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Idea Man A Memoir by Paul Allen


What’s it like to start a revolution?How do you build the biggest tech company in the world?And why do you walk away from it all?Paul Allen co-founded Microsoft. Together he and Bill Gates turned an idea – writing software – into a company and then an entire industry. This is the story of how it came about: two young mavericks who turned technology on its head, the bitter battles as each tried to stamp his vision on the future and the ruthless brilliance and fierce commitment.

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Idea Man: A Memoir by the Cofounder of Microsoft (2011) is the New York Times bestselling memoir by Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen. Published in 2011 by Portfolio, a Penguin Group imprint, the book recounts how Allen became enamored with computers at an early age, conceived the idea for Microsoft, recruited his friend Bill Gates to join him, and launched what would become the world’s most successful software company.

The book, reveals the often conflicted partnership between Allen and Gates, and how ? when Allen was recovering from cancer ? Gates unsuccessfully conspired to dilute Allen’s 36 percent share of Microsoft. Idea Man also explores Allen’s business and creative ventures following his 1983 departure from Microsoft, including his involvement in SpaceShipOne, his purchase of the Portland Trail Blazers and Seattle Seahawks, his passion for music, and his ongoing support for scientific research.

Described by critics as candid, profound and incendiary, Idea Man is a true story of ambition and ideas made real.

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Paul Allen


Paperback / softback 384 pages


Penguin Books Ltd




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