Idea Man: A Memoir
By his early thirties, Paul Allen was a world-famous billionaire - and that was just the beginning. In 2007 and 2008, "Time" named Paul Allen, the cofounder of Microsoft, one of the hundred most influential people in the world. Since he made his fortune, his impact has been felt in science, technology, business, medicine, sports, music, and philanthropy. His passion, curiosity, and intellectual rigor - combined with the resources to launch and support new initiatives - have literally changed the world. In 2009 Allen discovered that he had lymphoma, lending urgency to his desire to share his story for the first time. In this long-awaited memoir, Allen explains how he has solved problems, what he's learned from his many endeavors - both the triumphs and the failures - and his compelling vision for the future. He reflects candidly on an extraordinary life. This book also features previously untold stories about everything from the true origins of Microsoft to Allen's role in the dawn of private space travel (with SpaceShipOne) and in discoveries at the frontiers of brain science. With honesty, humor, and insight, Allen tells the story of a life of ideas made real.
Paul Allen is the billionaire technologist who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates. He is a prominent philanthropist who also owns the Seattle Seahawks and several other sports team He established the Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in Seattle, which houses exhibitions on popular music and science fiction.