Authors Des Dearlove and Stephen Coomber present capsule biographies of 50 individuals who have played a major role in the spread of e-business. Besides providing some background on each person, these bios highlight their major contributions as individuals or through their companies. While many names and stories are familiar - Jeff Bezos, Larry Ellison, Bill Gates - others are less so, such as the developers of Google and Real Networks. The bios mix high-tech contributors, entrepreneurs and journalists covering the e-business revolution. Though the book has a brief introduction, it suffers from its alphabetical listing of the contributors, which presents the bios out of context. getAbstract says this book "coulda been a contender" if it grouped its bios in chronological order or by field, and offered introductions to local sections of that nature. Still, it’s a useful encyclopedia of the selected individuals and a valuable e-resource.
In this summary, you will learn
- How the Internet has grown more rapidly than any technology in history
- Why the future of e-business belongs to companies that create the highest value for customers; and
- Who the architects of e-commerce are
About the Authors
Des Dearlove is co-founder of the media content, concepts and consulting firm, Suntops Media. He writes regularly for the Times, the American Management Review and Human Resources. He is the author of a number of books on management practice, including The Ultimate Book of Business Thinking and Business the Bill Gates Way. Stephen Coomber writes for a variety of publications, including Internet Money magazine. He is author of Heart and Soul, a report on corporate values.