Idea Man: A Memoir by the Cofounder of Microsoft

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Penguin, Apr 19, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 384 pages
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 classic 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.

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IDEA MAN: A Memoir by the Co-Founder of Microsoft

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The highly anticipated, eyebrow-raising memoir of the other founding partner of the Microsoft Corporation.Even at 58 and one of the wealthiest people in the world, Allen admits that writing his life ... Read full review

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I liked the first half of the book where he was growing up and got established both with the industry and Bill Gates and the early tales of Microsoft. But they ended all too soon. I did not realize that Paul was not really essential in Microsoft operations since 1982, when he was only 29. The second half of the book seem to center on him and his travels with hints of philanthropy. I did not enjoy entire chapters dedicated to his purchasing of NFL/NBA sports teams or how essential it was for him to have 416 foot yacht. I could not relate or find anything largely inspiring from this read. 


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Paul Allen was the billionaire technologist and philanthropist who cofounded Microsoft with Bill Gates. He was the chairman of Vulcan Inc. and founder of the Allen Institute for Brain Science. He owned the Seattle Seahawks and the Portland Trail Blazers, and was co-owner of the Seattle Sounders pro soccer team. He passed away in October 2018.


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