Motivational stories are banal, personal anecdotes of people you don’t know are boring, and most business books contain about one postcard’s length of wisdom, spread out over several hundred pages.
Sophia Amoruso’s recently released book #GIRLBOSS manages to avoid these pitfalls, fusing her personal life, her professional life, and a series of teachable moments together to form something quite readable. (I came across the book because Sophia Amoruso sat down with my boss Alexia Tsotsis at our TechCrunch Disrupt NY event last week, and I read the copy I received in my speaker’s bag on the flight home. You can bang through it pretty quickly.)
Amoruso didn’t start on top. Her story is a series of mishaps and adventures that led her to start an eBay store that sold vintage clothing. That store, Nasty Gal, has raised $49 million to date and now has revenues in the nine figures.
Going from struggling in school to an…
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