Under the best conditions, being an entrepreneur can be filled with anxiety and trepidation. Throw in some challenging circumstances, and trepidation turns to downright terror. Charles Ota Heller is a Holocaust survivor who arrived in the U.S. as a penniless thirteen-year-old who spoke two words of English. Exhibiting strength, persistence, and determination, he earned an athletic scholarship to college and obtained three degrees in engineering. He became an academic at the cutting edge of new computer technology and then was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug.
Over the next twenty years as CEO of technology companies and an additional twenty as an investor in, and mentor of, startup companies, he experienced the joys, successes, failures, and terrors of entrepreneurship. When the FBI attempted to shut down his company on a trumped-up charge, memories of World War II and the Gestapo filled him with terror of uncertainty. He was betrayed by a member of his management team and was deposed from leadership of the company he founded. He discovered that his partner in a venture capital fund was dishonest and Charlie had to fight to maintain his own reputation. Through perseverance and hard work, he overcame these and other setbacks to become not only a successful entrepreneur, but also a guru to hundreds of startups, a teacher to budding entrepreneurs, and a highly sought-after investor in high-tech companies.
Ready, Fire, Aim is the story of his riveting journey, told as a powerful, candid, engrossing adventure that not only entertains, but leaves present and budding entrepreneurs with valuable takeaways.