Top positive review
was five stars, but his email address was incorrect...
on September 23, 2000
I've read many of these reviews where people have said they don't like Kaplan's writing style. This book is not just a business book, it's also a personal history. If you think people's real lives don't effect their business, you might want to think again.
Now Kaplan could have turned this story over to a ghost writer, and had a more polished book. But I prefer this one, almost like a diary, because it gets to the point, and shows his state of mind during many situations.
While we may see (many times over) the inventers of older technology mentioned in history, a lot of newer ones are never recognised. Pen-based computing has changed a lot of things, one of the most fundamental I think, is that there often IS another way to do it.
Inventing takes vision, and determination to get something right.
This book is a brilliant read, I read it cover to cover, with no breaks. It covers ethics, business versus personal life, friendship, trust, legal traps, pressure, frustration, determination and also an abiding respect for a technological improvement.
If more people treated invention with this sort of responsibility, we might live in a different world.
note to Jerry: it was disappointing to have an email bounce back from the published address, but it's nice to hear that you've bounced back yourself, with your new venture.
If anyone reading this does have a valid email address for Jerry Kaplan, I would appreciate it being passed on.
(email address removed)
Jerry emailed it to me himself. Rating changed from 4 stars to 5.