, sports, and of course poker to share tools anyone can use to embrace uncertainty and make better decisions.

The pass was intercepted and the Seahawks lost.


The Mailroom: Hollywood History from the Bottom Up

Ballantine Books #ad - It’s like a plot from a Hollywood potboiler: start out in the mailroom, end up a mogul. Some of the biggest names in entertainment—including David Geffen, Barry Diller, and Michael Ovitz— started their dazzling careers in the lowly mailroom. A vibrant tapestry of dreams, and exploitation, taught by the experts, The Mailroom is not only an engrossing read but a crash course, desire, on how to succeed in Hollywood.

The Mailroom: Hollywood History from the Bottom Up #ad - Based on more than two hundred interviews, David Rensin unfolds the never-before-told history of an American institution—in the voices of the people who lived it. Through nearly seven decades of glamour and humiliation, you’ll go where the trainees go, lousy pay and incredible perks, learn what they must do to get ahead, killer egos and a kill-or-be-killed ethos, and hear the best insider stories from the Hollywood everyone knows about but no one really knows.

But for many, it happens to be true.


Secrets of Sand Hill Road: Venture Capital and How to Get It

Portfolio #ad - Why the skill you need most when raising venture capital is the ability to tell a compelling story. How to handle a "down round, " when startups have to raise funds at a lower valuation than in the previous round. Filled with kupor's firsthand experiences, insider advice, and practical takeaways, Secrets of Sand Hill Road is the guide every entrepreneur needs to turn their startup into the next unicorn.

In secrets of sand hill road, kupor explains exactly how VCs decide where and how much to invest, and how entrepreneurs can get the best possible deal and make the most of their relationships with VCs. Why you need to build relationships with potential acquirers long before you decide to sell. What to do when vcs get too entangled in the day-to-day operations of the business.

Secrets of Sand Hill Road: Venture Capital and How to Get It #ad - . A wall street journal bestseller!what are venture capitalists saying about your startup behind closed doors? And what can you do to influence that conversation?If Silicon Valley is the greatest wealth-generating machine in the world, Sand Hill Road is its humming engine. That's where you'll find the biggest names in venture capital, including famed VC firm Andreessen Horowitz, where lawyer-turned-entrepreneur-turned-VC Scott Kupor serves as managing partner.

Whether you're trying to get a new company off the ground or scale an existing business to the next level, you need to understand how VCs think. Kupor explains, for instance:   • Why most VCs typically invest in only one startup in a given business category.


What You Do Is Who You Are: How to Create Your Business Culture

HarperBusiness #ad - Horowitz then offers guidance to help any company understand its own strategy and build a successful culture. Along the way, it answers a question fundamental to any organization: who are we? How do people talk about us when we’re not around? How do we treat our customers? Are we there for people in a pinch? Can we be trusted? Who you are is not the values you list on the wall.

Who you are is what you do. It is the set of assumptions employees use to resolve everyday problems: should I stay at the Red Roof Inn, or the Four Seasons? Should we discuss the color of this product for five minutes or thirty hours? If culture is not purposeful, it will be an accident or a mistake. What you do is who you are explains how to make your culture purposeful by spotlighting four models of leadership and culture-building—the leader of the only successful slave revolt, who built the world’s largest empire; and Shaka Senghor, who ruled Japan for seven hundred years and shaped modern Japanese culture; Genghis Khan, Haiti’s Toussaint Louverture; the Samurai, a man convicted of murder who ran the most formidable prison gang in the yard and ultimately transformed prison culture.

What You Do Is Who You Are: How to Create Your Business Culture #ad - Horowitz connects these leadership examples to modern case-studies, travis kalanick at uber, and hillary clinton, the first African-American CEO of McDonalds, and of Maggie Wilderotter, and how Genghis Khan’s vision of cultural inclusiveness has parallels in the work of Don Thompson, including how Louverture’s cultural techniques were applied or should have been by Reed Hastings at Netflix, the CEO who led Frontier Communications.

It’s not your marketing campaign. Ben horowitz, modern management expert, and new york Times bestselling author, a leading venture capitalist, combines lessons both from history and from modern organizational practice with practical and often surprising advice to help executives build cultures that can weather both good and bad times.

In what you do is who you are, he turns his attention to a question crucial to every organization: how do you create and sustain the culture you want?To Horowitz, culture is how a company makes decisions.


The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company

Random House #ad - It’s also about thoughtfulness and respect, and a decency-over-dollars approach that has become the bedrock of every project and partnership Iger pursues, from a deep friendship with Steve Jobs in his final years to an abiding love of the Star Wars mythology. The ideas in this book strike me as universal” Iger writes.

Not just to the aspiring ceos of the world, more confidently themselves, but to anyone wanting to feel less fearful, as they navigate their professional and even personal lives. ”. Its value is nearly five times what it was when Iger took over, and he is recognized as one of the most innovative and successful CEOs of our era.

