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#Girlboss / Sophia Amoruso.

By: Amoruso, Sophia [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia : Portfolio Penguin, 2014Description: viii, 241 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780241217931.Other title: Girlboss | Girl boss.Subject(s): Amoruso, Sophia | Nasty Gal (Firm) | Businesswomen | New business enterprises | Success in business | Motivation (Psychology)DDC classification: 381/.4574692092 | B
Contents:
Introduction : The chronology of a #GIRLBOSS -- So you want to be a #GIRLBOSS? -- How I became a #GIRLBOSS -- Shitty jobs saved my life -- Shoplifting (and hitchhiking) saved my life -- Money looks better in the bank than on your feet -- Hocus pocus : the power of magical thinking -- I am the antifashion -- On hiring, staying employed, and firing -- Taking care of (your) business -- Creativity in everything -- The chances.
Summary: "The first thing Sophia Amoruso sold online wasn't fashion - it was a stolen book. She spent her teens hitchhiking, committing petty theft, and dumpster diving. By age twenty-two, she had resigned herself to employment, but was still broke, directionless, and checking IDs in the lobby of an art school--a job she'd taken for the health insurance. It was in that lobby that Sophia decided to start selling vintage clothes on eBay. Flash forward eight years to today, and she's the Founder, CEO and Creative Director of Nasty Gal, a $100 million plus online fashion retailer with over 350 employees. Sophia's never been a typical CEO, or a typical anything, and she's written #GIRLBOSS for girls like her: outsiders (and insiders) seeking a unique path to success, even when that path is windy as all hell and lined with naysayers."-- Provided by publisher.
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In the space of ten years, Sophia Amoruso has gone from high-school dropout to founder and Executive Chairman of Nasty Gal, one of the fastest-growing retailers in the world. Sophia's never been a typical executive or a typical anything, and she's written #GIRLBOSS for other girls like her- outsiders (and insiders) seeking a unique path to success. Filled with brazen wake-up calls, cunning and frank observations and behind-the-scenes stories from nasty Gal's meteoric rise, #GIRLBOSS covers a lot of ground. It proves that success doesn't come from where you went to college or how popular you were in school. Success is about trusting your instincts and following your gut, knowing which rules to follow and which to break. Inspiring, motivating and empowering, #GIRLBOSS will give you the kick up the ass you need to reach your potential. 'A millennial alternative to Lean In .' New York Magazine 'A compellingly motivational read.' Telegraph 'The book you need in your life.' Marie Claire

Reissued in 20 cm paperback in 2015.

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Introduction : The chronology of a #GIRLBOSS -- So you want to be a #GIRLBOSS? -- How I became a #GIRLBOSS -- Shitty jobs saved my life -- Shoplifting (and hitchhiking) saved my life -- Money looks better in the bank than on your feet -- Hocus pocus : the power of magical thinking -- I am the antifashion -- On hiring, staying employed, and firing -- Taking care of (your) business -- Creativity in everything -- The chances.

"The first thing Sophia Amoruso sold online wasn't fashion - it was a stolen book. She spent her teens hitchhiking, committing petty theft, and dumpster diving. By age twenty-two, she had resigned herself to employment, but was still broke, directionless, and checking IDs in the lobby of an art school--a job she'd taken for the health insurance. It was in that lobby that Sophia decided to start selling vintage clothes on eBay. Flash forward eight years to today, and she's the Founder, CEO and Creative Director of Nasty Gal, a $100 million plus online fashion retailer with over 350 employees. Sophia's never been a typical CEO, or a typical anything, and she's written #GIRLBOSS for girls like her: outsiders (and insiders) seeking a unique path to success, even when that path is windy as all hell and lined with naysayers."-- Provided by publisher.

