Gutenberg the Geek

Gutenberg the Geek Johannes Gutenberg was our first geek the original technology entrepreneur who had to grapple with all the challenges a Silicon Valley startup faces today Jeff Jarvis tells Gutenberg s story from an

  • Title: Gutenberg the Geek
  • Author: Jeff Jarvis
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 285
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Johannes Gutenberg was our first geek, the original technology entrepreneur, who had to grapple with all the challenges a Silicon Valley startup faces today Jeff Jarvis tells Gutenberg s story from an entrepreneurial perspective, examining how he overcame technology hurdles, how he operated with the secrecy of a Steve Jobs but then shifted to openness, how he raised capitJohannes Gutenberg was our first geek, the original technology entrepreneur, who had to grapple with all the challenges a Silicon Valley startup faces today Jeff Jarvis tells Gutenberg s story from an entrepreneurial perspective, examining how he overcame technology hurdles, how he operated with the secrecy of a Steve Jobs but then shifted to openness, how he raised capital and mitigated risk, and how, in the end, his cash flow and equity structure did him in This is also the inspiring story of a great disruptor That is what makes Gutenberg the patron saint of entrepreneurs.

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    1. I don't think ANY of the other books I have read on Gutenberg has infuriated me like this one. Firstly, to compare what Gutenberg did to dot coms and Silicon Valley is ridiculous. It's only been a few years and no one talks about or cares about them any more and Gutenberg created something that changed the world and has endured for centuries, not forgotten five minutes later. Then to compare him to Steve Jobs, how insulting. Yes, they where both secretive men, but Fust, the man who stole Gutenbe [...]

    2. The book,more like an article,was quite informative. It also made some interesting analogies. The language was so dull and the style so boring. Getting a good amount of facts from such a few pages seems quite economical if you are ready to blind yourself to the language and style.

    3. I am giving this book just two stars for being an okay story, because that's how I feel about it. Why do I feel this way? I'll tell you. . .For one thing, it felt like I started this book in the middle - or at the end! - of an ongoing story. I actually flipped back to the previous page in my Kindle app to see if I had accidentally clicked too many times to get to the start! But I didn't; that was where this book began.Here is this book's opening paragraph: In the end, it was his cash flow and eq [...]

    4. This is a really nice short overview of Gutenberg's achievements and the impact his inventions had and still have. Starting with Gutenberg's history and some details of his inventions Jarvis goes on to liken him to inventors and successful business ideas of our time. He even manages to give an overview of the parallels of the inventions of the printing press and the Internet while quoting McLuhan and Eisenstein (two of the most important scholars in that field) - and all of it in a bit more than [...]

    5. I think I would like this more if I was a tech geek. I'm not. Jarvis does seem to make his case, but I wanted more straight forward history.If you like computers, you should like it.

    6. Nearly everyone knows the name Johannes Gutenberg. What you don't know about him is what makes this book so fascinating.This book will entertain and inform anyone interested in history. Additionally, author Jeff Jarvis tells Gutenberg's story in terms readily understood by today's entrepreneur and inventor -- capital formation, technology challenge, personnel management, intellectual property protection, contract formation. No stretch of imagination is required on the reader's part, but the auth [...]

    7. This short book (more of an essay, really) was sold as an single. I got it because I have been thinking about the premise that seeing how printing changed the world in the 15th century can help us understand how the Internet is changing our world in the 21st century. Jarvis gets into this by postulating that Gutenberg can be understood as an early version of a Silicon Valley Start-Up. This is an interesting take since I never thought of it in exactly those terms before. My own thinking has been [...]

    8. I'll be the first to admit this book wasn't the most well written thing I've ever read, but I liked it nonetheless. Of course I knew the basic story of Gutenberg, but Gutenberg the Geek encouraged me to look at him as not only an inventor, but also an entrepreneur. It gave an excellent, short overview of the creation of the press while showing Gutenberg in a somewhat different light. I also learned that the reason the printing press blew up around the world is because Gutenberg essentially made [...]

    9. I usually find the pundits of the net to be insufferable self-promoters, but in this instance Jarvis has delivered a well written piece on historical technology, but assigned it with a modern day pundit's view, while at the same time leaving himself out of it.This is only the second kindle single I have read, but I very much appreciate the long form read in the :30-:60 read time package. The quality of the two singles is making me think that perhaps the long form novel (I.e. 600+ pages) is in tr [...]

    10. This Kindle Single is a very quick read. Whether you call Gutenberg a "geek," a start-up entrepreneur, or a great innovator, his invention of the printing press was a revolutionary technological development that changed the world. This little book gives the reader an overview of the historical context and Gutenberg's process. The author approaches this from an entrepreneurial perspective, showing the challenges Gutenberg faced, how his competitor gained control of much of his work, and how Guten [...]

    11. Great, quick read that is thought provokingI am still thinking about the image of "The Gutenberg Parentheses" I highly recommend thisThe only bad thing about this piece is the last two or three paragraphs that are promoting a free and open internet. I am all for a free and open internet; however, the point of the rest of the piece is an examination of similarities between the creation of Gutenberg's Press and modernity's technological advances

    12. Not very long or interesting. The article on Gutenberg with the occasional "just like Steve Jobs!" inserted for effect. It felt like an attemt to shoehorn Gutenberg into the role of a Silicon Valley entrepeneur, without any real reason other than the aliteration in the title.

    13. Gutenberg as the ur-entrepeneur. Interesting to read about Gutenberg's life, but this book came with progressivist baggage that I was less excited about. Luckily, this is an extremely short book, so

    14. A great short read that connects core principles of Gutenberg's successes (or failures) to lessons that could inform modern start up and business culture.Jeff is one of my favorite business writers and he takes his no nonsense approach to writing to this great dialect between historic and modern contexts.

