Best Tech Biographies: About So Much More Than That

If you're looking for inspiration this month, and appreciate a good story, check out these intriguing real-life reads. Because who doesn't love a success story? Learn about people who reached their goals and, in some instances, even changed the world. All it takes is hard work, persistence and a banging good idea. These tech memoirs cover so much more than life in the technology industry...



Top 6 tech biographies


Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will To Lead

By Sheryl Sandberg

Written by magazine writer Nell Scovell and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, this biography celebrates women in tech. And The Times called it, "the business manual of the year" when it was first released in 2013. After all these years, the book is still a top seller and incredibly relevant. Written off the back of Sheryl's electrifying TED talk in which she highlighted how women in the workplace unintentionally hold themselves back, this biography will empower and inspire. This is for female leaders and bold businesswomen.


Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe

By George Dyson

In this remarkable real-life account, we learn about the birth of today's digital age. Following the lives of a group of men and women in the 1940's, non-fiction author George Dyson explains how Alan Turing's Universal Machine was first brought to life. And the risks that came with this invention. Not only did the unique set of code and engineering create the world's first computer. But also the dangerous and destructive hydrogen bomb. This is a fascinating read.



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That Will Never Work

By Marc Randolph

Released in 2019, this memoir by Netflix co-founder and first CEO Marc Randolph tells the story of how Netflix went from concept to company. The idea first came to Marc in 1996 when he was doing his daily commute to Silicon Valley with his boss, Reed Hastings. The initial concept involved renting and selling DVD's directly rather than using video stores. That evolved into the enormously-successful streaming service we know today. And the title? The response from Marc's wife when he first told her his idea.


Tim Cook: The Genius Who Took Apple to the Next Level

By Leander Kahney

Following in the footsteps of the great Steve Jobs was never going to be easy. But new Apple CEO Tim Cook defied all expectations. He's been described as shy and unassuming, but Tim took charge and took Apple to even greater heights. This biography covers everything from his first few days at the helm to the similarities between him and Steve Jobs. One review hailed it as, "a moving portrait of an exceptional businessperson". We have to agree.



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One Click: Jeff Bezos and the Rise of Amazon.com

By Richard L Brandt

Jeff Bezos is every entrepreneur's hero. And currently the richest man in the world. Written by science and tech writer, Richard L Brandt, this biography tracks the success of the eCommerce empire that is Amazon. It's well researched, easy to read and profiles one of the most written-about men of our time. We learn more about how Bezos ticks through interviews with Amazon employees and competitors. And, while it's about the man, it's also about the industry game-changing company.



Dot Complicated: Untangling Our Wired Lives

By Randi Zuckerberg

This impressive biography is written by American businesswoman and Facebook co-founder Randi Zuckerberg. The lesser-known sister of media magnate, Mark. Randi looks at the role of tech and social media in our daily lives, both on- and offline. It's an intriguing memoir about Randi's life where she gives insight into things like privacy, online etiquette, networking and the future of social change. It was also a New York Times bestseller.



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