- By PaulAllen

Idea Man

  • Title: Idea Man
  • Author: PaulAllen
  • ISBN: 9781591843825
  • Page: 338
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Idea Man By his early thirties Paul Allen was a world famous billionaire and that was just the beginning In and Time named Paul Allen the cofounder of Microsoft one of the hundred most influentia

    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, curiosiBy 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.

    1 thought on “Idea Man

    1. Great story about the founding of Microsoft from it's cofounder Paul Allen. I've read a few books about Microsofts history before (such as Gates), but it was fascinating to hear it from the horses mouth. What stuck out for me was that Paul and Bill were on the cutting edge of software ever since they first saw a computer as teenagers. Malcolm Gladwell in Outliers mentioned the fact that having access to a computer at that time was a huge advantage, and Paul's story confirms that. The world only [...]

    2. Paul Allen's memoir made me nostalgic for the early days of the computer industry. Finding the love of programming with mainframes like DEC's PDP series, using punched cards with assembly language, long nights in the computer lab. In high school Allen started learning about computers and programming along with his freckle faced buddy, Bill Gates. The story of how they went from programming on timeshared mainframes in Seattle to working on BASIC for the Altair Computer is fascinating. While Gates [...]

    3. Биографии известных деятелей ИТ-индустрии в последнее время становятся все более популярными. И у этого есть в том числе объективные причины - пионеры индустрии и новых технологий достигают более чем зрелого возраста, а некоторые увы нас покидают. Если вы вдруг не читали б [...]

    4. If you have very little or no experience with how computers run, you might be in a purple haze reading the autobiography of Paul Allen - IDEA MAN.Fortunately, our family is blessed with more than our share of computer whiz-kids. It all started in the middle 80s when our oldest son received a Commodore 64 as a Christmas present. He had that thing maxed out by lunch. When I introduced a full-blown PC into the house in the 90s, it developed a problem. I took the machine back to the dealer, and the [...]

    5. This book on paper seems like the perfect match for me:-My Industry-My Town-My High School-My Sports teamsBut the story just didn't satisfy. The backstory of Microsoft is mildly interesting but not detailed enough to really stand on its own. Plus Allen's open contempt for Gates seems a bit overdone; even if he is just being completely honest I'm not sure why he pays Bill so many back-handed complements and outright jabs. What's in it for Paul except a desperate attempt to claim his rightful plac [...]

    6. I enjoyed parts of this book, other parts I found to be lacking in direction and structure, but, perhaps that was Allen's goal (a free-flowing of his consciousness) it is, after all, partly auto-biographical. I have to confess I enjoyed the sections with Bill Gates the most. This seems to be an honest, objective approach of Gates (Paul pointed out his talents as well as his flaws). Paul grew up in a middle-class setting. He was precocious and his parents noticed his innate ability in science and [...]

    7. This is not the history of the Microsoft company but the memoir of Paul Allen one of the founders. The narration is first person and freestyle; he tells it like he saw it.Apparently Allen had been fighting cancer when he left Microsoft. He continued on the Board of Directors and retained 28% share in the Company. Allen goes over the BASIC programming language that he and Bill Gates developed for the Altair computer. Allen’s major contribution was in developing the tools for building their prog [...]

    8. Interesting memoir from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. The chapters in which he discusses the company that made him billions are, predictably, the most interesting, but Allen has been involved in a variety of projects since he left Microsoft in the '80s. His adventures as a pro sports owner (Trailblazers, Seahawks), involvement in private space exploration and funding of genetic brain research, among others, are enjoyable reads, even if they do have a glossed over gee-whiz element to them. All [...]

    9. Excellent. I want to adopt him as my eccentric rich uncle and hope he sends a little my way. What does a very wealthy person do when he's no longer driving the technical side of Microsoft? Well, pretty much anything. He lived for himself - Portland Trailblazers and Seattle Seahawks, plus a 414 foot yacht that has a minisub and two helos - and others. Unlike the Koch brothers who only know how to destroy with their wealth, Allen helped so many people, including villages in Africa. Mapping the bra [...]

    10. This book was a fascinating read into the world of technology, how it came about, and one some of the instrumental players behind bringing it to life, as we know it. Paul comes across as a candid, fair, and the next door person. His vision has been ahead of time. His company with Bill Gates helped immensely in execution of the vision. Bill comes across as a shrewd businessman, who is also a good friend who somehow manages to maintain this split personality of being cut throat on the business tab [...]

    11. Having been a Windows user for most of my life, I've always wondered about the geniuses who where behind the software. This book tells the life story of Paul Allen, one of Microsoft's co-founders. Starting from his childhood until contemporary times, Allen reminisces about various important times in his life.Going through the book I was hoping Allen would talk more about the inner workings of Microsoft. And that's a good half of the book. The second half deals with his exploits after becoming a [...]

    12. Memoir by the Cofounder of Microsoft - Idea Man tells you how Microsoft was instrumental in establishing what we today refer to as the “wired world”. It talks about the serious hard work that Bill and Paul had to put in, which led to the inception of the tech giant that Microsoft is today. It also has some chilling details of why Paul Allen thinks Bill Gates was unfair to him and I think it’s only unfortunate that a legend like Paul Allen had to quit Microsoft. A salute to his perseverance [...]