    15. An interesting account of Gutenberg's invention of the printing press and its similarities with the current Internet age. A very easy and fun read, not necessarily thorough, but good enough to give a better idea of the impact and the struggles of Gutenberg's venture and the possibilities of the world we live in today.

    16. It's a magazine-ish length read. Interesting and worth it, but Jarvis is a journalist and tilts toward hyperbole. I'd prefer a more academic style than opening with 'It was his Cap Table that did him in'. He never explains how finance differed between then and now to establish that claim.

    17. Great BookI really enjoyed reading this book. It made me think about some things I had not thought about. I recommend it.

    18. I am trying to synchronize my work with my reading lifestyle. I wish I could uncover the trigger to excite this term's students in terms of reading. I regularly get the question, "How can I improve my English?" I get many complaints of lack of practice time, fewer native English speakers, etc.; however, when I suggest reading as a way to increase comprehension and visualization of ideas, my students, almost to a person, say the same thing -- "We don't like to read." That response is akin to some [...]

    19. This is a short book, around 40-50 pages, which is stated up front and it is a fair price for the size of the book. The author has primarily taken as his sources two chunky biographies of Gutenberg which is fine. He quotes from these but also has his own views too.I bought this because I was interested in Gutenberg and the invention of the moveable type printing press. I was torn between this and John Mann's much larger book (which is one of the two sources the author uses), but decided to start [...]

    20. Gutenberg the Geek by Jeff Jarvis is a quick, informative read that has a great deal to offer a wide-variety of readers. Many will be surprised to find out about the business and legal challenges facing Gutenberg in raising money to develop his printing press. Other considerations, including secrecy were also interesting. Gutenberg developed different parts of the press at numerous locations to prevent industrial sabotage. His legal troubles, as a result of challenges raising money and 'shipping [...]

    21. The Bible was his masterpiece; of such sublime beauty that later generations, up to our own, have rarely matched and never excelled. However, Gutenberg's first book was the "Donatus Latin Grammar," and it was hideous. The printing press wasn't invented overnight, and the Donatus Latin Grammar was Gutenberg's "beta."Gutenberg only went "open source" and trained people on his technology after one of his factories was taken over by Johann Fust, who sued for the investment interest he was allegedly [...]

    22. Some of the entrepreneurial comparisons to Silicon Valley are tiresome, though that's probably my own personal distaste for the economic and cultural canonization of tech CEOs. At the same time, comparisons made to technologies like the Internet and web search (e.g Google) make this book (well, essay) worth reading. Most interesting to me is how the printing press not only heralded an unprecedented, widespread circulation of ideas, but also that many of those ideas were seen as unsavory, unscrup [...]

    23. This is a short essay-type read. In fact, I spent most of the book assuming it was a college paper. Turns out it evolved from interesting stuff the author dug up while researching another book. The essay/book has a great thesis. It does spend most of its time on Gutenberg and his process, hence the title (and even some interesting tidbits about how long it took for him to have a successful printing, and how he was undercut by competitors because of his startup debts). But the author draws some s [...]

    24. La Bibbia di Gutenberg a 42 righe. La storia della stampa a caratteri mobili. Un’invenzione, come ha scritto John Man in The Gutenberg Revolution: How Printing Changed the Course of History, “in attesa di essere scoperta”. Grazie alla genialità dello stampatore di Magonza, “non cambiò soltanto la letteratura ma anche la politica, la religione, l’educazione, la nostra percezione di noi stessi, i nostri ricordi”. Così si esprime sull’Observer l’opinionista John Naughton, un’al [...]

    25. There isn't much here that you wouldn't find in a article, and this kindle single isn't much longer than that. I still had seven minutes left on the elliptical in the gym when I finished this. Jarvis tries to paint Gutenberg as the 15th century Steve Jobs, which is an interesting theory, but he doesn't back it up with much evidence - just a lot of 'Gutenberg did 'x'. JUST LIKE STEVE JOBS!'. The writing-style is reminiscent of a motivational speaker, which I also found a little annoying. An inte [...]

    26. I can't recall if this is a free offering by Shorts or I downloaded it via a free offer. It was a while ago and never caught my attention enough to read, until this insomnia-filled morning.It's a quick biography and recap of Gutenberg's inventions and work. The comparisons to Silicon Valley may be fair. Declaring Gutenberg an advocate for open-source is a stretch, and only exists to support Jeff Jarvis' mantra for all organizations and media to be open and transparent - probably excepting his o [...]

    27. Size wise, this is more of an essay than a book; but it is a good one at that. If you are looking at a detailed history of Gutenberg, you'd be a bit disappointed. This is not meant to cover that territory although it gives a decent story of he lived and how his invention of printing came to be. This is a view of him as an entrepreneur and a comparison with modern day startups. The parallels are many. It is also a shout for the freedom of the internet in the current age as those parallels come to [...]

    28. This book makes me think about how the Internet is revolutioning everything like the Gutenberg prees did in its days. Based in other two biographies, the author presents us the story of Gutenberg, where he came from, how he did it, what the press meant at that time, and making comparisons about internet entrpeneurs and situations they and Gutenberg face. Finally, the autor call us to action, to encourage the spread of Internet the way Gutenberg did with books. Great Kindle Single without a doubt [...]

    29. This is a concise book which is meant to garner your attention to the fact that we are living in a very interesting time when it comes to how information is disseminated. The book goes into "broad strokes of detail" (if you can image that) in how Gutenberg invented and more importantly financed his venture into the printing press. It's amazing how his investors sued him and stole his work, but he never gave up and started all over from scratch! This is the little known story of the man who chang [...]

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