Impatient Optimist: Bill Gates in His Own Words by Lisa RogakImpatient Optimist: Bill Gates in His Own Words by Lisa Rogak

Impatient Optimist: Bill Gates in His Own Words

EditorLisa Rogak

Paperback | August 31, 2012

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Bill Gates, the founder and former CEO of Microsoft, has been a revered, and occasionally controversial, worldwide business icon for more than three decades.Recognized by most as an ingenious visionary, and painted by some as a tyrannical, less-than-scrupulous empire builder, Gates has had an unignorable impact on the growth of digital technology in daily life over the past 30 years. Even his sharpest critics have to acknowledge the obvious: Gates helped spearhead one of the greatest revolutions in modern history by seizing on the importance of software to the rise of the personal computer, along the way turning an arcane, specialized technologyinto a commonplace tool for the office and home.Gates has long been ranked as one of the world's wealthiest men - which gave him a name recognition far greater than that of most CEOs - and businesspeople of all stripes have looked to him as a role model, using his words and business strategies to help create, inspire, and grow their own companies. After he stopped running Microsoft's day-to-day operations in 2008 to devote himself full-time to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a kinder, gentler Gates began to emerge. As a result, peopleactively involved in the philanthropic world, whether in professional, part-time, or personal capacities, began to develop a new appreciation for the man.Bill Gates's second act is no less compelling than his first. And whether you're interested in his personal life or looking for inspiration to drive you forward in your own business endeavors,Impatient Optimist: Bill Gates in His Own Words has much to offer. As the tech giants who distinguished the turn of the 21st century shape public life in ways that outstrip the efforts of the previous century's titans of industry, we look to figures like Gates for inspiration as one of America's greatest business icons. This book will surely feed the world's curiosity about one of the most important leaders of the digital age. Bill Gates, the founder and former CEO of Microsoft, has been a revered, and occasionally controversial, worldwide business icon for more than three decades.Recognized by most as an ingenious visionary, and painted by some as a tyrannical, less-than-scrupulous empire builder, Gates has had an unignorable impact on the growth of digital technology in daily life over the past 30 years. Even his sharpest critics have to acknowledge the obvious: Gates helped spearhead one of the greatest revolutions in modern history by seizing on the importance of software to the rise of the personal computer, along the way turning an arcane, specialized technologyinto a commonplace tool for the office and home.Gates has long been ranked as one of the world's wealthiest men - which gave him a name recognition far greater than that of most CEOs - and businesspeople of all stripes have looked to him as a role model, using his words and business strategies to help create, inspire, and grow their own companies. After he stopped running Microsoft's day-to-day operations in 2008 to devote himself full-time to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a kinder, gentler Gates began to emerge. As a result, peopleactively involved in the philanthropic world, whether in professional, part-time, or personal capacities, began to develop a new appreciation for the man.Bill Gates's second act is no less compelling than his first. And whether you're interested in his personal life or looking for inspiration to drive you forward in your own business endeavors,Impatient Optimist: Bill Gates in His Own Words has much to offer. As the tech giants who distinguished the turn of the 21st century shape public life in ways that outstrip the efforts of the previous century's titans of industry, we look to figures like Gates for inspiration as one of America's greatest business icons. This book will surely feed the world's curiosity about one of the most important leaders of the digital age.
Lisa Rogak is theNew York Times best-selling author of more than 40 books and hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles. Her books have been published in more than two dozen languages and are widely covered by book industry writers and in off-the-book-page media. She lives in Berkeley, CA.
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Title:Impatient Optimist: Bill Gates in His Own WordsFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:160 pages, 7 × 4.5 × 0.56 inShipping dimensions:7 × 4.5 × 0.56 inPublished:August 31, 2012Publisher:Agate PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1932841717

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Praise forIMPATIENT OPTIMIST: BILL GATES IN HIS OWN WORDSEditor Lisa Rogak... has compiled sound bites from Chairman Bill by topic, from A (acquiring other companies) to W (working with his wife). The result is like eating salted peanuts: Once you start reading, it's hard to stop." - Anne Fisher,CNN Money"Strategy Driven contributors appreciated the layout ofImpatient Optimist, the organization of quotes around meaningful topic areas, the dating of each quote, and Bill Gates' life story timeline provided at the end of the book." -Strategy DrivenPraise for Agate B2'sNew York Times Best-Selling Series,IN THEIR OWN WORDS:"[I, Steve] is the same treatment given such luminaries as Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln and Christopher Hitchens and offers Jobs's views on life, death, technology and design, among other topics.' - Timothy R. Smith,The Washington Post"A new book revealing many of Steve Jobs' most illuminating quotes... " - Lance Whitney,CNET"A 160-page collection of quotes from the most iconic product pitchman since P.T. Barnum." - Ben Popper,The New York Observer BetaBeat blog"A much better Jobs product is coming soon. It'll entertain you for hours, and no - it is not a Jobs-branded iPad or anything similarly high-tech. It is, friends, an old-fashioned book!" - Hillary Reinsberg,Mogulite"Inspirational reading pleasure." - Courtney Boyd Myers,The Next Web"The kind of book that you read, think about, and then pass on to a friend or colleague... I learned a lot about Jobs' thinking process." - Allen Stern,CenterNetworks"[Boy Billionaire] reveals the intimate thoughts and beliefs of the man who has arguably created one of the world's largest companies... and who is also one of the world's greatest social connectors." -Strategy Driven"A short work to be dipped into for nuggets of business (or law firm) wisdom... " - Michael Roach,Law Technology NewsPraise for Lisa Rogak's previous titleAND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTHINESS:"A conversational, multiperspective account of his life... .This is the first major biography of Colbert and one fans will appreciate." -Library Journal"Ms. Rogak's method of introducing Colbert the Person and Colbert the Character is near faultless... .This biography could have easily been titled The Tale of Two Colberts; however, Colbert's signature 'truthiness' seems to befit the style and enjoyment Ms. Rogak obviously had writingAnd Nothing But the Truthiness." -New York Journal of Books"As close to a bio of the man - rather than the persona who hosts 'The Colbert Report' - that we'll see anytime soon." -New York Daily NewsPraise for Lisa Rogak's previous bookHAUNTED HEART: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF STEPHEN KING:'Haunted Heart is a thoroughly respectful overview of King's life, and a great starter biography for new fans.' -The Boston Globe'Rogak... has pieced together King's sometimes erratic life scrupulously into a clean, swift read.' -The Times (UK)Praise for Lisa Rogak's previous titleA BOY NAMED SHEL: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SHEL SILVERSTEIN:'An authoritative and accessible biography, absorbing from cover to cover.' -Library Journal'A tribute to the unusual life of an extraordinary man.' -The Daily Texan "