Idea Man: A Memoir by the Cofounder of Microsoft
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...more
“The entire conversation took five minutes. When it was over, Bill and I looked at each other. It was one thing to talk about writing a language for a microprocessor and another to get the job done….If we’d been older or known better, Bill and I might have been put off by the task in front of us. But we were young and green enough to believe that we just might pull it off.”
Paul Allen, best known as the cofounder of Microsoft, has left his mark on numerous fields, from aviation and science to ro...more
I think you'll have to be a bit of a geek to be really grippe...more
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You can tell in the book that he's trying to make a name for himself especially since everyone equates Microsoft to Bill Gates (mostly). It was impressive to see how many fields of interest Paul has and the contributions he's made to a variety of fields...more
Paul 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...more
I enjoyed the first half of the book...more
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...more
-My High School
-My Sports teams
But 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...more
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...more
After that, the book became a laundry list of Allen's endeavours and experiences since Microsoft. This is...more
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...more
The book started out interesting. It was entertaining to read about the first days of Microsoft, but then he bought a sports team. Whenever sports becomes involved, my interest wanes.
Since this is about a computer guy, I will provide some pseudo computer code to describe this book
Function ReadBook ("Idea Man")
'Begining part about microsoft
ReadBook.Interesting = true
'Second half of book about sports
ReadBook.Interesting = false
Allen started Microsoft with Gates, a childhood friend, in Albuquerque in 1975. He was the company's chief technologist until he left in 1983.
Since then, Allen has become one of the nation's leading philanthropists and continues the search for knowledg...more