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Praise for Sophia Amoruso and #GIRLBOSS *Winner of the 2014 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Business Book* "While we love a feel-good story, we're even more inspired by Amoruso's drive and success. . . . The easy-breezy blend of anecdotal tales and entrepreneurial advice makes for a fast, easy read . . . with lots of brash but actionable takeaways . . . . Bottom line? That's some serious #GirlPower. Buy the book today, thank us the second you're done reading." --SELF.com "The millennial alternative to Lean In ." -- Inc. magazine, naming Sophia one of the Entrepreneurs of the Year "[Amoruso] addresses the highs and lows of her journey with an honesty that's refreshing in a management memoir . . . Amoruso's swagger in #GIRLBOSS is contagious. The book is a decent model for all the girls--nay, people--who don't want to climb the traditional career ladder. Her path, though unconventional, might even inspire a couple of readers to try to heed her lessons and follow in her footsteps. But if there's one real takeaway from reading Amoruso, is that a pre-packaged rulebook for business success no longer exists." -- Fortune "[ #GIRLBOSS ] is part memoir, part management guide and part girl-power manifesto. A sort of Lean In for misfits, it offers young women a candid guide to starting a business and going after what they want." -- The Washington Post "The Cinderella of tech." -- The New York Times "Fashion's new phenom." -- Forbes "Amoruso's voice is accessible and charmingly self-deprecating without losing the effortless cool that characterizes her clothes. . . . Amoruso's scrappy capitalist narrative makes an admirable attempt to prove that navigating the system isn't the same as endorsing it. Being antiestablishment is the old cool. The new cool is playing by your own rules and still winning by their standards." -- The New York Times Book Review "Sophia Amoruso, founder and CEO of Nasty Gal, shares her irreverent and invaluable lessons in what can easily be described as a power manifesto for strong, ambitious young women. . . . #GIRLBOSS leads readers to water but doesn't force them to drink; rather than present a get-rich-quick manual or a list of business tips, Amoruso teaches the innovative and entrepreneurial among us to play to our strengths, learn from our mistakes, and know when to break a few of the traditional rules." -- Vanity Fair "It's easy to get the sense, reading Lean In , that Sandberg is writing for women who've already made it. #GIRLBOSS is for those who haven't, which means it is aimed at people who have nothing to lose, which makes it a much riskier and more enjoyable manifesto." -- New York Magazine "A witty and cleverly told account . . . It's this kind of honest advice, plus the humorous ups and downs of her rise in online retail, that make the book so appealing. . . . Amoruso's unconventional approach to business and her experiences as a rebellious teen and creative outcast would also appeal to anyone's entrepreneurial side." -- Los Angeles Times "[Sophia Amoruso is] a real-deal, born disruptor. In less than ten years, she's turned that very same eBay vintage shop into a bona fide, $100 million global brand, through pure sweat; social-media savvy; and an eye for the fashion-forward, subversively sexy clothing women want to wear. . . . Now, sitting atop a mini-retail empire of over 350 employees, Sophia has become that rarest of things: a CEO who truly inspires and a patron saint of badass #girlbosses everywhere. Ahead, her thoroughly inspiring take on the unlikely rise of her scrappy brand, and why she'll always be an upstart at heart." --Refinery29 "[Sophia Amoruso] is every bit as uncommon as [Nasty Gal's] track record. Never mind the Valley's history of funding misfits like stinky fruitarian Steve Jobs, junk food smacking Marc Andreesen, or socially awkward Mark Zuckerberg. Those misfits all fit in a similar box, Amoruso did not. . . . [Nasty Gal] is that gap between total dork and together, rich cheerleader where the bulk of girls who want to think for themselves but also be cool and accepted live." --PandoDaily "[Sophia Amoruso] takes the wisdom of CEOs before her (including Sandberg) and wraps it up with her biography, personal philosophy, and practical advice (e.g., don't slander former employees on social media), all delivered with the same voice and attitude that has made her site so successful." --The Cut "If you read one book with a hashtag for a title this year, make it #GIRLBOSS ." -- TechCrunch "Get motivated by Sophia Amoruso's story. . . . Her honest advice is useful for women in any industry." -- People (StyleWatch) "While Amoruso's backstory is one we're pretty much all well-versed in by now (we mean, what else are Google deep-dives for?), it's still one that we just can't seem to get enough of." -- The Coveteur "Everything Sophia touches has an air of cool, including her new book, #GIRLBOSS, which recounts the story of her first sale and her rise to retail stardom. . . . The writing is witty and affable, like listening to a good friend tell you a story. And the advice runs the gamut from writing a good cover letter, to owning your own style, to getting fired gracefully. #GIRLBOSS is an essential read for everyone who has realized that the path to happiness isn't always a straight line." -- The Standard / Culture Blog "Sophia sprinkles to-the-point wisdom into the story of her life so far (she's not afraid of a little tough love), and this book is a must read for women of all ages. Who doesn't love inspiration with a little kick in the butt?" --RealSimple.com / Lifestylers "There are some CEOs that can make running a company look ridiculously easy. Then there are some who can do it with, well, a certain je ne sais quoi. Sexiness is a subjective measure and it's not just about looks. It's also about success, power, ambition, charisma, altruism, fashion sense, and style." -- Business Insider (on naming Sophia Amoruso "The Sexiest CEO Alive") "[An] appealing business memoir . . . Amoruso's authenticity comes through here and is, no doubt, one of the many reasons for her remarkable success." -- Publishers Weekly "Among the glut of leadership books featuring paunchy old men in power suits, at least #GIRLBOSS has a shot at standing out. . . . It's clear why young women admire her. . . . #GIRLBOSS is targeting the same readers as Sheryl Sandberg's updated Lean In for Graduates . . . . So buy #GIRLBOSS for your daughter." -- Bloomberg Businessweek "In her new book #GIRLBOSS  . . . Amoruso gives her charmingly authentic insight into how to succeed in the workplace." --Who What Wear "Clearly, there's some magic to the Amoruso method." -- LA Confidential "The book is full of so many great insights even though she insists it isn't a how-to guide. You should