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Bloomberg by Bloomberg [Kindle Edition]

Michael R. Bloomberg
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Book Description

The remarkable story of how Michael Bloomberg created a media empire

"Lots of entrepreneurs make money. Lots of entrepreneurs who make money write books. Few of those books make you glad they did. This one does."
—The New York Times Book Review

"A classic tale of a nimble, customer-focused, entrepreneurial David outsmarting bureaucratic, ossified, corporate Goliaths."
—Business Week

"Entertaining, engaging, and informative, Bloomberg by Bloomberg is packed with great advice about how to start a lean, hungry company-and how to keep it that way."
—Bryan Burrough, coauthor, Barbarians at the Gate

Brash, aggressive, and supremely self-confident, Michael Bloomberg, the visionary leader of the world's fastest-growing media empire, has been hailed as the new standard for what it takes to win in the Information Age. Dismissed from Salomon Brothers in 1981, Bloomberg immediately took his money and acerbic personality and started Bloomberg L.P. Bolstered by a $30 million investment from Merrill Lynch, the company and the man have been sprinting ahead of the pack ever since. Only twenty years after founding, he's at the top of his industry. And on June 5, 2001, he added mayoral candidate for New York City to his list of accomplishments and aspirations. If elected, powerhouse Michael Bloomberg will bring his own brand of leadership-and personal style-to the city that never sleeps.

Editorial Reviews Review

Members of the world's financial communities are increasingly securing the information that drives them from Michael Bloomberg. His specialized media--including manipulable online data feeds, a global newswire, and extensive magazine and broadcast outlets--have turned the business of business news upside down. Along the way, he's made a substantial fortune and a significant name for himself. In Bloomberg by Bloomberg, he reveals (with help from colleague Matthew Winkler) how it all came to be.


Media moguls are hard to like. Rupert Murdoch may be a visionary, but would you want to work for him? Ted Turner may be a risk taker, but aren't you glad he didn't take over CBS? So it's an achievement that Michael Bloomberg has written an instructive and engaging autobiography. -- The New York Times Book Review, William C. Taylor

Product Details

  • File Size: 3231 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (May 18, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001C4NP28
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,712 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Big February 21, 2002
Don't be deceived by the modest size of this self-made billionaire's autobiography. As if cramped by the limitations of the book's length, Michael Bloomberg's ego assaults the reader like an over-zealous vacuum cleaner salesman, pushing his ideas on life, work and excellence with all the energy that scores of superlatives can summon. Funny, then, that in many places the story comes off as a crashing bore.
"Bloomberg by Bloomberg" is ultimately redeemed by the compelling nature of the tale. More than anything the spectacular success of Bloomberg, L.P. highlighted the extent of the information technology revolution and the resultant productivity gains that transformed global industry. There's no question that Michael Bloomberg saw these changes coming, and in harnessing them created a company whose reputation for excellence, innovation, and customer orientation set a standard unmatched by any information services company before or since.
The author's pride in Bloomberg, L.P. suffuses the book, and he focuses so much loving attention on its birth and propsperity that at times this seems more like the story of a company than a man. The two are clearly of one soul. But at times it's easy to forget that this is the story of an extraordinary character and not an addendum to "In Search of Excellence".
This life story is one in which the input of outsiders would add tremendous insight. When Bloomberg discusses his dealings with his Harvard Business classmates, his trading buddies at Salomon Bros., or his employees at Bloomberg, it's easy to wish for their side of the story. As it is, the only hint we get of humility or insecurity from Bloomberg himself is his incessant reminder of the fact that he had been fired from Salomon Bros.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Michael is clearly a hard driving CEO that has built an outstanding business. It is a great story and the building and history of Bloomberg is tremendous reading. The second half gets tiring fast; all entreprenuers have big egos, and his gets in the way as he dishes out advice on everything from education to family. Read the first half, skim the second.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Conceited, but inspiring March 18, 2004
I do not like Michael Bloomberg's politics, but I respect him as a business leader. His information terminal has revolutionized the financial services industry, and it is always nice to see an American success story.
I bought my book at a discount place, and I am glad I did. It wasn't boring, but it didn't knock my socks off.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wall Street without all the boring finance November 27, 2000
Although Mike Bloomberg considers himself a remarkable Liar's Poker-esque character his autobigraphy is more Charlie Brown than Gordon Gecko. Egomaniacal though he may be (perhaps a necessity for the level of success he has achieved) his book espouses the merits of perserverance, hard work, and big cajones. The first time I met Mike Bloomberg, a young person at the lunch we were attending asked him what was the best strategy a young person could employ to be successful at his firm. His paraphrased response, "Get to work earlier than anybody else, stay later than everyone, and get the most good stuff done in between."
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Arrogant, boastful, blind, but beguiling November 5, 1998
The most arrogant, pompous, self-important autobiography I've ever read. Mike Bloomberg makes Barbara Cartland seem as modest as Ophelia and as talented as Shakespeare. Sloppily written, utterly devoid of irony or self-perception, it is the sort of book one might expecta Harvard MBA to write. The man, as anyone who has visited the US will know, is a rampant egomaniac, who would probably like to plaster his name across Heaven - and this book shows why. But but but... it is a gripping and exciting story, and Bloomberg's energy, vision, and commitment are passionately communicated - his gradual destruction of Reuters and his building of a global media empire from scratch is a great yarn and he tells it well. His ideas on entrepreneurship and capitalism are less original than he might think, but the book is full of thoughts and ideas about being in business - it certainly stimulated me. Read it, if you have any interest in the media or in business - but with a pinch of salt please!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I love Mayor Mike September 7, 2007
I'm a huge Mike Bloomberg fan, and really enjoyed the autobiographical parts of this novel and the story of his company's genesis. The generic computer stuff I could have done without, also the story didn't really flow and was a bit choppy. Overall a good, quick easy read. But I definitely could've used some more Bloomberg, Mike that is.

