Book Review: The Lean Startup

Book Review: The Lean Startup

By The Banker | Blog Posts, Book Reviews, Texas

What’s the most important thing to do when starting a company? How about this: Don’t try to build the company. Instead, try an experiment. A confluence of events and conversations have me re-asking that question, and landing on that answer. The first event is that my city celebrated “Startup Week” in the beginning of March. I […]

Audio Post: Story About My Big Bust

Audio Post: Story About My Big Bust

By The Banker | Audio Posts

Last week I did a Texas Public Radio live storytelling event with the theme “Big Break and Busts,” so naturally I told the story of my failed investment fund. I’ve covered a bit of this before, as the Bankers Anonymous Origin Story. Here’s the audio for that event. Or the embedded Soundcloud format: I’m going to go […]

Book Review: The Making Of Donald Trump by David Cay Johnston

Book Review: The Making Of Donald Trump by David Cay Johnston

By The Banker | Book Reviews

David Cay Johnston covered Trump as a journalist for thirty years, in the course of reporting on the Atlantic City beat. He presents in The Making of Donald Trump a greatest hits of the President’s business life. And by greatest hits, I actually mean the lowlights of his behavior with women, with business partners, with […]

Never Buy A Time Share

Never Buy A Time Share

By The Banker | Blog Posts, How Not To Invest, Personal Finance, Texas

Oh time share, time share! How do I hate thee? Let me count the ways. I hate the way you are sold. I hate they way timeshares give the appearance of an ‘investment,’ when they are in fact the opposite of an investment. I hate the way financially distressed people buy you. I’ve previously urged […]

Book Review: The Hard Thing About Hard Things

Book Review: The Hard Thing About Hard Things

By The Banker | Book Reviews

One version of a business book – the kind I don’t recommend – consists of a series of Powerpoint-ready bromides matched to business anecdotes and sports analogies about achieving success, explaining the keys to the author’s path. The author did well, here’s the path, so you should try it as well. A better version of […]