I had the pleasure of interviewing Tracy Kidder (Pulitzer Prize Winner) and Paul English (Founder of Kayak.com) about Tracy’s latest book Truck Full Of Money: One Man’s Quest to Recover from Great Success.
Paul is known for being the founder of Kayak.com. The company was sold to Priceline.com for $2.1 Billion. Economically Paul is considered a success, but internally the demons of this success nearly destroyed him.
Learn how Paul overcame these demons and used these lessons to start his next endeavor Summits Education a nonprofit that operates 41 primary schools located in one Haiti’s poorest areas where most farmers earn less than $2 dollars per day.
Enjoy the talk!
Topics Covered In This Talk:
Writing The Book
Tracy’s research process for writing this book.
How he came up with the title.
What’s his favorite story from the book?
How did your humble beginnings influence your success in tech?
How did working full time and going to school affect your development?
Growing up your job seemed to be to make everyone happy at home. How did that affect your business dealings?
Paul can you explain your swings of creativity and dedication to a project?
Being driven goes a far way towards helping us become successful. How has this drive worked against you?
Can you talk about your mentor Thomas White?
Can you talk about your late night ideas?
How about the calendar toothbrush package?
Can you explain the situation with your decision to split the equity between Boston light employee?
Can you explain Paul’s 20 “plussers”? How did you all end up working together for so long?
How did you handle going from nothing to $120 million?
Setting up blade you saw a lot of pitches. What is your advice for startups?
Can you talk about your work in Haiti?
And much more!