Unfortunately there is surprisingly very little written about this great man.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
mike bloomberg, as revealed in this book: charmingly pompous billionaire from the working class, insightful egomaniac riddled with perseverance, brilliant workaholic (say that three times), meticulously non-self-revealing innovator, daring, honest and clear-thinking leader, philosophical bigshot and braggart, supremely confident head of the heap...and whoppingly narcissistic!
as a book, well, this one has its pluses and minuses. it reveals a lot about mike bloomberg the man, perhaps more than he intended - primarily his overarching business ambition, which seems to blot out most other areas of his life, including his family life. he seems not to think this is a problem, and paints a convincing portrait of himself as the happiest man alive. i wonder if his wife and kids would agree.
beyond his world of business and his business history, however, this book is shallow, and tells little or nothing about his personal life (does he even have one? - he may not!) and his personal past (was it really all so picture perfect?! - i doubt it!). and his few lines devoted to divorcing his wife - how they just *drifted apart* - yeah right! he probably devoted two paragraphs of the whole book to her... i'd be curious to hear her side of it.
as for a history of his growth as a businessman, however, this book is generally excellent - rich and insightful. it does get overly and annoyingly technical at points (offering the lay reader the choice between getting a headache and skimming), and goes on WAY too long at other points (skim on!) - both suggesting that he's out of touch with a mass audience.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a one-on-one
The book read like a very personal conversation. Great insight!
Published 5 days ago by Beauty Queen
4.0 out of 5 stars good biography
i would recommend this book for 2 kind of poeple
1) who interested in business and life of interesting people
2) who look for a easy book to read between hard ones. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Samir Mastaliyev
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and Inspiring
Mike Bloomberg is a very interesting person. This book is awesome for anyone looking to start a business or even freshen up their passion for their current job. Read more
Published 19 months ago by LilStreetE
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
It was interesting to gain a better understanding of how he works. I don't agree with lots of what he says, but one thought stuck. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Mike
1.0 out of 5 stars Just an advertisement for the man and the company
The book started out really good, i learned a lot about Bloomberg i didn't know.
About 30% into the book it all turned into a huge advertisement for Bloomberg and his... Read more
Published 20 months ago by tokyo business
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Book
This book is a good autobiography of the buisness career of Mike Bloomberg, mayor of New York City. Keep in mind that this book chronicles his business career, not his political... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Brooklyn Joe
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
B-by-B is disappointing book, full of jingoism and platitudes. If you want a quick read, start at chapter 10, to find out the details of Bloomberg's life and business... Read more
Published 21 months ago by David Oakley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This is the book that motivated me to finally take my Gmat and apply to b-school.
This book not only shows how much work has gone into creating a worldwide and successful... Read more
Published on August 21, 2012 by Ralph
1.0 out of 5 stars Short man making money
You know you're reading a bad business autobiography when the chairman as author thinks it's important to brag how skilled he was with romancing women when he was a young bond... Read more
Published on March 31, 2012 by Swami B
3.0 out of 5 stars Salesman
Reading Bloomberg's perspective on his own success was revelatory on several levels. The transformation from a terminal based business to a news service provider to a... Read more
Published on November 21, 2011 by Nancyhua
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