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On a roll : from hot dog buns to high-tech billions

Author: Howard Jonas
Publisher: New York : Viking, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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You've never met a multimillionaire like Howard Jonas. An enterprising kid from the Bronx, Howard had one simple - but smart - idea that revolutionized international telecommunications. He pioneered what is now an over-a-billion-dollar-a-year industry, successfully fought off AT & Ts aggressive attempts to pull the plug on his operation - then took his own start-up company public, to net over $100 million for
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Jonas, Howard.
On a roll.
New York : Viking, 1998
(OCoLC)654299081
Named Person: Howard Jonas; Howard Jonas
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Howard Jonas
ISBN: 0670879029 9780670879021
OCLC Number: 38391041
Description: viii, 293 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Slaying the meligoth --
One finger for onions --
I want to live? --
Rejection Harvard --
Back to the gutter --
One step above the pushcart --
Gold in the sewer --
Conducting the orchestra --
Us against the world's phone monopolies --
Raising money --
1-800-screw-AT & T --
Free the internet! --
It could always be worse --
Secrets of the street --
The great comeback.
Responsibility: Howard Jonas.

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You've never met a multimillionaire like Howard Jonas. An enterprising kid from the Bronx, Howard had one simple - but smart - idea that revolutionized international telecommunications. He pioneered what is now an over-a-billion-dollar-a-year industry, successfully fought off AT & Ts aggressive attempts to pull the plug on his operation - then took his own start-up company public, to net over $100 million for himself. And it all began with a hot dog stand, as Jones relates in this effervescent account of how he became the millionaire next door.

From hot dogs Howard moved on to travel brochure distribution, business-to-business directories, mail-order bonsai Christmas trees, and soon ran one of the country's largest direct mail businesses out of his dorm room at Harvard. When one of his employees moved overseas, he backed into the international telephone call-back business - and changed the face of worldwide telecommunications by saving people millions of dollars in international phone calls (and making a small fortune for himself).

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