起業家 ジム・クラーク 単行本 – 2000/2/25
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From the cofounder and chairman of Netscape, a thrilling insider's account of the race to beat Microsoft for control of the Internet
It was not so long ago that the Internet, as we know it today, lay beyond the imaginations of all but a small core of scientists, programmers, and academics. The last four years have witnessed the remarkable growth of the Net, from a relatively minor research and communications tool to the single-most important media, commercial, and educational resource to appear in decades. This explosive growth would not have been possible without Netscape, a tiny start-up company that ultimately revolutionized business and communications for the entire world.
In Netscape Time, Jim Clark, the cofounder of Netscape, tells the fascinating story of how he, Marc Andreessen, and a core group of programmers turned an esoteric computer program into a visionary new technology used by hundreds of millions of people around the globe. Challenged from the start by competition, a seemingly bottomless pit of expenses, and a need for secrecy from the roving eye of Microsoft, Clark's programmers spent days at a stretch in front of their computer screens, rushing to produce their revolutionary Web browser under the enormous pressure of time.
Looking back on the scramble to stay afloat, Clark vividly re-creates the tense, thrilling atmosphere of the start-up company, and the narrative is nothing less than a nail-biting tale of drama and suspense. Yet Netscape Time is also a compelling portrait of an emerging business world that is increasingly part of all of our lives, one that reveals in its eccentric characters and incredibly fast-paced existence. It is also a manual for anyone who wishes to take advantage of the endless business possibilities of today's technology. Indeed, Clark, the only person ever to found three multibillion-dollar start-ups, is perhaps more qualified than any businessman today to show how it's done.
The success of Netscape, as most people know, ended up attracting the dreaded attention of Bill Gates and Microsoft, and Clark recounts his battles against the giant software company. Far from a fan of Gates and his tactics, Clark portrays a ruthless enemy bent on smashing any competition, presenting an image of his rival that only became apparent to the rest of the world during the government's prosecution of Microsoft. In a particularly fascinating epilogue, Clark provides his view of the case and his predictions of its impact on technology and society.
As a business book, as a reflection of our technology culture, and as a purely enjoyable read, Netscape Time is perhaps the most significant book about the rise of the Internet ever to be published.
There is no mention of Netsite (Netscape's server product) or OpenMarket (the other Web server company).
For those familiar with the struggle of trying to accomplish something innovative, you will find his story strangely familiar. For those trying to innovate something on the Internet, you will find this book very encouraging. For those who read between the lines, you will find that it's not about the money, it's about "getting it" and being right, and money is the proof statement in this brave new world.
Clark's direct no-nonsense style can be in your face at times, and you can see why the dense just couldn't get it, because no one likes being shouted awake from a deep sleep. But like most prophets, Clark sees no profit in beating around the burning bush. It seems to be a trait of the innovator.
There is some real insight buried among the stories, as well as advice on how to deal with VCs and dilution of equity, problems many of us look forward to having.
This should be an audio CD, since it is more of an epic poem than a book. It would be great to have a DVD version with addition points of view and multimedia. Netscape made the Internet a multimedia experience; it would seem only fitting that a book by its founder would do the same.
An otherwise good book is, to me, lowered by the constant complaining about Microsoft's tactics. I'm not defending those tactics, or saying that the tactics were legal, nice or anything like that, but it just got a bit monotonous listening to them. Of course, it's understandable how Clark could be angry about what happened, but it still makes the book less pleasant to read, trying to find 10 pages without a shot at Microsoft.
Clark is a good writer. The story of how Netscape started is an interesting one. It's one that I've read in one form or another a few times, so that part of the book wasn't that exciting.
There were two parts of the book I found interesting and make the book well worth reading:
1 - Jim Barksdale - the right stuff (chapter 12). Jim Clark is a man who knows what kind of a leader he is, and knows what kind of leader is needed when. Picking Jim Barksdale to be CEO of Netscape was a smart thing, and took a lot of guts. I'd recommend a close reading of this chapter for anyone who thinks they might want to be a leader someday.
2 - The best of enemies (chapter 18). It starts off with the Greeks who beat the Italians in World War 2, and in the process, attracted the attention of the Germans, who flattened them. There is an obvoius lesson there (eventually you lose - Rome was sacked), and Clark adds the non-obvious one: Eventually you will fight a battle you lose. But can you afford to avoid that battle?
So, the book has useful thoughts on leadership and business, interesting insights into the world of funding and Venture Capital and the birth of the Internet as most of us know it.