Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Satya Nadellla. Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft's Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone. HarperBusiness, 2017. 288 p. $30.

CEO of Microsoft - he's a longtime employee who worked with both previous CEOs.

This is mostly a memoir.  Satya tries to argue that the empathy he developed while caring for his disabled son guides him as CEO of Microsoft.  He didn't convince me, but it was interesting to read that his vision for Microsoft is to partner with competitors rather than destroying them (as Gates famously did, or tried to do) and empower customers economically and politically.  People are often concerned that technology will put them out of work -- Satya's objective is to use technology to create opportunity.  He's an ambassador for his company in this book (which we can expect), but it sucks the life out of the book.