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Idea Man: A Memoir by the Cofounder of Microsoft Hardcover – Apr 19 2011

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Portfolio (April 19 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591843820
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591843825
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.2 x 3.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 953 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #361,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The virtual world he imagined is now as real as concrete ... the very fabric of a twenty-first century that he and a tiny club of others literally invented. Shy, humble, brilliant ... Paul Allen's intellect and generosity of spirit are there on every page. Bono Paul's natural curiosity will always guide him into uncharted waters. Whether it's a newfangled device called the personal computer; exploring the bottom of the sea or deep space; music, movies, and museums; or perhaps his most significant adventure so far-the human brain-two things are certain: It won't be the same afterward, and it will be an extraordinary journey. Peter Gabriel Paul is a true adventurer in every sense of the word and, as a friend, he is both loyal and generous of spirit. His ideas have helped shape the world we live in, and witnessing the way his mind works is like watching a Jimi Hendrix guitar solo: you have no idea how he does it, but it blows your mind. Dave Stewart This son of Oklahoma, by way of Seattle, electrocuted a classmate, soldered his skin, gassed the family pet, purposely crashed systems, dove in Dumpsters for coffee-stained printouts, and went on to create the engine that changed the world. Dan Ackroyd --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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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By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on May 19 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the more thoughtful and intelligent autobiographies of an important public figure that I have read in a long time. It traces the life of multi-billionaire and computer software designer Paul Allen from childhood to adulthood in his efforts to discover and understand significant aspects of the world around him. From the outset, Allen always had a particular bent for fiddling with electronic and digital devices. He was blessed with parents who encouraged him to seek after knowledge which he could then convert into technology that could change the world for the better. They saw his ingenuity at an early age and enrolled him in Lakeside Prep in Seattle in order to challenge his brilliant mind. Out of this experience came a friendship with Bill Gates, another young 'geek' on campus and a career in engineering software that would ultimately transform the PC as a tool for advanced learning and social development. This book takes the reader into this personal and collaborative vision of an idea that software could be adapted to hardware to create a number of applications. Much of the first part of this account describes how Allen and Gates, two very singular personalities, worked as partners to pioneer the Microsoft product in the seventies and early eighties. There are lots of tense and humorous moments as these two great minds often came to blows over how to market what both had created from code. Allen's lifelong journey took on some interesting turns - both financially and medically - in the eighties and beyond when he broke free from Microsoft and set out to pursue some dreams outside the realm of computers. By this time, his original shares in Microsoft had made him very wealthy.Read more ›
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Microsoft from day 1 , finally Paul Allen gets credit for his input into the Company , it wasn't all Bill Gates. I've often wondered what part Paul played in the time he was there. So happy for him that he did not sell his shares for $5.00 as suggested by Bill Gates at the time Paul was resigning from the Company because of health reasons. One of the better books I have recently read. G.W.
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Very interesting book.
Paul Allen is a great visionary man with so much ideas. The title of the book talk by itself.
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Amazing book! Inspiration & Inspired. Thank you Paul Allen.
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Very interesting
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