absolutely read the entire book, but I think Amoruso should be commended for her management tips. They are what make her a #GIRLBOSS." --Levo League "This sassy memoir inspires while also doling out career advice and entrepreneurial tips." -- Foam Magazine "#GIRLBOSS is a must have for any young female entrepreneurs." -- The T.U.R.N. Magazine "The honest, kickass confident, and unabashedly herself Amoruso tells the story of her journey to success through Nasty Gal and the lessons she learned along the way." -- Tech Cocktail "[Sophia Amoruso] began as a humble eBay store and turned her brand into one of the most coveted eCommerce destinations on the planet. . . . Sophia's brand sticks up its middle finger at the corporate world and Nasty Gal's loyal followers can't get enough of it." --begoodclothes.com "Young women could do worse than learn from her no-bullshit style and tireless work ethic." -- Flavorwire "A breezy blend of memoir and entrepreneurial how-to." -- Sacramento News & Review PORTFOLIO / PENGUIN #GIRLBOSS Sophia Amoruso is the founder and executive chairman of the coveted fashion brand Nasty Gal. Named by Forbes as "Fashion's New Phenom," best-selling author Sophia has established herself as one of the most prominent figures in retail and a style icon. The term Nasty Gal was originally coined after a 1975 Betty Davis album and the singer's outspoken and unapologetically sexy style. Building on that inspiration, Sophia's Nasty Gal first sparked a cult following in her one-woman vintage venture on eBay where she quickly learned she had a knack and photographer's eye for fashion, styling, and buying. In just nine years (and after being kicked off the site in 2008), the brand has grown into a one-stop shop and online retail haven with a progressive following of fashion risk-takers. In fall 2014, Sophia opened her first brick-and-mortar Nasty Gal retail space on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. Only four months later, she opened a second store on the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, almost three times as large as the brand's flagship. As part of the brand's expansion beyond e-commerce, the stores offer highly curated vintage pieces, on-brand labels, as well as Nasty Gal's own line. On the heels of Nasty Gal and #GIRLBOSS successes, Sophia is passionate about evolving her brand and team of creative mavericks in every way possible. As she continues to be deeply involved in every aspect of the business, she loves most to meet the girls who have inspired Nasty Gal to be one of the most coveted brands of our time. She recently founded the #GIRLBOSS Foundation, which awards financial grants to women in the worlds of design, fashion, music, and the arts, to help fund them on their way to becoming a GIRLBOSS. A New York Times bestseller and published in fifteen countries around the world, #GIRLBOSS is Sophia's first book. PORTFOLIO / PENGUIN An imprint of Penguin Random House LLC 375 Hudson Street New York, New York 10014 penguin.com First published in the United States of America by Portfolio / Penguin and G. P. Putnam's Sons, members of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, 2014 This paperback edition with a new introduction published 2015 Copyright © 2014, 2015 by Sophia Amoruso Penguin supports copyright. Copyright fuels creativity, encourages diverse voices, promotes free speech, and creates a vibrant culture. Thank you for buying an authorized edition of this book and for complying with copyright laws by not reproducing, scanning, or distributing any part of it in any form without permission. You are supporting writers and allowing Penguin to continue to publish books for every reader. Photographs courtesy of the author ISBN 978-0-698-15490-2 Penguin is committed to publishing works of quality and integrity. In that spirit, we are proud to offer this book to our readers; however, the story, the experiences, and the words are the author's alone. Cover design: Christopher Sergio Cover photograph: Gabrielle Revere INTRODUCTION TO THE INTRODUCTION A lot has changed since I wrote this book two years ago. We made record-breaking revenues. Nasty Gal grew so fast it became the Tower of Babel. We went through layoffs for the first time. I turned thirty. Then I turned thirty-one. We opened two brick-and-mortar (#brickandmurder) stores in Los Angeles. My hair is long! I'm an adult with braces! I have three poodles! Most importantly, I got married. About those layoffs . . . we started to feel the hard times only after this book was originally put to print. One hundred million in revenue is a lot of money--but companies much larger have gone extinct. The concept of success is really weird. Is success building a beloved brand and business? Or is it how you handle yourself when it gets hard? Is success being in the right place at the right time--with the right voice, skill set, team, and drive to cobble it all together? Or is success figuring out how to tame the behemoth once it sprouts legs and sharp teeth? I think about this all the time as I've watched Nasty Gal grow up. At first, it was a scrappy crumb-eating infant--and then it became a thriving wild child. Now, it's hit the awkwardness of puberty--the occasional bout of acne, a cracking voice, incipient self-consciousness. Wait--are all these people looking at me? They say that when you have a kid, it feels like your heart is outside of your body--you can't imagine sending her off to school with the threat that she might get hit by a car or bullied by some asshole. But you have to, because that's what growing up is all about. That's how I feel about Nasty Gal. My whole future is in this brand--but at the end of the day, I can only give it a kiss on the head and a PB&J while standing at the front door. It's still not fully baked. Its success depends on the resilience, fortitude, and ingenuity of the team more than any one skill that I possess. The older I get, the less confident I become. There's simply more to lose. I used to snowboard--I'd fly down the slopes at a million miles per hour with nary a bit of concern--but today, I sense my own mortality--and the mortality of everything I've worked for--as soon as the alarm clock goes off each morning, knowing that at this speed my teeth could get knocked out if I biff it. It's really weird to be in your twenties and have a company that's valued at hundreds of millions of dollars by investors, implying to the outside world that because I own a huge chunk of the stock I'm "worth" a lot of money. The funny thing is that it's funny money. Nearly everything I've earned is locked up in this beautiful, inspiring, evolving business I gave birth to nearly ten years ago. Excerpted from #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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Publishers Weekly Review

