March 6th 2017
A Truck Full Of Money. One man’s quest to recover from great success. Tracey Kidder. 2016. ISBN 9780399589553. I read Kidders seminal book , The Soul of a New Machine when I was first selling computer hardware. It was a book that changed and then reinforced my outlook to these wonderful machines. This book takes a look at the career of Paul English – who co created Kayak and then struck big time money. With his easy to read, cogent style, Kidder makes this into a novel that pulls you along English’s career track. You will come away, knowing much more about the challengers and pull of programming/software engineering and the mindset of these very creative often difficult folks. I recommend this book to anyone in the software industry today as well as those contemplating a career in it.