Innovate like Edison

by Wojciech Adam Koszek   ⋅   Jan 10, 2014   ⋅   Menlo Park, CA

Funny. This book shows Edison like a true grand master of innovation. I guess it's well deserved, yet a lot of people know that Tesla was invention hero. Ready this book, but read something on Tesla too.

Great introduction to the life and achievements of one of the most famous inventors ever lived.

Backstage view on Edison life and his enterprise operation is shown in this book: ideas and inventions, entrepreneurial approach to things and business dealings show Edison not only as a scientist, but as a great business leader.

Very good review on how operation of the first R&D laboratory looked like.

Authors tries to give systematic approach of innovation, but I don’t really believe that. I view the book as a collection of “good to have” advices.

They mention lots of Edison’s things that were just his thing, and which are so different in between entrepreneurs that it’s hard to tell whether Edison’s “unique features” really helped him to be so successful.

There’s a big cross-section with Napoleon Hill’s classic here, which authors emphasize several times. This only proves how big of a art piece Hill’s book is.

To balance the feelings after this book, I suspect I’ll have to pick something about Tesla’s life.

Anyway - really enjoyed listening to it.

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About the author: I'm Wojciech Adam Koszek. I like software, business and design. Poland native. In Bay Area since 2010.   More about me