In this appealing business memoir, Nasty Gal founder and CEO Amoruso shares her rags-to-riches story. Having eschewed college, Amoruso moves home, opens an eBay store for vintage clothing, and, after a lot of hard work and many a "Venti Soy No Water No Foam Chai," finds herself the CEO of a $100 million fashion business called Nasty Gal Vintage. Amoroso's tone and language may give this book a youthful audience, and kudos to that: few business books keep the teen set riveted while simultaneously inspiring fiscal responsibility and good business sense. It doesn't hurt that the author has a rebellious streak. A chapter titled "Shoplifting (and Hitchhiking) Saved My Life" turns into a valuable lesson in how to turn one's life around: "I had always wanted to do something awesome, and instead I was just racking up a soap opera's worth of skanky experiences." When Amoruso reminds her reader to pay off her bills and not spend beyond her means, she gives the message a powerful spin, based on her experience of missing a credit card payment at age 19: "I built the company with no debt.[not] by choice. no one would even give me a credit card, never mind a business loan." Amoruso's authenticity comes through here and is, no doubt, one of the many reasons for her remarkable success. lllus. Agent: Andy McNicol, William Morris Endeavor. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Kirkus Book Review

A Dumpster diverturned-CEO details her rise to success and her business philosophy.In this memoir/business book, Amoruso, CEO of the Internet clothing store Nasty Gal, offers advice to young women entrepreneurs who seek an alternative path to fame and fortune.Beginning with a lengthy discussion of her suburban childhood and rebellious teen years, the author describes her experiences living hand to mouth, hitchhiking, shoplifting and dropping out of school. Her life turned around when, bored at work one night, she decided to sell a few pieces of vintage clothing on eBay.Fast-forward seven years, and Amoruso was running a $100 million company with 350 employees. While her success is admirable, most of her advice is based on her own limited experiences and includes such hackneyed lines as, When you accept yourself, its surprising how much other people will accept you, too. At more than 200 pages, the book is overlong, and much of what the author discusses could be summarized in a few tweets. In fact, much of it probably has been: One of the most interesting sections in the book is her description of how she uses social media. Amoruso has a spiritual side, as well, and she describes her belief in chaos magic and sigils, a kind of wishful-thinking exercise involving abstract words.The book also includes sidebars featuring guest girlbosses (bloggers, Internet entrepreneurs) who share equally clichd suggestions for business success. Some of the guidance Amoruso offers for interviews (dont dress like youre going to a nightclub), getting fired (dont call anyone names) and finding your fashion style (be careful which trends you follow) will be helpful to her readers, including the sage advice, Youre not special.Career and business advice for the hashtag generation. For all its self-absorption, this book doesnt offer much reflection or insight. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.