Pronk Pops Show 30: June 6, 2011: Segment 1: Paul Allen–Idea Man: A Memoir By The Co-founder of Microsoft–Videos

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Segment 2: Paul Allen–Idea Man: A Memoir By The Co-founder of Microsoft–Videos

Paul Allen shares his ‘ideas’

Paul Allen – Revolutionary Idea Man

Paul Allen on Gates, Microsoft

Charlie Rose – Paul Allen 04/18/11

Idea Man by Paul Allen, read by Doug Shiloh 4-20-11

“…Synopsis

“The entire conversation took five minutes. When it was over, Bill and I looked at each other. It was one thing to talk about writing a language for a microprocessor and another to get the job done . . . If we’d been older or known better, Bill and I might have been put off by the task in front of us. But we were young and green enough to believe that we just might pull it off.”

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, Timenamed 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 Electronicsin 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 Manis the candid and long-awaited memoir of an intensely private person, a tale of triumphant highs and terrifying lows.

After becoming seriously ill with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1982, Allen began scaling back his involvement with Microsoft. He recovered and started using his fortune-and his ideas-for a life of adventure and discovery, from the first privately funded spacecraft (SpaceShipOne) to a landmark breakthrough in neuroscience (the Allen Brain Atlas). His eclectic ventures all start with the same simple question: What shouldexist? As Allen has written:

To me, that’s the most exciting question imaginable. . . . From technology to science to music to art, I’m inspired by those who’ve blurred the boundaries, who’ve looked at the possibilities, and said, “What if…?” In my own work, I’ve tried to anticipate what’s coming over the horizon, to hasten its arrival, and to apply it to people’s lives in a meaningful way. . . . The varied possibilities of the universe have dazzled me since I was a child, and they continue to drive my work, my investments, and my philanthropy.

Idea Man is an astonishing true story of ideas made real. …”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIFl7SWWAvg

Over the weekend I read two books, The Facebook Effect and Idea Man: A Memoir By The Cofounder of Microsoft.

I recommend both books and would read them back to back.

I concluded that Gates made a big mistake when he apparently tried to dilute Allen’s ownership share of Microsoft.

Background Articles and Videos

Paul Allen Sues Apple, Google and Others Over Patented Technology

Paul Allen Web Site

http://ideaman.paulallen.com/

Paul Allen

“…Paul Gardner Allen (born January 21, 1953) is an American investor and philanthropist who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates and is one of the wealthiest people in the world with a personal wealth of US$13.5 billion as of 2010. He is the founder and chairman of Vulcan Inc., which manages his business and philanthropic efforts. Allen also has a multi-billion dollar investment portfolio which includes technology companies such as Evri and Gist, real estate holdings, and stakes in other technology, media, and content companies. Allen also owns two professional sports teams, the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL),[2] and the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).[3] He is also part-owner of the Seattle Sounders FC, which joined Major League Soccer (MLS) in 2009.[4] Allen’s memoir Idea Man: A Memoir by the Cofounder of Microsoft was released on April 19, 2011, and extensive excerpts have been published in the May 2011 issue of Vanity Fair.[5] …”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_allen

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