In the ride of a lifetime, 000 employees, robert iger shares the lessons he’s learned while running Disney and leading its 200, and he explores the principles that are necessary for true leadership, including:• Optimism. Even in the face of difficulty, an optimistic leader will find the path toward the best possible outcome and focus on that, rather than give in to pessimism and blaming.

The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company #ad - Courage. Leaders have to be willing to take risks and place big bets. This book is about the relentless curiosity that has driven Iger for forty-five years, since the day he started as the lowliest studio grunt at ABC. Fourteen years later, marvel, disney is the largest, most respected media company in the world, Lucasfilm, counting Pixar, and 21st Century Fox among its properties.

Indecisiveness is both wasteful and destructive to morale.


What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence

Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster #ad - Schwarzman’s simple mantra “don’t lose money” has helped Blackstone become a leading private equity and real estate investor, and manager of alternative assets for institutional investors globally. Schwarzman, a long-awaited book that uses impactful episodes from Schwarzman's life to show readers how to build, transform, and lead thriving organizations.

His grades and athleticism got him into Yale. He eventually partnered with his mentor and friend Pete Peterson to found Blackstone, vowing to create a new and different kind of financial institution. He’s the billionaire philanthropist who founded Schwarzman Scholars, this century’s version of the Rhodes Scholarship, in China.

Whether you are a student, executive, or simply someone looking for ways to maximize your potential, philanthropist, entrepreneur, the same lessons apply. People know who Stephen Schwarzman is—at least they think they do. Schwarzman not only offers readers a thoughtful reflection on all his own experiences, but in doing so provides a practical blueprint for success.

What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence #ad - Both he and the firm are known for the rigor of their investment process, the diversification of their business lines, their innovative approach to deal making, and a conviction to be the best at everything they do. Building blackstone into the leading global financial institution it is today didn’t come easy.

Schwarzman focused intensely on culture, hiring great talent, and establishing processes that allow the firm to systematically analyze and evaluate risk.


Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley's Bill Campbell

HarperBusiness #ad - The result is a blueprint for forward-thinking business leaders and managers that will help them create higher performing and faster moving cultures, teams, and companies. In addition, leaving behind a legacy of growing companies, from entrepreneurs to venture capitalists to educators to football players, friendship, successful people, respect, this business genius mentored dozens of other important leaders on both coasts, and love after his death in 2016.

Leaders at google for over a decade, and alan eagle experienced firsthand how the man fondly known as Coach Bill built trusting relationships, Jonathan Rosenberg, Eric Schmidt, fostered personal growth—even in those at the pinnacle of their careers—inspired courage, and identified and resolved simmering tensions that inevitably arise in fast-moving environments.

Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley's Bill Campbell #ad - . 1 wall street journal bestsellernew york times bestsellerusa today bestsellerThe team behind How Google Works returns with management lessons from legendary coach and business executive, Bill Campbell, whose mentoring of some of our most successful modern entrepreneurs has helped create well over a trillion dollars in market value.

Bill campbell played an instrumental role in the growth of several prominent companies, including Steve Jobs, such as Google, fostering deep relationships with Silicon Valley visionaries, and Intuit, Larry Page, Apple, and Eric Schmidt. To honor their mentor and inspire and teach future generations, they have codified his wisdom in this essential guide.

Based on interviews with over eighty people who knew and loved Bill Campbell, Trillion Dollar Coach explains the Coach’s principles and illustrates them with stories from the many great people and companies with which he worked.


Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber

W. W. Norton & Company #ad - With billions of dollars at stake, Isaac shows how venture capitalists asserted their power and seized control of the startup as it fought its way toward its fateful IPO. Based on hundreds of interviews with current and former uber employees, obscene wealth, along with previously unpublished documents, Super Pumped is a page-turning story of ambition and deception, and bad behavior that explores how blistering technological and financial innovation culminated in one of the most catastrophic twelve-month periods in American corporate history.

Isaac recounts uber’s pitched battles with taxi unions and drivers, the company’s toxic internal culture, and the bare-knuckle tactics it devised to overcome obstacles in its quest for dominance. Backed by billions in venture capital dollars and led by a brash and ambitious founder, Uber promised to revolutionize the way we move people and goods through the world.

. A near instant “unicorn, apple, ” Uber seemed poised to take its place next to Amazon, and Google as a technology giant. What followed would become a corporate cautionary tale about the perils of startup culture and a vivid example of how blind worship of startup founders can go wildly wrong. Uber had catapulted to the top of the tech world, yet for many came to symbolize everything wrong with Silicon Valley.

Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber #ad - Award-winning new york times technology correspondent Mike Isaac’s Super Pumped presents the dramatic rise and fall of Uber, set against an era of rapid upheaval in Silicon Valley. New york times and wall street journal bestsellera new York Times technology correspondent presents the dramatic story of Uber, the Silicon Valley startup at the center of one of the great venture capital power struggles of our time.