Idea Man

Idea Man

A Memoir by the Cofounder of Microsoft

eBook - 2011
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In this long-awaited memoir, Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft, explains how he has solved problems, what he's learned from his many endeavors--both the triumphs and the failures--and his compelling vision for the future.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Portfolio/Penguin, 2011.
ISBN: 9781101468111
Characteristics: 1 online resource (viii, 358 p., [16] p. of plates) : ill. (some col.).
Additional Contributors: Advantage OverDrive


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Feb 08, 2018

This was an awkward sort of autobiography; its written with much self-consciousness and care not to say anything that he or other he cares about may find embarrassing. In that sense, its a bad autobiography. The man's curiosity, intelligence, and mostly stolid advance comes through most clearly.

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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