• by Cheryl Tsang
  • Narrated by Mary Woods
  • 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This story has all the ingredients of a modern legend, representing nothing less than the proverbial American Dream - writ extra-large. It is a story of hard work and brilliance, of extraordinary commitment and overwhelming desire. And these are the story's original cast members, who could not possibly have foreseen the epic, unprecedented success that awaited them. After all, the technology empire which these 12 visionaries helped to foster under a man named Bill Gates has all but single-handedly defined our Age of Information - and changed the world forever.
What began as a modest start-up partnership only 25 years ago has already surpassed all the giants of contemporary capitalism, including General Electric and IBM, and has achieved a market value estimated at nearly $500 billion. How did Microsoft achieve all of this in so short a time? What was the true nature of the Microsoft environment in the beginning, and what are the secrets behind its triumph?

Meet the early builders of Microsoft and step inside the famous culture of loyalty, the storied "maniacal work ethic," and the hardcore world of reckless risk-taking that remains so integral to the computer giant's matchless and ongoing success.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Half the story

This is an entertaining and interesting book. These are obvioulsy smart and hard-working people, and rightly stand as an inspiration to us.

The reader should keep in mind, however, that much of Microsoft's success is also due to ruthless and predatory tactics.
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- Pierre

Truely awful

It is such a shame. Imagine a party where everyone is telling the best reditions (often exaggerated) of their life choices and career path. These party goes will be slapping each other on the back for their good judgement, their luck, their brilliance. They are unlikely to tell the truth such that you would ever use the story as a basis for your own decision making. The story is also unlikely to provide access into what actually happened so that you get a sense of being there or give lessons to repeat it. Record these stories at your next party. Transcribe them. Publish as a book.
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- George Orwell "laguna10"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-10-2001
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.