These Classic Business Tales Inspired Bill Gates

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We all need to find inspiration sometimes – even future billionaires.

In 1969, John Brooks published “Business Adventures,” his collection of New Yorker business stories.” Now, forty-five years later, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet are calling it their “favorite business book.”

“Business Adventures” went out of print in the seventies, but it’s coming back into print this year. Gates is sharing one of the book’s chapters, “Xerox Xerox Xerox Xerox,” on his Web site. First published in the magazine in 1967, Brooks’s Profile of Xerox tells the story of the technologists who took enormous risks to create the Xerox machine. Many poured their entire life savings into R&D for the device.


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“These Classic Business Tales Inspired Bill Gates”