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Some Pretty Cool Endorsements!

June 21, 2010 Leave a comment

We are sending the 2nd Edition of Tyler & His Solve-a-matic Machine off to the typesetter in  a few days and have some NEW and pretty cool endorsements for the book this second time around.  Many thanks to ALL of you for the kinds words about the book.

Quick List of Latest Endorsements:

  • Steve Mariotti |Founder, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)
  • Jonathan Ortmans | Senior Fellow, Kauffman Foundation
  • Jack Harris | President, Junior Achievement of Georgia
  • David Gordon | Fellow, Ludwig von Mises Institute
  • Dr. Gus Van Horn, PhD  |  Neuroscientist | Contributor, The Objective Standard
  • Dr. Vivek Wadhwa, MBA | Columnist for |Fellow , Labor & Worklife Program at Harvard Law School
  • Natalie MacNeil | Founder of |Co-founder of
  • Shelly Roche
  • Chia-Li Chien, CFP, CRPC, PMP | Chief Strategy Officer, Chien Associates, LLC | Columnist,

Endorsement Quotes:

“Bouani brilliantly takes a potentially dry subject as entrepreneurship and communicates its basic principles in a fun and entertaining way. As the founder of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship and one of the leading experts on youth entrepreneurship education, I know how complicated this subject can be for children.

Unlike many financial or business books written for children, this one approaches kids at their level with an engaging story and plenty of mystery and suspense. She actually gets kids excited about becoming entrepreneurs themselves, and that’s an amazing accomplishment.

In addition, it is a wonderful introduction to free-market capitalism. It should be a part of American school curricula and every family’s library, because it sets the basic foundation that every kid needs to build a successful future.”

-Steve Mariotti |Founder, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)

“Developing the human capital of young Americans is vital to keep America’s entrepreneurial economy growing. An important goal in our kids’ education should be to infuse early on entrepreneurial skills, such as opportunity-recognition and risk-taking. This book contributes to this goal.

The story takes the young reader on an adventure—much like that of a real-life entrepreneur—learning lessons in an inter-active and engaging way. As Tyler works to develop his idea into a business, each problem he faces is cleverly put into a riddle, giving both Tyler and the reader an opportunity to develop creative-thinking and problem-solving skills. These are vital skills for young people to have, whether or not they end up becoming entrepreneurs. At the same time, tangible business lessons are learned, such as how to find capital, how to negotiate wages, and when to trust a business partner.

In the future, more than any time in history, in their passion to do good and do well, young people will get involved at some point in their career in a start-up.  The intellectual lessons in this book will help a new generation of entrepreneurs, so that they may be inspired to unleash their ideas and make a difference in their world.”

Jonathan Ortmans | Senior Fellow, Kauffman Foundation

“As an organization that focuses on teaching young people about entrepreneurship, parents frequently ask us for additional resources they can use at home.  Tyler & His Solve-a-Matic Machine is an easy, fun way for parents to spark and foster children’s entrepreneurial spirit.  Children relate to the engaging characters and understand that they too can make their dreams into reality.”

Jack Harris | President, Junior Achievement of Georgia

Tyler and His Solve-a-matic Machine is an enjoyable adventure study that aims to introduce children to some of the basic concepts of capitalism. The book is well-written and deserves a wide audience.”

David Gordon | Fellow, Ludwig von Mises Institute

A Fantasy Tale about Business — An orphan with an idea that can save time with homework learns from the mysterious Great Spirit of the Entrepreneurs how to transform his idea into a business. Jennifer Bouani’s fast-paced, whimsical, and engaging fantasy stands out among contemporary children’s books because it presents business and industry as life-promoting values. In doing so, Tyler and His Solve-a-matic Machine teaches – at a level a child can grasp – personal virtues like planning and perseverance along with such simple elements of business as:  filling a need in a market, the value of a good partner and negotiating prices.

Bouani even introduces a few more advanced ideas in an unobtrusive way. In one scene, Tyler stops “pirate parrots” from copying the plans for his machine by beating them back with a “patent umbrella.” In another, Tyler and his friend, Giselle, even bust the United Termitian Workers union. The action flows well, but if your child is bright, you may be asked what a “patent” or a “contract” is. In other words, this story will naturally involve you as a partner in your child’s journey of discovery.

Dr. Gus Van Horn, PhD  |  Neuroscientist | Contributor, The Objective Standard

“Jennifer very elegantly builds on the theme ‘entrepreneurs are the best at making their dreams come true,’ and takes young readers on a delightful and entertaining journey through the challenges, rewards and perils of entrepreneurship. I have learned from my own experience, and through my research that entrepreneurs can be made – it is simply a matter of education and motivation. This book provides both the education and motivation to children.”

Dr. Vivek Wadhwa, MBA | Columnist for |

Fellow , Labor & Worklife Program at Harvard Law School

“Entrepreneurship is the backbone of our economy, yet entrepreneurship is not a subject kids are actively taught. That is what makes Bouani’s series so important. She is teaching kids about an important concept and delivers valuable lessons in a fun and engaging way. The Future Business Leaders’ Series™ prepares kids for the changing economy and gets them excited about entrepreneurship.”

Natalie MacNeil | Founder of |

Co-founder of

“I love the concept of this book – that it plants an entrepreneurial seed in kids’ minds, and shows them they have the power to solve their own problems. As a child, I was constantly told I could do anything and be anything. If I had read this book back then, I can only imagine the ideas it would have sparked.  For kids that don’t have that kind of support, this book could be the first place they hear they don’t have to accept the status quo, and that their ideas have value.  Kudos to Jennifer Bouani for writing such an important book!”

Shelly Roche

“This systematic book teaches not only children, but adults, to open their mind for entrepreneurship.  That is often not taught at the school age. [It’s] the most impressive method I’ve seen so far to encourage youth to [solve] problems in our daily encounter. The problem will turn into innovation followed by research, marketing and finance to create a cycle for free entrepreneurship.

We need more books like this to help our future generation compete on the global level.  If we don’t prepare for it, our future generation will compete with a cheaper and better quality of education from India and China.  Entrepreneurship creates jobs; without entrepreneurship, there will be no innovations, no advancement and no jobs.  We as parents, teachers and entrepreneurs must help build that foundation for our future generation to not just compete, but to lead innovation globally.”

Chia-Li Chien, CFP, CRPC, PMP | Chief Strategy Officer, Chien Associates, LLC |