It's exciting times to be a techie right now. With the booming start-up scene and enthusiastic support of venture capitalists, it's not that difficult anymore to realize your dream of rebuilding things for the better, of taking an idea and bringing it to life in the best way possible. But in case you ever feel the need for some motivation, there's nothing like the life story of tech giants who've made it before you.
Read on to know some of our favourite picks:
'Hard Drive: Bill Gates and the Making of the Microsoft Empire' by James Wallace and Jim Erikson offers an introduction to Bill Gates and the rise of Microsoft. It also includes the lessons that we can learn from him.
'Steve Jobs' by the American writer and biographer Walter Isaacson. The book on the legendary innovator Steve Jobs is based on more than 40 interviews conducted over two years along with interviews with his more than 100 family members, friends, colleagues and competitors.
'Idea Man: A Memoir by the Co-Founder of Microsoft' tells about Paul Allen's contribution towards setting up Microsoft with his schoolmate Bill Gates. He joined Bill Gates to create a programing language for personal computers. The book gives insights about the initial days of Microsoft and the challenges he faced till he stepped down from the company.
‘The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon', a biography by Brad Stone, captures the spirit of innovation of Jeff Bezos and Amazon. The biography delves into the transformation of the entire industry via e-commerce and cloud computing.
'The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life' by Alice Schroeder. Warren Buffet is known as a legend in the world of investment and the biography provides insights about the man who transformed Berkshire Hathaway into the empire it is today.
'iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing It'. The book describes how the other ‘Steve' played a massive role in establishing Apple as a force to reckon with in the tech world.
'The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook' by Ben Mezrich, is a fast-paced and well-written book. You don't need any technical skills to understand the conversations that are portrayed. The book provides valuable insights into how a single website can end up becoming an integral part of more than a billion lives.
'The Man Behind the Microchip: Robert Noyce and the Invention of Silicon Valley' by Leslie Berlin. Robert Noyce is the man behind iconic companies like Fairchild Corporations and Intel and is credited, along with Jack Kilby, as kickstarting the entire computer revolution as we know it. Not only was he a brilliant inventor and entrepreneur but a daring risk taker too. And this book brings out all these facets brilliantly.
'Just for Fun: The Story of an Accidental Revolutionary' by Linus Torvalds. This book is a great read into the history of Linux. It sheds light on how you can take the idea of ‘free' and turn it profitable.
'Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple's Greatest Products' by Leander Kahney. The book is a must for those who want to know more about the man behind designing some of the most iconic Apple products like the iPod, iMac and the iPhone.
What unites all these icons is their passion to not stop till they've realized their vision. Till they've rebuilt what's already there and made it way better than anything that has ever been. If you would like to know more about another such ‘Rebuild' story which has been more than 100 years in the making, click here.