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  • By Emily Dexter CPA
    Aug 22, 2014
    Only in America could such a story be written; how opportunity, intellectual knowhow, business savvy and true grit paid off. The title implies this is a book about technology, but this is really a story about people; and how an entrepreneurial engineer and a small engineering team designed and brought to market a key piece of new technology, a hush kit for the Boeing 707, that had a significant impact o the traveling public, the world airline industry and all who were personally involved on the project. This is the ultimate story of networking; getting the right people at the right place at the right time. This easy to read book flows like a suspense drama….time is of the essence and each chapter brings in another problem or obstacle that had to be overcome for the project to move forward. Shannon had to design the technical solution, find a firm that was capable and willing to manufacturing the parts for the hush kits, and then find outside investors willing to fund the venture. Once... More > the hush kit was built, it had to pass FAA certification, and then finally, the hush kit had to be marketed and sold. Shannon tells how, at each step in the process, the project could have failed, but key individuals, their knowledge, skills and ability to work together made all the difference in whether the project lived or died. This book is a classic read for a wantabe entrepreneur; it shows that creating new technology for a hightly regulated , mature industry such as air travel is not for the faint of heart, and on some level, luck and timing play a significant role in success. You leave the book having a new appreciation of airline travel, and how amazing it is, but also this is an uplifting story of how a single very smart engineer was able to learn ‘what it takes’ to be a successful entrepreneur and create a product that was far beyond his wildest imagination and impacted worldwide air travel.< Less
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Product Details

Jack Shannon
March 9, 2014
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.51 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
5.83 wide x 8.26 tall
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