    13. Muita informação técnica e precisa para quem deseja saber sobre a criação da Microsoft e os primórdios do mundo da tecnologia. Neste sentido, até se assemelha um pouco com o iWoz. Traz ricos detalhes sobre a amizade e parceria entre Gates e Allen já na adolescência. Bastante informação sobre a excentricidade de Allen - até um pouco exagerada, como nos detalhes infindáveis sobre o time de basquete e de football. Boas reflexões sobre o mundo da tecnologia e do empreendedorismo, já q [...]

    14. Incredibly dry.This memoir's biggest flaw is that Allen is unable to communicate the more inane details of his life in a more exciting fashion. But maybe that's just who Paul Allen is. I enjoyed the Bill Gates anecdotes. I wanted to learn more about the motivations behind Paul Allen, the man - an incredibly rich dude and lonely dude with some very expensive hobbies. I didn't quite get that.

    15. It had a promising start but it trailed off into personally uninteresting topics, and the book doesn't keep a consistent focus. I'd recommend reading up to Chapter 14 if you're just interested in the computer parts, which I was, then skip to the epilogue. Good research material though, you'll find things about Allen in here you won't find anywhere else. Also some inspirational quotes :)

    16. Allen is an interesting guy. With his money and philanthropy he has the opportunity to congratulate himself on his good fortune and fruits of hard work. This is sparse at times and a bit indulgentdropping names of musicians he's hosted on his yachts, the foundations he's named after himself and his family. The Microsoft beginnings part was interesting, as was his battles with cancer.

    17. Early part of the book was a little slow for me as it was a little to “tech” for me but the mid/late chapter were terrific. Overall really enjoyed the book and made me want to meet the man and get to know him personally.

    18. Insights into the life of Paul Allen and his life after Microsoft. He goes into detail about the founding story and now how he uses his money for good.

    19. The story of an exceptionally smart guy, who made a lot of money with his friend Bill Gates and then left and went his own way. Being rich enough to buy or do anything you want is an interesting concept.

    20. Paul Allen. Nice bloke, really. Maybe a bit of an accidental billionaire, but it's hard to grudge him the cash. He pretty much changed the world, after all, even if he was, as he admits, merely standing and building on the shoulders of giants. Money isn't everything though, and this is another of those life stories where the music of Neil Sedaka plays in the background as a soundtrack: "I miss the hungry years, we never had a dime."I think you'll have to be a bit of a geek to be really gripped b [...]

    21. dea Man A Memoir by the Cofounder of Microsoft by Paul AllenPaul Allen founded Microsoft with Bill Gates. They went to the same high school together and were close friends. They also were part of the early history of personal computers. Microsoft was founded on the program BASIC. One of the reasons it grew to prominence was also because it designed the disk operating system for IBM. Paul Allen does an excellent job describing the relentless drive behind people like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. I l [...]

    22. Interesting guy, but found the book a bit dry. The early days of Microsoft is interesting to hear about, but some of the more interesting sections would be around his childhood and how he actually fell in love with creating things.

    23. Idea Man is an autobiography, written by the man himself, Paul G. Allen. Now if you take a random person on the street and ask him/her who Paul Allen is, its a good bet that they won't know who he is. For the reader, Paul G. Allen co-founded Microsoft along with Bill Gates. Instrumental in the genesis of Microsoft, he was the idea-man as well as the "tech-guy" at Microsoft.This book isn't about the company he built though. The first half describes his childhood and his journey about how he co-fo [...]

    24. I am from Paul Allen's home town and have often seen his yachts and wondered what they are like inside so this book was interesting.More interesting was hearing his perspective on Microsoft's early days and his important work on mapping the brain. Music has always played a big role in his life and he has a recording studio on both his boats and submarines. He tells of his fascination with space and his intelligence shines through. Being a major Hendrix fan he tells how Jimmi rocked his world and [...]

    25. A well-written narration of OS mammoth.The book is in some way similar to iWoz,Steve Wozniak (the brain behind Apple).Why Microsoft lost its charm in a decade could be because of its vision.Paul was thinking way ahead of his time.Microsoft will be remembered in history to shape up personal and enterprise computing industry.While Steve Jobs claims how he introduced GUI to the world. Paul mention "Hey,Steve,just because you broke into Xerox's house before I did and took the TV doesn't mean I can't [...]

    26. Pretty good. I don't read many memoirs, so I don't have much to compare it to. Heck, I'm not even sure what I was hoping to get out of the book. I enjoyed the early bits about Allen and Gates's partnership. The story of the early growth of Microsoft was pretty interesting. I think I was expecting something a little more The Social Networky than I got, but I wasn't disappointed with the story.After that, the book became a laundry list of Allen's endeavours and experiences since Microsoft. This is [...]

    27. Though not even half way through this book, it has been a lot of fun to read so far. I am sure the book is jaded with Paul Allen's take on things, but it has been fun to look back and be reminded of things from when I was a kid. I grew up with the technology mentioned in this book.I remember going with my dad, in the Orange Pinto Station Wagon with Wood Paneling, to Computerland in Tigard, Oregon where my dad purchased an Apple II. I remember my dad took that computer with him on business trips [...]

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