Books to Read – History of Great IT Companies

The season of vacationing is coming. Even if you haven’t decided yet how to spend it and where to go, we have an excellent and simple idea of what you should take with you – a book. We’ve selected some books that can inspire, motivate, and expand the boundaries of your consciousness. Success stories and histories of some of the biggest IT companies can make your vacation even better after which you’ll come back with new ideas and full of energy to improve and to change.

Walter IsaacsonThe Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution


After its blockbuster biography of Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson revealed stories of the people who created the computer and the Internet. The book tells of how certain inventors and entrepreneurs turned their visionary ideas into disruptive realities. Isaacson put together the stories of more than 60 philosophers, scientists, engineers, tinkerers and inventors, such as Ada Lovelace, Vannevar Bush, Alan Turing, John von Neumann, J.C.R. Licklider, Doug Engelbart, Robert Noyce, Bill Gates, Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs, Tim Berners-Lee, and Larry Page.

Leander KahneyJony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple’s Greatest Products


What do we know about Jony Ive? Well, he worked with Steve Jobs and is Apple’s Chief Design Officer. Besides that, he designed some of the world’s most iconic technology products, like iMac, iPod, iPad and iPhone. But do you know that he earned a place on the 2013 Time 100 list and was knighted for his “services to design and entrepreneurship”.

Leander Kahney showed the path of Jony Ive from an English art school student with dyslexia to the man who changed the world of consumer electronics with its design.

Adam LashinskyInside Apple: How America’s Most Admired – and Secretive – Company Really Works


Adam Lashinky, Fortune journalist, revealed the backstage life of Apple, its secret systems, tactics and leadership strategies; wrote on the personality of Steve Jobs, on former iPod’s senior director who wasn’t charismatic enough; analyzed the leadership style of Tim Cook. Lashinsky described how Apple’s products were designed and created; how it innovates and handles the transition into the post Jobs era; and how a small company became a tech giant with the spirit of a startup.

Bill GatesImpatient Optimist: Bill Gates in His Own Words


Bill Gates has long been ranked as one of the world’s wealthiest men and many entrepreneurs, used his words and business strategies to create and grow his own companies. But the situation was changed in 2008 when he stopped being Microsoft’s CEO and devoted himself to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. After that people involved in philanthropic efforts began to look differently at him. In this book you will find his statements about the business partnership, programming, about how and with who you should be in friends in big business, and his thoughts about education and philanthropy.

Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg, Alan EagleHow Google Works


This book is not about the technical functioning of its search algorithm, or email services, or any other products, but how the company is managed. The book covers topics including corporate culture, strategy, talent acquisition, decision-making, communication, innovation, dealing with disruption, and many others with numerous examples from Google’s history that were published for the first time.

Brad StoneThe Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon


For many years, the most expensive company worldwide by its capitalization was Apple. In 2016, Google is directly competing with them. The capitalization of each is reaching $500 billion. Is there anyone who can compete with these two tech giants? Yes, and that’s Amazon. This book is about a company that started off delivering books through  email and the biography of its founder, Jeff Bazos, who wasn’t content of being a simple bookseller.

Ashlee VanceElon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future


In this book Ashlee Vance provides the first look into the life and achievements of Silicon Valley’s most risky and ironic entrepreneur, prototype of Iron Man – Elon Musk. Based on exclusive interviews with Elon, his family and friends (almost 300 people), the author describes the entrepreneur’s life path from the childhood in South Africa to the top of the tech business world and tells the amazing stories of Musk’s world-changing companies: PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX and Solar City.

David KirkpatrickThe Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World


This may be one of those situation when you could watch the movie first and then read the book. And this is the case about Mark Zuckerberg and his network. This book is a story of the company that has gone from a dorm-room novelty to a network with 1.65 billion active monthly users. The author tells us how Facebook was created, why it flourished, and where it’s going next. Kirkpatrick describes the successes and failures of the project whose founders hadn’t planned to make money in their network’s first steps.

Andrew GroveOnly the Paranoid Survive: How to Exploit the Crisis Points That Challenge Every Company


Andrew Groove led Intel during its most difficult times, when many specialists thought that it won’t survive. The book describes the history of overcoming the crisis that was caused by the appearance of Japanese competitors and errors in the Pentium processor. Nowadays this story is taught in business schools. Groove delivers his messages by examining his own record of success and failure.

Konosuke MatsushitaThe Path


In Japan, the name of Konosuke Matsushita is spoken with a huge respect, even 27 years after his death. Some call him “the god of management” and he remains one of the most inspirational business thinkers ever. In his book The Path Matsushita shares his experience on: how to inspire innovations on all levels, manage through tough times, and create big company value and a great legacy. All these tips are confirmed by the success stories of Panasonic Corporation that he founded.