Idea Man: A Memoir by the Co-founder of Microsoft

Author(s): Paul Allen


What's it like to start a revolution? How do you build the biggest tech company in the world? And why do you walk away from it all? Paul Allen co-founded Microsoft. Together he and Bill Gates turned an idea - writing software - into a company and then an entire industry. This is the story of how it came about: two young mavericks who turned technology on its head; the bitter battles as each tried to stamp his vision on the future; and, the ruthless brilliance and fierce commitment. And finally, Allen's extraordinary step in walking away from it all to discover what it is you do after you've already changed the world...


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Highly readable, refreshingly honest Mail on Sunday A fascinating tale of the early days of the software industry Financial Times A founding father of the modern information age ... provides a fascinating insight into the ironies of capitalism The Times He, and a tiny club of others, literally invented the twenty-first century -- Bono Riveting reading Observer

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.

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  • : 9780241953716
  • : Penguin Books Ltd
  • : Penguin Books Ltd
  • : 0.27
  • : April 2012
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 23mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : June 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paul Allen
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : English
  • : 338.7610053092
  • : 368
  • : Illustrations (chiefly col.), ports. (chiefly col.)