Idea Man

Idea Man

A Memoir by the Cofounder of Microsoft

Book - 2011/04/19
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The Microsoft co-founder shares the story of his life while revealing the lessons he has learned throughout his career, covering topics that range from his partnership with Bill Gates and his ambitions for private space travel to his battle against lymphoma.
Publisher: New York : Portfolio/Penguin, 2011/04/19
ISBN: 9781591843825
Branch Call Number: B ALLEN
Characteristics: viii, 358 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm


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Dec 16, 2016

After reading about Steve Jobs it was interesting to contrast him with Paul Allen, one of the founders of Microsoft. One meeting between the two described in the book has Paul shocked at how rude and abusive Steve Jobs is to one of his employees trying to get a demonstration of a computer going.

Steve Jobs was not a technologist like Bill Gates and Paul Allen so he never appreciated how much effort it could sometimes take to get something working.

Paul uses the last part of the book to discuss his life after Microsoft, including owning and operating one of the largest privately owned research vessels in the world; with the aim to improve the understanding of the environment.

Like Bill Gates he has a significant interest in philanthropy.

Jan 08, 2016

A good, inspirational book. I was impressed by the honesty and frankness with which Paul described his life, mincing no words about the aspects he disliked. He is really frank and open in discussing the various chapters of his life

beyza Apr 01, 2012

Enjoyed reading it a lot - honestly written book - After reading it I was motivated to start working on my own personal big plans . Accomplishing big dreams are doable . Paul was an all American with a modest upbringing but he had a great passion for computers and this passion revolutionized the world

Jan 31, 2012

A very interesting and revealing look at the quiet half of Microsoft's founders.

debwalker Apr 12, 2011

An insider's account of the dawning of the digital age.


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