By Steve Hindy
What do you get for those who move a journalist and a banker? A brewery, of course.
"A nice urban must have nice beer. manhattan eventually has, due to Brooklyn. Steve Hindy and Tom Potter supplied it. Beer university explains how they did it: their error in addition to their triumphs. Steve writes with a journalist's skepticism-as notwithstanding he has forgotten that he's reporting on himself. Tom is even much less forgiving-he's a banker, in the end. the interior tale reads from time to time like a cautionary story, however it is an account of an outstanding and welcome achievement."
—Michael Jackson, The Beer Hunter(r)
"An obtainable and insightful case examine with amazing perception for aspiring marketers. And if that isn't adequate, it's all approximately beer!"
—Professor Murray Low, govt Director, Lang heart for Entrepreneurship, Columbia enterprise School
"Great classes on what each first-time entrepreneur will event. Being down the block from the Brooklyn Brewery, I had firsthand witness to their optimistic influence on our group. I supply Steve and Tom's ebook an A++!"
—Norm Brodsky, Senior Contributing Editor, Inc. magazine
"Beer university is an invaluable and enjoyable publication. In essence, this can be the tale of beginning a beer company from scratch in big apple urban. The product is one readers can relate to, and the marketplace is as tricky as they get. What a enjoyable problem! The booklet might help not just these marketers who're beginning a enterprise but additionally these attempting to develop one as soon as it really is demonstrated. Steve and Tom write with enthusiasm and perception approximately development their company. it's transparent that they realized much alongside the way in which. Readers can research from those classes too."
—Michael Preston, Adjunct Professor, Lang middle for Entrepreneurship, Columbia enterprise institution, and coauthor, The street to luck: find out how to deal with Growth
"Although we (thankfully!) by no means needed to care for the Mob, being held up at gunpoint, or having our beer and kit ripped off, we certainly pointed out with the demanding situations confronted in these early days of cobbling a brewery jointly. the disclosing tale Steve and Tom inform approximately companions coming into a company out of ardour, in an they knew little approximately, being heavily undercapitalized, with a very naive marketing strategy, and their final luck, is an inspiring tale."
—Ken Grossman, founder, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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