The Innovators by Walter Isaacson is a well-written history of many of the disruptive innovations in technology, including the people and companies you’ve heard of, but also others that were doing similar things that failed and few people know about. Isaacson looks at why some are successful and others failed and were forgotten.
He talks about cross-functional teams and the serendipity of interactions that led to success. These ideas inspired major tech companies like Pixar, Apple and Google to rethink things like how they layout their office to see some of the effects Isaacson mentions.
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