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In this audiobook, Jarvis lends his enthusiastic and professorial voice to his own brief study of technological disruption, Gutenberg the Greek. Jarvis argues that Johannes Gutenberg - famed 15th-century inventor of the printing revolution - was the precursor and de facto role model of modern innovators such as Steve Jobs. < i>Gutenberg the Greek is a lesson in overcoming technological obstacles, recognizing opportunities, and mitigating risk, and listeners can enjoy its entirety on one 30-minute trek to the office.
Jeff Jarvis is the author of Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live and What Would Google Do?: Reverse-Engineering the Fastest Growing Company in the History of the World. He directs the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism.
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By John J. Sviokla on 05-21-15
Concise, precise, and insightful
This essay is a must reading for any technologist or entrepreneur. Jarvis does a fantastic job of reframing the story of Gutenberg from the modern point of view of Silicon Valley and the analogy not only works but is inspiring. Understanding Gutenberg's trials and tribulations in terms of the technology, the capital he needed, and the deals he cut are fascinating. Perhaps most importantly, Jarvis notes that because of losing his invention to his investor Gutenberg began to teach the world about how to use his invention. The first open source revolution.
It was a pleasure to listen to it.
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