Children's LiteratureBill Gates, Steve Case and Steve Jobs are no mystery to the public. Without them, the Internet as we know it would not exist. But what about the othersAndrew Grove, Lawrence Ellison, Ann Winblad, Esther Dyson and more? Where do they fit in? How can a newsletter with a circulation of just a few thousand help build a technology world? Esther Dyson will tell you that it enables the best of the best to combine knowledge and share it with each other for the greater good. Her conferences are for the elite in the industry. How could a woman with five hundred dollars to her name change an industry? Ann Winblad can show you that using your knowledge and perseverance will allow you to capitalize on these skills and make you very wealthy. She is wealthy enough to gamble on new start-up technology companies as a venture capitalist and friend/advisor to Bill Gates. There are many other important people presented in this book. It is a great reference collection, put together in one place. Students will love the background and the facts that are presented. This will be on my classroom bookshelf. The book is part of the "Collective Biographies" series. 2001, Enslow, $20.95. Ages 10 up. Reviewer: Scott S. Floyd
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 5-9-A look at 10 technology innovators and entrepreneurs who have contributed to the development and penetration of the Internet. Some of the individuals never finished college and others have doctoral degrees, but each had an idea that they were able to bring to fruition and most made oodles of money in the process. They range from Larry Ellison, who founded Oracle, to Jeff Bezos, who started Amazon, and Esther Dyson, who edits the industry newsletter Release 1.0 and serves as chairperson of the Electronic Frontiers Foundation. Each 8- to 10-page entry includes anecdotes about the person's childhood, education, and innovations in business. Although successes are covered, French does mention setbacks and comebacks. Black-and-white photos help readers visualize the people described. The writing is accessible to reluctant readers and students should be able to identify many of the products described such as Yahoo, Intel, AOL, and Apple. A well-organized, interesting, and informative addition.-Sandra L. Doggett, Urbana High School, Ijamsville, MD Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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