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Bloomberg by Bloomberg Paperback – August 27, 2001
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"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.Read more ›
Bloomberg has many strong views on management and shares his corporate philosophy of 'us' versus 'them,' of paying in equity from a common pool, of never rehiring someone who's left. From his perspective, it is clear Bloomberg is continuously innovative, an interesting contrast with some current outsider perspectives that in some ways the Bloomberg terminal interface exemplifies an antiquated technology persisting as a legacy system. Keeping in mind that he wrote this book ages ago, pre-governorship and at the time claiming to have no political ambitions, I wonder if companies all inevitably age as their founders age, if companies that produce products that were revolutionary at the time inevitably stop innovating at such a high level.
His background in sales shines through and seems to have had a large contribution to his success. His belief that his company is the best and his ability to sell that belief to others makes me to realize you can't overemphasize the importance of sales when it comes to business.
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Again, it would be nice to see or read up to date on views of politics given this 2016 incredible mess we are in.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you want to succeed in business, be a better teacher and learn which attributes you will need in life then this is the book to read. I loved it.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Mr Bloomberg is an aggressive businessman and Admire that about him. Greatest lesson from this book is you have to be a go getter, you have to know what it is you want in business... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Sammy
Michael Bloomberg telling his story of being Bloomberg--billionaire from the working class, brilliant workaholic, egomaniac and narcissistic character, caring leader of family-like... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mihail Peleah
Really a good read! This book gives insight into how Mr. Bloomberg thinks and problem solves. It's especially interesting because he covers his personal life and the creation of... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Lynniemj
Great book. Only complaint is when he goes off topic talking about Bloomberg.Published 9 months ago by Lucas Klenovich
Great guy, but could have got the same information for free online....Published 10 months ago by David Milkes