Story of the Week | Sir Richard Branson
Branson recounts the rise and fall of Virgin Cola, a David vs. Goliath story with lessons for startups large and small.
Richard Branson Reveals His Customer Service Secrets
Forbes.com contributor and communications coach, Carmine Gallo, learned 7 valuable customer service lessons in a day with Richard Branson and the Virgin America team.
Richard Branson: Life of a billionaire
Richard Branson is at the helm of one of the world’s biggest at most diverse companies, as well as being a keen adventurer. He chats to Sunrise about his early life, business ventures and future endevours.
You don’t learn to walk by following rules – Sir Richard Branson
Richard Branson announces an amazing opportunity for budding entrepreneurs
52,000 reasons to start your own business
Calling all young entrepreneurs. To support the Government’s Start-Up loans scheme, we’re offering one lucky start up the once in a lifetime opportunity to sponsor Newcastle United. We’re calling it The Big Kick Off, because it’s a fantastic way to launch your new business in style. Just think, your brand new venture associated with Newcastle United, on pitchside hoardings, advertising and more, in front of the TV cameras and 52,000 of the finest fans in football. It’s unmissable.
Richard Branson: Life at 30,000 feet
Richard Branson talks to TED‘s Chris Anderson about the ups and the downs of his career, from his multibillionaire success to his multiple near-death experiences — and reveals some of his (very surprising) motivations.
Richard Branson bootstrapped his way from record-shop owner to head of the Virgin empire. Now he’s focusing his boundless energy on saving our environment.
Why you should listen to him:
He’s ballooned across the Atlantic, floated down the Thames with the Sex Pistols, and been knighted by the Queen. His megabrand, Virgin, is home to more than 250 companies, from gyms, gambling houses and bridal boutiques to fleets of planes, trains and limousines. The man even owns his own island.
And now Richard Branson is moving onward and upward into space (tourism): Virgin Galactic‘s Philippe Starck-designed, The first Burt Rutan-engineered spacecraft, The Enterprise, completed its first captive carry in early 2010 and is slated to start carrying passengers into the thermosphere in 2012, at $200,000 a ticket.
Branson also has a philanthropic streak. He’s pledged the next 10 years of profits from his transportation empire (an amount expected to reach $3 billion) to the development of renewable alternatives to carbon fuels. And then there’s his Virgin Earth Challenge, which offers a $25 million prize to the first person to come up with an economically viable solution to the greenhouse gas problem.
“There is luck, and then there is Richard Branson luck.” The New Yorker, May 14, 2007
- Branson gives update on space plans – Confused.com (confused.com)
- Inside Richard Branson’s Unconventional Business Approach (news.terra.com)
- 18 Tips For Success From Richard Branson (socialgusto.wordpress.com)
Richard Branson: Entrepreneurship and Charity