Summary of Joe Wilson and the Creation of Xerox

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Photocopying is easy, but it took more than pushing a button to build Xerox; it took Joe Wilson.


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This notable biography recounts the remarkable story of Joe Wilson, a shy entrepreneur who overcame tremendous technological and business challenges to develop an entirely new photographic process and create the Xerox Corporation. Wilson was a powerful but quiet leader who motivated employees, family members, business associates and his community to achieve the impossible. Charles D. Ellis presents a comprehensive portrait of the man and his times, highlighting the roles of luck and perseverance. He tells how Wilson built a revolutionary machine even before he had a market and, in that process, pioneered a new technology and transformed his grandfather’s small company into Xerox. The story is slow at times, but getAbstract highly recommends Ellis's inspirational business profile to those who enjoy stories of legendary business leaders and the companies they built.

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  • How Joe Wilson built the Xerox Corporation;
  • What made him a great business leader; and
  • What impact the 914 copier had on the history of technology.


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Joseph Chamberlain Wilson was born in December 1909 to Joseph Robert Wilson (known as J.R.) and Katharine Upton Wilson in Rochester, New York. Rochester was the home of Eastman Kodak, the world’s largest supplier of photographic paper and film, and the largest corporation...
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About the Author

Charles D. Ellis founded and for 30 years managed a leading global strategy firm in the financial services industry. He taught investment management at Yale and Harvard, and has written 11 books, including Capital: The Story of Long-Term Investment Excellence.

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