In 1979 Jim Clark was a 38 year old professor of computer science at Stanford University and was wondering where his life was leading to. In The New New thing
describes how he then went on to found not one but three multibillion dollar companies in succession. A university project led to Silicon Graphics. Clark only had a small stake in this, so in the early '90s he founded Netscape, and this was followed by Healtheon. By the end of the book we see him thinking about another business. Clark is at the centre of high-tech innovation in Silicon Valley, just as Silicon Valley is such a centre for the rest of the world, so he's an important figure. It's also a fun book to read, so if you're interested in technology in today's world then you might like to give it a try.
Lewis got permission to follow Clark around for some time, and in particular he went along on trips of Clark's boat 'Hyperion'. I felt that these trips could have been made more of a central thread to the book. As it is we hear of several crises on the boat, but they seem to come from nowhere.
I have sometimes wondered why someone who has made lots of money from one business needs to go back to venture capitalists for the funding of the next. This book gave an answer - venture capitalists don't just bring money, they also bring recognition of the worth of the new business, which is especially vital in attracting the best personnel.