Richard Branson (Virgin Group)

The life of Richard Branson as told through the book Losing My Virginity: How I Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way by Richard Branson

Topics discussed in this podcast:

Business is a fluid, changing substance. A mutating, indefinable thing (0:45), I just pick up the phone and get on with it (7:50), smart ways to get initial traction (9:51), to understand the entrepreneur, study the juvenile delinquent (14:19), Richard Branson's early business philosophy (14:49), the beginning of Virgin (19:00), what he learned from going to jail (23:01), the scope of Richard's ambition at 21 (24:44), a model of compatible businesses (27:00), how Richard Branson made his first fortune (29:00), how Richard Branson gets Necker Island and the idea for Virgin Airways (34:45), protecting the downside risk (38:40), Richard Branson's view on public companies (46:12), taking Virgin private, funding secured (52:00), questioning the direction of his life at 40 years old (59:54)

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