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The Third Wave: An Entrepreneur's Vision of the Future Hardcover – April 5, 2016
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—Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and founder of LeanIn.Org
“I've been waiting to read Steve's story and I wasn't disappointed. His business career is straight out of Horatio Alger and carries important lessons for all entrepreneurs.”
—Warren Buffett, CEO, Berkshire Hathaway
“We are at the beginning of the next industrial revolution where the combination of software and industrial machines is building the foundation for a new wave of innovation. With clarity and passion, Steve provides a manifesto for the future of innovation and entrepreneurship. It's a must read from a visionary leader for entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and anyone trying to succeed during the Third Wave."
—Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO, GE
“The Third Wave is essential reading for leaders in business and government, as well as for anybody trying to make sense of our rapidly changing world. I’ve worked with Steve for two decades, and I've always been impressed with his intellect and captivated by his insights. If you read this book, you will be, too.”
—General Colin Powell, former Secretary of State (and former AOL board member)
“Steve Case made history when he created America Online and introduced the Internet to the world. Steve's startup story is captivating, and chock full of important insights and lessons. But this is not a book about the past; it’s a bold and compelling vision for what’s coming next. The Third Wave is required reading for every entrepreneur.”
—Brad Feld, co-founder, TechStars and Foundry Group, author of Startup Life
“A true visionary, Steve Case understood years ago the tectonic shifts that were to occur in society, fueled by technology and acted with purpose and passion. Case’s book, The Third Wave, clarifies for leaders the decisions necessary to thrive in a future increasingly disrupted by accelerating knowledge-creation and sharing.”
– Alvin and Heidi Toffler, authors of the original ‘The Third Wave’
"The Third Wave is an indispensable book for understanding the history of the Internet and preparing for what's next. Entrepreneurs looking to build truly transformational businesses should listen closely to Steve Case's insightful advice."
– Brian Chesky, Co-founder and CEO, Airbnb
“An extraordinarily frank and incisive book from an extraordinary business leader. All budding entrepreneurs, and all who care about the future, should read The Third Wave and heed the lessons as well as the insights.”
—David Rubenstein, Co-founderand Co-CEO, The Carlyle Group
“What’s new and noteworthy here is Case’s effort to draw a connection between his own history and an impending era of change. Moreover, he’s particularly thoughtful on the subject of how digital innovation and existing regulatory regimes will need to work together in the coming decades. . . . There’s little doubt that Case’s insights have value.”
—Jon Gertner, The Washington Post
“Case believes the third wave, which is only just beginning, will have far more impact as the internet transforms real world sectors such as healthcare, education, transport and energy. He shows how existing technologies can be deployed far more smartly rather than assuming that we will see further heroic breakthroughs.”—Financial Times
About the Author
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster (April 5, 2016)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 150113258X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1501132582
- Item Weight : 14.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.38 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #373,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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I'll concede that this is an insightful idea, and I wanted to be drawn in and inspired. Unfortunately, the book doesn't seem to make great use of the 273 pages it occupies. There a lot of pictures of Steve Case with various powerful people, and I presume that the book manages to somehow spin these trips down memory lane into something faintly relevant to the main thesis, but there was an element of self aggrandizement, ill concealed by a fig-leaf of false modesty, the net effect of which was somewhat off-putting. The book just wasn't engaging enough in other ways to compensate. It didn't take too long before I just didn't want to bother with the chore of reading it further.
If I were a technology entrepreneur, this is one book that I would keep on my shelf as a reference. Tech entrepreneurs need to stay several steps ahead of those in other sectors and have to be able to predict how the internet will be used not only as a source of revenue but as another source of innovation.
Entrepreneurship often reminds of the famous newspaper ad Ernest Shackleton is said to have placed before his 1914 attempt to explore Antarctica: “Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages. Bitter cold. Long months of complete darkness. Constant danger. Safe return doubtful. Honor and recognition in case of success.” That’s the beauty of entrepreneurship, and that's what you need to know when you sign up for it.
Thanks for sharing your vision on the third wave. It's a total paradigm shift.
Creating value in the world, but specifically in our country, needs to be talked about, examples given, advice gleaned and then get up and get moving. More than anything we all need to be reminded that lowering the bar only allows others to just "fall over it"! It is this kind of attitude that now permeates our society, participation is ok, average is ok and doing the minimum is accepted. We all need a kick in the butt sometimes and a dose of humble pie, hard work, never giving up and giving to others is the key to our country and future successes.
With entitlement programs, insurance issues, and the aging of America on top of us all it will take the attitude Steve talks about clearly, guts, glory and seeing into the future. Everyone has hard times, it is the tough that keep us rolling! 'American Exceptionalism' that is Steve Case, and his book is totally that exceptional.
Top reviews from other countries
- It seems he wasn't clear what the purpose of the book was. It is a half-hearted account of his time at AOL, and throws in some actions towards the end. It does justice to neither.
- He neglects the opportunities and risks the climate change presents (only 1 short sentence in the epilogue), which I think is a big miss.
- The book is very short; they've used some pointless pictures in the middle, a slightly large font and big spaces to make it seem bigger - still only 220ish pages though.
- Finally, it is pretty US-centric - that doesn't mean the teachings aren't relevant for others, but at points I felt like skipping bits (although I didn't).
I thought the recent books by Yuval Noah Harari, Tapscott and Martin Ford were more insightful.