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The Ultimate Entrepreneur: The Story Of Ken Olsen And Digital Equipment Corporation

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The first full-length portrait of Olsen and his company describes the hectic pace of DEC's growth; the engineers' revolt that led to the formation of Data General; the loss of the personal computer market to IBM and Apple; and Wall Street's call for the ouster of Ken Olsen in 1983.
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Published October 1st 1988 by McGraw-Hill/Contemporary
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Dec 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
I've read it twice, both times capturing my interest because I was involved.

This book rated a 4 or 5 star for me but only because I lived through the times of DEC from 1973 to 1984 as a sales and marketing manager. I knew many of the people mentioned in the book, and certainly KenOlsen, Win Hindle, Stan Olson because of participating in many customer meetings with them both in the home office and in the field.

The author dealt with the higher levels of the company and unfortunately did not get
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Jim Carty
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
I found this book very interesting. It follows the history of Digital Equipment Corp. from 1957 to 1987. Reading it in 2014 puts it a different perspective. I found a lot of similarities between Ken Olsen and Henry Ford on how they ran their businesses.
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Author finished the book right at DEC's peak!
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