Entrepreneur Contest and Book Giveaway

To celebrate the release of his new memoir, 1000 Dollars and an Idea, American entrepreneur Sam Wyly is giving one winner a chance to kickstart an entrepreneurial dream. Entrants of this contest will have a chance of winning a grand prize of $1,000. The winner and twenty runners-up will also receive a signed copy of his new book, 1000 Dollars and an Idea. Entrants may simply fill out a form at the 1000 Dollars and an Idea web site (http://www.1000dollarsandanidea.com/Contest.htm).

1000 Dollars and an Idea tells the story of how Sam became a billionaire: his ability to not only guide companies through economic declines but by actually building them to greater heights in the face of astounding hurdles. While others were striking out, the Dallas-based maverick was hitting grand slams:

  • In the early 1970s, in the midst of the Nixon wage and price controls, Wyly built University Computing into a goliath that split into four separate companies, including Datran, which would later challenge the AT&T data transmission monopoly
  • During the gas crisis of the late 1970s, Sam’s oil-refining and silver mining company Earth Resources actually took advantage of the call to de-lead gasoline by selling the refinement run-off for jet fuel.
  • During the recession of the late 1980s and early 1990s, Sam built arts & crafts retailer Michaels from six stores to over 900.
  • In the current economic downturn, Sam’s latest ventures are all proving successful.  From Green Mountain Energy, the nation’s leading provider of cleaner energy, to investment funds Ranger Capital and Maverick Capital, Sam’s still on the leading edge of the market.

If you want to find out more about Sam Wyly head to his Wikipedia page or to his official site.