writermala, June 11, 2011 (view all comments by writermala)
Having enjoyed "IWoz," "The Google Story" and "Accidental Billionaire," I sat down to read Paul Allen's memoir "Idea Man" expecting to be entertained. Little did I know that it would turn out to be a spellbinding Page-turner that I would consume in two sittings! What a visionary and what a life!
After doing so many things,when Allen reads the tiny acknowledgement, " "A Paul G. Allen Project" in his SpaceShipOne at the Smithsonian he says "I haven't had any days prouder than that one." When I read those two lines my eyes misted - what a way to realize your childhood dream.
Paul shows how to live a life when you have money. This is not just a Microsoft story. What Paul Allen achieved Post Microsoft is just as important or more important than what he did at Microsoft. If you are human, you will enjoy this book - enough said!
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by Jann S. Wenner, editor and publisher, Rolling Stone,
"Here is the tale of one of the most restlessly curious and broadly imaginative people of our times, which in simple and eloquent language tells how he changed those times forever."
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 long-awaited 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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