Ken Goldstein

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Ken Goldstein advises start-ups and established corporations in technology, entertainment, media, and e-commerce. He speaks and teaches frequently on the topics of management, leadership, and creative destruction.

His first book, This is Rage:A Novel of Silicon Valley and Other Madness, was published in 2013 by The Story Plant. It was a bestseller and adapated for the stage and podcast. His second book, Endless Encores: Repeating Success Through People, Products, and Profits, was published by The Story Plant in 2015. His third book, From Nothing: A Novel of Technology, Bar Music, and Redemption was published by The Story Plant in 2018.

Ken is currently chairman of the board at ThriftBooks Global and Good Men Media. He previously served as ch
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Ken Goldstein He sat in the dark cell all too alone, wondering what sick logic had caused him to believe he could ever fly under the radar with so many undermining …moreHe sat in the dark cell all too alone, wondering what sick logic had caused him to believe he could ever fly under the radar with so many undermining choices. He had been taught expertly by a master of the trade, a boss like no other, whose haunting words so many decades ago only now rang true: “If you live long enough, you become what you most fear.”(less)
Ken Goldstein Hi Karen,

Mostly I was inspired by reading a lot as a child and in school, almostly constantly buried in books since I wasn’t very good at sports. As I…more
Hi Karen,

Mostly I was inspired by reading a lot as a child and in school, almostly constantly buried in books since I wasn’t very good at sports. As I grew into my teenage years, I was lifted to increased levels of introspection by the power of words. Plato, Shakespeare, Lenny Bruce, The Beatles, and Tom Wolfe all made me a firm believer that words in our lives mattered and could change the world.

When I took my first shots at the craft as a very young writer with plays and musicals, the encouragement I got from teachers and friends helped me overcome my fears that I would never be as good as the writers I admired. Once I got past those levels of self-doubt, the feedback from audiences and readers continued to drive my passion for improvement. I found that a combination of humor, irony, extreme emotional pressure, technical explanation, and philosophy could become a voice that was my own.

I actually blogged about this recently. You can read more here:

http://kengoldsteinauthor.com/2018/07...

Today it’s all about hearing from people like you. If one of my stories has an impact on someone’s thinking or inspires them intellectually or emotionally, I am fired up and on the job.

Thank you for your thoughtful question.

Ken
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When a Mess Is Not a Mess

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True story: When I sat down to write this blog post, immediately after typing the title, I spilled a glass of iced tea on my desk.


How appropriate, pointedly ironic, I thought. I am about to write an article saying that a mess is not always a mess, and then I make a mess.


Or did I?


It’s probably not lost on you that the next thing I did after spilling my iced tea was to clean

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“People. Products. Profits. In that order.”
Ken Goldstein

“I don’t want other companies, I want this one,' insisted Seidelmeyer. 'I want all of their revenue and none of their people.'

'None of their people?' echoed Feretti. 'That’s good margin.”
Ken Goldstein, This is Rage: A Novel of Silicon Valley and Other Madness

“I know you engineer types are excellent with mathematics, much better than I ever will be, but I do know the difference between a tiny pail of coins and big bucket of dollars. How can I take the pail when I am worth the bucket?”
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“E.L. Doctorow said once said that 'Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.' You don't have to see where you're going, you don't have to see your destination or everything you will pass along the way. You just have to see two or three feet ahead of you. This is right up there with the best advice on writing, or life, I have ever heard.”
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“Satire is tragedy plus time. You give it enough time, the public, the reviewers will allow you to satirize it. Which is rather ridiculous, when you think about it.”
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“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.”
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“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.”
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