Idea Man: A Memoir by the Cofounder of Microsoft

Idea Man: A Memoir by the Cofounder of Microsoft

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by Paul Allen
     
 

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By his early thirties, Paul Allen was a world-famous billionaire-and that was just the beginning.

In 2007 and 2008, Time named Paul Allen, the cofounder of Microsoft, one of the hundred most influential people in the world. Since he made his fortune, his impact has been felt in science, technology, business, medicine, sports, music, and

Overview

By his early thirties, Paul Allen was a world-famous billionaire-and that was just the beginning.

In 2007 and 2008, Time named Paul Allen, the cofounder of Microsoft, one of the hundred most influential people in the world. Since he made his fortune, his impact has been felt in science, technology, business, medicine, sports, music, and philanthropy. His passion, curiosity, and intellectual rigor-combined with the resources to launch and support new initiatives-have literally changed the world.

In 2009 Allen discovered that he had lymphoma, lending urgency to his desire to share his story for the first time. In this long-awaited memoir, Allen 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. He reflects candidly on an extraordinary life.

The book also features previously untold stories about everything from the true origins of Microsoft to Allen's role in the dawn of private space travel (with SpaceShipOne) and in discoveries at the frontiers of brain science. With honesty, humor, and insight, Allen tells the story of a life of ideas made real.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101476451
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/19/2011
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
770,854
File size:
6 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Paul Allen is the billionaire technologist and philanthropist who cofounded Microsoft with Bill Gates. He is the chairman of Vulcan Inc. and founder of the Allen Institute for Brain Science. He also owns the Seattle Seahawks and the Portland Trail Blazers, and is co-owner of the Seattle Sounders pro soccer team. He lives on Mercer Island, Washington.

Visit www.paulallen.com

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Idea Man: A Memoir by the Co-Founder of Microsoft 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is here!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gives a great inside story of his life. Could be better if it didn't jump around so much and was a little more in depth with the stories.
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this is an very intriguing book from a tech visionary and billionaire. i bought this book primarily because i used to work for microsoft, the company mr allen co-founded 37 years ago. mr allen's writing was surprisingly engaging in this book, and you can still see his insight on tech still very relevant even to this day.
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A throughly enjoy book about a man with a vision
JaxJV More than 1 year ago
Not only did I learn how an "idea" can change one's life, I discovered a man who honestly wants to make a difference to future generations. From rapping on his guitar with friends to working with world leaders, Paul Allen is making his "mark" on society. Jack Vax Mt. Pleasant, SC
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TGB12 More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book! It was clearly organized and easy to read, even if you are not a huge techie! How does one person accomplish all that Paul Allen has done in one life? His work ethic is admirable, and as a parent, I have to say that the root of his success is a result of the great job his parents did in raising him. Some might say he was lucky, but this book showed me that he created his own luck through basic hard work and determination. It was great to see that his money not only allowed him to pursue his interests, but that doing so also enabled him to contribute to society in such positive, meaningful ways. I'm now a huge fan!
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SusanIrene More than 1 year ago
Paul Allen's Idea Man demonstrates what a reader (of any age) can accomplish once he puts his imagination and his hands to a problem. I'd recommend its purchase to every public library. I'm writing a check to the Town of Acton's (MA) library, along with this recommendation. My copy's copiously annotated, so I'm buying another for my 12 year old Leggo-loving nephew. I already gave a copy to my Ron Chernow-loving brother-in-law. This isn't an "I, then I" memoir. Allen credits many team players to whom he's indebted. This is for anyone who's interested in computers, team building in basketball and football, brain research, outer space, and the list continues. WOW!
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Willy-B More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book, at least the first half which covers his stint as Microsoft co-founder. However, when I checked out the hardcover print edition in the store it had a dozen pages of photos which are not in the e-book!!
Kenny Bastani More than 1 year ago
Paul Allen is a visionary who was not afraid to dream big. Had Allen not continually push Gates to abandon his 'sure thing' at Harvard, how different would our world be today? Allen tells a story not so different from the 1999 movie 'Pirates of Sillicon Valley'. He paints a surprisingly personal and borderline bias image of his tattered relationship with Gates during his tenure at Microsoft. Allen seems to blame Gates for his erratic, explosive, and controlling behavior and its role on his departure from Microsoft. It becomes apparent that Allen, while being a founder of a business empire, doesn't fit in with the hard-nose corporate culture. His shortcomings in corporate America were the product of his big heart. Allen is simply a lover and not a fighter. He plays fair, follows the rules, and is genuine to his core. This is half a story about the founding of the largest software vendor in the world and half a story about a simple man, with little desire for power, who stumbles into one of the world's largest fortunes and struggles to stave off boredom. This is an epic story about a nice guy who finishes first while following his heart.