Starting from Scrap: An Entrepreneurial Success Story

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A rags-to-riches story of a young man who comes to Hong Kong and builds a global metals-recycling business. Keen insights into entrepreneurial drive, Asian business, and business-success fundamentals.

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"Every wannabe entrepreneur should read this book. This is really start- ing from scratch and climbing the mountain the hard way.... But he gets there with sheer dogged determination, guts and plenty plenty savvy. The story pulls you along over the hurdles and bumps with some romance and touching moments too. The scrap metal business is for the very tough and Mexico is for the suicidal.... Greer tells his story well in a matter of fact way with a becoming humility for one who has achieved so much against all the odds at a very young age... A great read and so good to see we are still breeding 'em !"
--Simon Murray, CBE, Former Managing Director of Hutchison Whampoa, Former Chairman of Deutsche Bank Asia, Chairman of Simon Murray & Company and author of Legionnaire: Five Years in the French Foreign Legion

"If you are an aspiring entrepreneur and want to read a book about the raw and nerve wracking experiences of a start up from scratch, this is a must read."
--Po Chung, Co-Founder of DHL International and co-author of The First 10 Yards -The 5 Dynamics of Entrepreneurship

"Stephen Greer proves with a fascinating account of his business life that there are even more opportunities in Asia as countries such as China, India and Vietnam open up and liberalize."
--Dr. Marc Faber, World famous economist and author of the Gloom, Doom and Boom Report

"Anyone dreaming to build a business or learn about Asia must read this book. Stephen not only describes how he started a business from scratch, he lays out a blueprint on how taking risks leads to a life of adventure and lots of rewards. "
--Blythe McGarvie, Author of Shaking the Globe

"An encouraging story of success against the odds which should be inspiring to young people around the world. This is the book I highly recommend!"
--Allan Zeman, leading Hong Kong entrepreneur, known as "The Father of Lan Kwai Fong," Hong Kong's premiernightlife and entertainment district

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This book is a wonderful read and a must for young entrepreneurs who will relish this first-rate story. Greer tells first-hand of the trials and tribulations of creating and building a scrap-metal business in the rough- and-tumble world of Asia. Stephen has earned his mark as a true entrepreneur as well as a witty and talented writer. "
                --Robert Miller, Founder of DFS / Duty Free Shoppers

Stephen Greer arrived in Hong Kong in 1993, a recent college grad with no financing, scant
experience, and only a notion of starting some kind of business. Fourteen years later, his company Hartwell Pacific was a $250-million enterprise and a player in the global scrap-metal recycling trade. Along the way he encountered cultural roadblocks, ruthless and sometime unscrupulous competi- tors, and learned critical lessons in what makes a young business thrive. This remarkable story is chronicled here with humor, suspense, and keen insights into the strategies that made Stephen Greer a highly successful entrepreneur.

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