10 biographies of tech leaders you must read

10 biographies of the most prominent personalities in the field of technology that should be on your reading list

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Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Steven Paul “Steve” Jobs was the Co-Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Apple, the inventors of the iconic iPod, iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple Watch among many other Apple products.

Interesting fact is that Steve Jobs was also the CEO of Pixar –the computer animation studio– which he sold to The Walt Disney Company. Pixar Studios has been behind the creation of movies such as Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Cars, WallE etc.

Jobs is considered as a pioneer of the computer revolution in 1970s and 1980s, along with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

Hard Drive: Bill Gates and the Making of the Microsoft Empire by James Wallace & Jim Erikson

William Henry “Bill” Gates III is an American business magnate, entrepreneur, investor, author, and philanthropist. In 1975, Gates and Paul Allen co-founded Microsoft, which became the world’s largest Personal Computer software company.

Having a net worth of $85 billion according to Forbes and being one of the top 5 richest people in the world, Gates might become the world’s first “Trillionaire” by the time he turns 86, reported CNBC.

Idea Man: A Memoir of the Cofounder of Microsoft by Paul Allen

Paul Gardner Allen is an American business magnate, investor and philanthropist. He is best known as the Co-Founder of Microsoft, alongside Bill Gates.

Allen started his career as a programmer in Honeywell and according to Wealthx, he sold his private island, Allan Island, located southwest of Washington, for around $8 million in 2013.

iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It by Steve Wozniak

Stephen (or Stephan) Gary “Steve” Wozniak, nicknamed “Woz”, is an American inventor and technology entrepreneur who co-founded Apple along with Steve Jobs.

He is best known as the inventor of the Apple II computer, which established itself as a major player in personal computing space. While Woz worked on the innovation, Jobs was responsible for marketing Apple.

Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple’s Greatest Products by Leander Kahney

Sir Jonathan Paul “Jony” Ive, is a British industrial designer who is currently the Chief Design Officer (CDO) of Apple. Ive is the designer of many of Apple’s products, including the MacBook Pro, iMac, MacBook Air, Mac mini, iPod, iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini, Apple Watch and iOS.

Ive was the one who pushed Apple to embrace white products. Jobs was initially against using white, and was only convinced when presented with a different shade called moon gray.

Things A Little Bird Told Me: Confessions of the Creative Mind by Biz Stone

Christopher Isaac “Biz” Stone is the Co-Founder of Twitter, Obvious, Medium, and Jelly. His first startup was Xanga in 1999. Stone Co-Founded his latest venture, Jelly, with Ben Finkel. Jelly was launched in 2014 and is described as a new kind of search engine with the core assumption that for every question there is a person with an answer. Stone is currently Jelly’s CEO.

The Search Engine Journal quoted him when asked about the future of Social Networking, saying “In the future, what do I think will happen? I think we’ll be able to accomplish in one year what used to take 100 years. Because when people get together and coordinate, they can do amazing things.”

Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is Shaping our Future by Ashlee Vance

Elon Reeve Musk is the Founder, CEO, and CTO of SpaceX; Co-Founder, CEO, and product architect of Tesla Motors; Co-Founder and Chairman of SolarCity; Co-Chairman of OpenAI; Co-Founder of Zip2; and Founder of X.com which later got renamed to PayPal of Confinity.

Musk has stated that the goals of SolarCity, Tesla Motors, and SpaceX revolve around his vision to change the world and humanity. His goals include reducing global warming through sustainable energy production and consumption, and reducing the “risk of human extinction” by “making life multiplanetary” by setting up a human colony on Mars.

In addition to his primary business pursuits, he has also envisioned a high-speed transportation system known as the Hyperloop, and has proposed a VTOL supersonic jet aircraft with electric fan propulsion, known as the Musk Electric Jet.

Just for Fun: The Story of an Accidental Revolutionary by Linus Torvalds and David Diamond

Linus Benedict Torvalds is a Finnish software engineer who is the creator and, for a long time, principal developer, of the Linux kernel; which became the kernel for operating systems such as the Linux operating system, Android and Chrome OS.

According to an article in SuccessStory, After graduating with a master’s in Computer Science from NODES research group, Linus also briefly joined the Finnish Army in the summer of 1989, taking the rank of second lieutenant ballistic calculation officer later on.

Zero to One: Notes on Start Ups, or How to Build the Future

Peter Andreas Thiel is a German-American-New Zealand entrepreneur, hedge fund manager, venture capitalist, philanthropist, political activist, and author. referred to as the “Don of the PayPal Mafia”.

An article in the Telegraph states that through a variety of venture capital funds and his non-profit Thiel Foundation, Thiel has invested substantially in space travel, artificial intelligence, biotechnology and information technology. He has been one of the most public champions of ‘sea­steading’ – the idea of establishing floating communities outside territorial waters and beyond the regulatory powers of governments.

Think Like Zuck: The Five Business Secrets of Facebook’s Improbably Brilliant CEO Mark Zuckerberg by Ekaterina Walter

Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is an American computer programmer and Internet entrepreneur. He is the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and Co-Founder of Facebook.

According to a report in CNN, AOL and Microsoft tried to recruit Zuckerberg when he was in high school after he created Synapse, a program that used artificial intelligence to learn users’ music-listening habits.

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