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The author of The Entrepreneur's Guide as well as more than 60 other titles, Deaver Brown currently serves as the Publisher and Chief Operating Officer of Simply Magazine, an online vendor of discounted audiobooks, games, software, and e-books. In his roles with Simply Magazine, Mr. Brown oversees content acquisition and sales, managing the company's more than 200 titles and guiding its expansion since its founding in November 1997. Deaver Brown attended Harvard University as both an undergraduate and a graduate student, earning an AB in History magna cum laude in 1966 and an MBA in Marketing and Finance in 1968. With this educational background, he began his 45-year career in business and entrepreneurship as a product manager for General Foods Corporation in 1968. After two years successfully increasing sales for a number of products, Mr. Brown left to found his first company, Cross River, the maker of the Umbroller Stroller. As Co-CEO of Cross River, Mr. Brown led the company through a successful first seven years manufacturing the first stick folding stroller in the U.S. Having earned the no. 1 market share in the industry in North America and Italy, Deaver Brown sold Cross River to Newell Rubbermaid. In addition to founding Cross River, Deaver Brown ran his own consulting and sales representation firm, Deaver Brown & Associates, from 1977 to 1991. He also served as the first Vice President of Sales and Marketing at American Power Conversion. From 1986 to 1997, Mr. Brown served as the Chief Executive Officer of Pride Retail System, a company Mr. Brown successfully sold it to Digital Equipment in 1997. Following his passion for entrepreneurship and business, Deaver Brown founded Simply Magazine in 1997. He has increased the company's revenue by 12 times in the 14 years since founding the company and increased the number of titles offered from 10 to more than 200. Six of Simply Magazine’s audiobooks have recently been recognized as being among the top 100 business titles offered on Audible.com, and 40 are within the top 1000.

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