Just finished reading Delivering Happiness, by Tony Hsieh. Tony is the CEO of Zappos.
The book is pretty good. As usual, what I like the most about entrepreneur's stories is always how they survived their first lean years. The more I read about these brilliant entrepreneurs, the more their stories sound familiar. It starts with a passion and strong sense of belief in what they're doing. Then come all the difficulties and roadblocks, which are most times so close to being fatal. It's unbelievable how they managed to draw on their energy and creativity to survive.
Like Ray Kroc, Sam Walton, and Howard Schultz, Tony Hsieh and his team at Zappos have plenty to share about their first difficult years. They came really close to being left with nothing: no company, no assets, no money, no personal property. And yet, they've made it. For each such story, there are probably thousands of others that went the other way. But the common trait among those who survived is one basic characteristic: perseverance fueled by passion.
The second part of the book is mostly about their corporate culture, which is interesting too, albeit not as dramatic nor unique.
Overall, I highly recommend it.