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Book Synopsis: "Idea Man: A Memoir by the Cofounder of Microsoft”

Posted: April 20, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 20, 2011 1:55 a.m.

“Idea Man: A Memoir by the Cofounder of Microsoft”

Paul Allen

Paul Allen, best known as the cofounder of Microsoft, has left his mark on numerous fields, from aviation and science to rock ‘n’ roll, professional sports and philanthropy.

While much has been written about Microsoft’s early years, Allen has never before told the story from his point of view.
Nor has he previously talked about the details of his complex relationship with Gates or his behind-closed-doors perspective on how a struggling startup became the most powerful technology company in the world.

After becoming seriously ill with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1982, Allen began scaling back his involvement with Microsoft. He recovered and started using his fortune — and his ideas — for a life of adventure and discovery, from the first privately funded spacecraft to a landmark breakthrough in neuroscience.

To me, that’s the most exciting question imaginable. ... From technology to science to music to art, I’m inspired by those who’ve blurred the boundaries, who’ve looked at the possibilities, and said, “What if...?” Allen said.

In his own work, Allen says he has tried to anticipate what’s coming over the horizon, to hasten its arrival, and to apply it to people’s lives in a meaningful way. ... The varied possibilities of the universe have dazzled him since he was a child, and they continue to drive his work, his investments, and his philanthropy.

“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.” — Jann S. Wenner, edtior and publisher, Rolling Stone

Available for Kindle, NOOKBook, Sony eReader



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