We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Call anytime(888) 283-5051
 >   > 
Microsoft: First Generation | [Cheryl Tsang]

Microsoft: First Generation

Microsoft: First Generation uncovers the range of surprising success secrets behind the upstart company that defined the Age of Information - and reveals, once and for all, exactly what makes Microsoft tick.
Regular Price:$17.47
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

This story has all the ingredients of a modern legend, representing nothing less than the proverbial American Dream - writ extra-large. It is a story of hard work and brilliance, of extraordinary commitment and overwhelming desire. And these are the story's original cast members, who could not possibly have foreseen the epic, unprecedented success that awaited them. After all, the technology empire which these 12 visionaries helped to foster under a man named Bill Gates has all but single-handedly defined our Age of Information - and changed the world forever.


What began as a modest start-up partnership only 25 years ago has already surpassed all the giants of contemporary capitalism, including General Electric and IBM, and has achieved a market value estimated at nearly $500 billion. How did Microsoft achieve all of this in so short a time? What was the true nature of the Microsoft environment in the beginning, and what are the secrets behind its triumph?


Meet the early builders of Microsoft and step inside the famous culture of loyalty, the storied "maniacal work ethic," and the hardcore world of reckless risk-taking that remains so integral to the computer giant's matchless and ongoing success.

©1999 by Jay Cheryl Tsang; (P)2000 Blackstone Audiobooks

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

2.9 (41 )
5 star
 (5)
4 star
 (9)
3 star
 (10)
2 star
 (12)
1 star
 (5)
Overall
3.5 (8 )
5 star
 (2)
4 star
 (2)
3 star
 (2)
2 star
 (2)
1 star
 (0)
Story
3.2 (6 )
5 star
 (1)
4 star
 (2)
3 star
 (1)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (1)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Glenn Xenia, OH, United States 02-27-07
    Glenn Xenia, OH, United States 02-27-07 Member Since 2004
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Some interesting history but..."

    Originally published in 1999 during the dot-com boom, some parts of this book are a bit dated. Written as a series of mini-biographies and interviews of a group of early Microsoft employees, it does contain some interesting historical insights to Microsoft but the stories are mostly bland and repetitive. The "maniacal work ethic" theme became especially grating after chapter 5. The narration was well-paced and clear but somewhat monotone. Overall, this book pales in comparison to similar works such as iWoz and iCon.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    George big pine, CA, United States 10-04-10
    George big pine, CA, United States 10-04-10
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    40
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Junk."

    Stay away from this book. Audible... You should offer a refund to anyone who payed for this sad excuse for a book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Pierre New Minas, NS, Canada 09-23-04
    Pierre New Minas, NS, Canada 09-23-04
    HELPFUL VOTES
    46
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    27
    17
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "Half the story"

    This is an entertaining and interesting book. These are obvioulsy smart and hard-working people, and rightly stand as an inspiration to us.

    The reader should keep in mind, however, that much of Microsoft's success is also due to ruthless and predatory tactics.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  •  
    George Orwell San Francisco, CA United States 07-13-04
    George Orwell San Francisco, CA United States 07-13-04 Member Since 2003

    laguna10

    HELPFUL VOTES
    19
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    40
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    "Truely awful"

    It is such a shame. Imagine a party where everyone is telling the best reditions (often exaggerated) of their life choices and career path. These party goes will be slapping each other on the back for their good judgement, their luck, their brilliance. They are unlikely to tell the truth such that you would ever use the story as a basis for your own decision making. The story is also unlikely to provide access into what actually happened so that you get a sense of being there or give lessons to repeat it. Record these stories at your next party. Transcribe them. Publish as a book.

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Joshua Lafayette, LA, USA 09-03-09
    Joshua Lafayette, LA, USA 09-03-09
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Very intresting book"

    Story was very interesting, good style of writing. However the narration was a bit unpleasant to the ears. Still a great book for the Microsoft fan.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jose Manel Bernal 01-27-10 Listener Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    7
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    10
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Great voice for a Spanish spoken"

    I speak spanish and use audible to learn english with my favorite computer tech books so i understand very well this audiobook, and enjoy, because i have some audibles i cant understand at the first listening

    so i hope good choice of narrators

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-6 of 6 results
Sort by:
  • Simon
    Northolt, Middlesex, United Kingdom
    4/17/07
    Overall
    "Frankly I'm Puzzled...."

    I'm sure the book would have been a great listen, however, I was instantly put off purchasing the book when all I heard in the sample audio was a list of credits to the book's architects.

    Yes I do believe you should give due credit but I'm not prepared to make a purchase on the strength of that alone.

    Give me a sample of the book's content as well so I can make an informed decision.

    On a positive note, the theme of the book sounded very interesting which is why I listend to the sample in the first place.

    I hope the publishers read my note and take further steps to convince me the this book is going to be a great listen - please!

    4 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-1 of 1 results

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.