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Idea man : a memoir by the cofounder of Microsoft

Author: Paul Allen
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Portfolio/Penguin, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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. His passions and curiosity have transformed the way we live. In 2007 and again in 2008, Time named him one of the hundred most influential people in the world. It all started on a snowy day in December 1974, when he was twenty-one years old.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Paul Allen; Paul Allen; Paul Allen; Paul Allen
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Allen
ISBN: 9781591843825 1591843820 9781591844488 1591844487
OCLC Number: 635459397
Notes: Includes index.
Description: viii, 358 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Opportunity ---
Roots ---
Lakeside ---
Acolytes ---
Wazzu ---
2+2=4! ---
MITS ---
Partners ---
SoftCard ---
Project Chess ---
Borrowed time ---
Wake-up call ---
Hellhounds ---
Blazermania ---12th man ---
Space ---
Jimi ---
Wired world ---
Fat pipe ---
Searching ---
Mapping the brain ---
Adventure ---
In sum.
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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. His passions and curiosity have transformed the way we live. In 2007 and again in 2008, Time named him one of the hundred most influential people in the world. It all started on a snowy day in December 1974, when he was twenty-one years old. After buying the new issue of Popular Electronics in Harvard Square, Allen ran to show it to his best friend from Seattle, Bill Gates, then a Harvard undergrad. The magazine's cover story featured the Altair 8800, the first true personal computer; Allen knew that he and Gates had the skills to code a programming language for it. When Gates agreed to collaborate on BASIC for the Altair, one of the most influential partnerships of the digital era was up and running. 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. Idea Man is the candid and long-awaited memoir of an intensely private person, a tale of triumphant highs and terrifying lows. -- Book jacket.

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