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We recently caught up with Jim Jannuzzio, the man who is on a quest to help college students save money on their textbooks with his app, BookBandit.
In April, the entrepreneur participated in the first round of the Spark Challenge. With just one semester left before graduation, he thought the pitch contest would be a great way to gain some experience and meet new people.
“I thought it would be an awesome opportunity to practice my pitch to potential investors,” he said. “I would say the best part of the competition was the actual people it was composed of: meaning the judges and entrepreneurs [who were also] pitching their companies. At these types of events, it’s always great to meet people and establish new relationships.”
Aside from letting us know what’s next for BookBandit, including participating in phase two of the challenge, Jannuzzio shared some of his favorite reads with us.
“I love to read topics that can help me grow as an entrepreneur and as a human being,” he said. “I get satisfaction from learning, practicing and applying some of the concepts from my reads. It shapes me as an individual to be the best that I can be.”
- Six Degrees of Wayne Kimmel by Wayne Kimmel
This is an awesome short read. I have and will continue to recommend it to other entrepreneurs who are just starting out. Simply put, it goes into depth on how to build your network successfully.
(Editor’s note: For a Kimmel preview, check out this piece by our sister site Technically Philly, on the memes that the Philly-based investor makes about himself.)
- The Four-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss
This is probably my favorite book. I read it about six months ago and it really opened my eyes to see the bigger picture in life.
- Four Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals by Chris McChesney and Sean Covey
I just started reading this one. I am only on page 70, but it has been a great read so far. Before I go to bed, I try to read a chapter a night.