by Counter Cultured | June 4, 2015 1:32 pm
by Joshua de Gastyne
1) Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance (2015)
Hot off the press and selling like hot-cakes, this new bio profiles the journey of an ambitious young man from South Africa who has already founded billion-dollar companies in three radically different industries: cars, rockets, and solar power. Next up: batteries. At the ripe young age of 43, Musk’s story should definitely be next up on your Amazon Kindle Wish List. Speaking of which…
2) The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone (2013)
If you don’t count the Walton heirs (see book #11), Jeff Bezos is one of the 10 richest people in the world. How did he make his $40 billion? By leaving a high-paying investment banking job on Wall Street in his 20s to invest in a dream: building a store to sell EVERYTHING. Amazon, originally named Cadabra.com, is one of the few businesses that would survive the dot-com bubble bust and usher in a new age of savvy realpolitik in the retail industry (just ask Barnes & Noble…).
3) Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (2011)
The world mourned when the founder of Apple passed away. We’ve been die-hard fans ever since the first time he dared us to “put a dent in the universe”. He demanded perfection from underlings, who routinely built cutting-edge tools to help us experience the world in new ways. Ironically, though Jobs was infamous for being stingy with philanthropy, he designed a plethora of platforms that so much of our charity depends on today. He seemed to never lose sight of the most important things – especially “how to live before you die”, the title of his renowned speech at the 2005 Stanford commencement.
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