Idea Man by Paul Allen
A Memoir by the Cofounder of Microsoft

71%

10 Critic Reviews

A diligently crafted scrapbook of gratitude, accusation and excess, guaranteed to entertain and even ruffle a few feathers.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

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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PAUL ALLEN is the billionaire technologist and philanthropist who cofounded Microsoft with Bill Gates. He is the chairman of Vulcan Inc. and founder of the Allen Institute for Brain Science. He also owns the Seattle Seahawks and the Portland Trail Blazers and is co-owner of the Seattle Sounders pro soccer team. He lives on Mercer Island, Washington.
 
Published April 19, 2011 by Portfolio. 368 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, Computers & Technology. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

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A diligently crafted scrapbook of gratitude, accusation and excess, guaranteed to entertain and even ruffle a few feathers.

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NY Times

Above average
on May 06 2011

Allen works hard in the pages of “Idea Man” to prove Coach Carroll’s point that he is a tech visionary.

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NY Times

Good
on Apr 18 2011

“Idea Man” is long overdue. It turns out to be as remote, yet as surpassingly strange, as its author...

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NY Times

Above average
on Apr 17 2011

The book is filled with admiring observations about Mr. Gates, his intelligence, his intensity, even his sense of humor.

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NY Times

Above average
on Mar 30 2011

...tinged with bitterness and regret, Mr. Allen accuses Mr. Gates of whittling down his ownership in the company and taking credit for some of his contributions.

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Guardian

Below average
on May 08 2011

After Microsoft, Allen seems to have drifted, and so does his narrative.

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Blog Critics

Good
on Jun 15 2011

As always, Paul Allen is thinking ahead. Idea Man is an apt title for his memoirs, and recommended.

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The Seattle Times

Above average
on May 02 2011

It's still fun and enlightening to peek behind the curtain that Seattle's most colorful billionaire has pulled around his life. Even if you're only seeing a stage carefully filled with Allen's favorite things.

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Business Week

Above average
on Apr 14 2011

You're not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but the jacket wrapped around Idea Man is truly baffling.

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EE Times

Good
on May 22 2011

The bottom line is that this is a very good and interesting read that I am happy to recommend wholeheartedly.

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