Think Like an Entrepreneur with Gary Hoover
Tuesday April 24, 2012 at 6:00 PM
Houston Technology Center
410 Pierce Street , Houston, TX 77002
nContacto is proud to bring to Houston the serial entrepreneur Gary Hoover.
In this intense, information- and idea-packed presentation, serial entrepreneur and world-renowned speaker Gary Hoover will talk about what are the characteristics of successful entrepreneurs, what are the key questions an entrepreneur must ask themselves when embarking on a new enterprise, and what makes for a great company. This program will be “like drinking from a fire hydrant.”
Gary Hoover first became interested in business as a young person, and has subscribed to Fortune Magazine since the age of 12. He then studied economics under three future Nobel Prize winners at the University of Chicago, picked stocks for a major Wall Street institutional investor, and then worked in financial and strategic planning and marketing for two of the largest US retailers. Finally, he began his entrepreneurial journey by founding BOOKSTOP, the first chain of large bookstores. Within seven years of founding, this company was among the industry leaders and stretched from coast to coast; it was acquired by Barnes & Noble, representing their entry into the book superstore business, in 1989. Then Gary and his colleagues founded the business information company that evolved into Hoovers.com, used worldwide; this company went public in 1999 and was purchased by Dun & Bradstreet in 2003. Gary has had other less successful ventures, which were also learning experiences. Today he keeps a list of about 200 business ideas, and travels the world speaking and teaching about entrepreneurship and business. In 2009-10, he was the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the University of Texas McCombs School of Business, within the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship.
Gary also has an active interest in Mexico, having visited 11 of the 31 states. In 2010 he gave a talk at Austin’s SXSW Interactive Conference entitled “Why Mexico Will Change Your Life.” Gary maintains a video blog at www.youtube.com/hooverbits.
See more about Gary Hoover: hooversworld.com