America Is An Idea And The American Dream Is For Everyone – Book Review
Have you heard of empowr? In case you haven’t, empowr is a 15-year old, experimental, online democratic social economy that combines the features of Facebook, eBay and Tumblr to help improve the lives of its members.
Unlike traditional high tech companies, empower doesn’t follow a traditional business model that mandates the company maximize its financial return to its shareholders, Instead, empowr’s goal is to maximize its value back to its members by providing them with opportunities to benefit educationally, socially and financially simply from using their gifts and being a part of the social network.
If you find the concept of this type of company intriguing, you might be interested in learning more about the history of the company and how it came into fruition.
I thought reading about empowr would be both inspiring and educational, so it was with great eagerness that I approached America Is An Idea And The American Dream Is For Everyone – Why We Built Empowr.com, The Experiment To Democratize Social Media by Michael Cyrus Pousti – the new book from one of the company’s co-founders.
Regrettably, not every book you pick up turns out to be what you expect it to be.
If you are interested in politics and economics and how they shape the world of technology (and ultimately, lead to the development of empowr), you may find this book interesting. However, if you are expecting a more traditional business book that focuses primarily on empowr – like I was – you will be disappointed to find that discussion only encompasses a small portion of the book.
The majority of America Is An Idea And The American Dream Is For Everyone serves as a platform for the author to express his views on how political and socio-economic conditions around the world let to the creation of empowr. Although I believe the author makes some good points, I found the book very hard to read and focus on.
If you enjoy engaging in political discussions or find economics fascinating, by all means check out this book – you may find it right up your alley. However, neither of these topics appeal to me, and at times, portions of this self-described “manifesto” sounded like political propaganda.
For those of you who are interested in learning about empowr, I’d recommend checking out the videos on the company’s website. But, if you’re truly interested in what the author says, be sure to enter the Giveaway on the Blog Tour Page for a chance to win 1 of 25 Copies of this book!
I rate this book 2 out of 5 stars.
About Michael Cyrus Pousti
Mike Pousti is the co-founder of empowr, a partnership between academia and tech entrepreneurs that’s attempting to deliver a democratized social media experience where the company is governed by its citizens.
Mike began his entrepreneurial journey when he founded his first start-up during his senior year as a computer engineering student at UC San Diego (UCSD). Employing 200 people and generating millions of dollars in profits before the age of 22, his company, Higher Educational Resources Corporation, developed the first commercially successful search engine on the Internet, known as the Arpanet.
His next start-up, Productivity Solutions Corporation, was acquired when he was 24 and two years later, Mike started CollegeClub.com, the world’s leading website for the 18-23 year old demographic.
After the dot-com crash in 2000, CollegeClub.com was acquired, and less than a week later, Mike started Phase 1 of empowr. empowr’s highly patented suite of technologies generated over $150M U.S. and today, empowr’s proprietary technologies are used by all major social platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus and Tumblr.
While Mike remains an integral part in the daily operations of empowr, he recently relinquished his CEO position and handed over control of the company to empowr’s citizens, who formally elected their leader (and new President of empowr) via a web-based election.
America Is An Idea – Book Tour
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