I enjoy reading about startups. Steve Kemper's Code Name Ginger: The Story Behind Segway and Dean Kamen's Quest To Invent a New World, details the birth of Dean Kamen's self-balancing transporter, the Segway. The book details Kamen's technical genius, his disastrous management style, his passion for secrecy, his quest for financing, and the challenges of designing and manufacturing a novel engineering device. Interesting stories of Kamen, John Doerr, Steve Jobs. The book reminded me of Jerry Kaplan's Startup: A Silicon Valley Adventure , about the failed GO pen computing company, but I found Code Name Ginger more depressing. The book left me with a slightly sad feeling -- this book was written in '03 with the assumption that Segway would change the world. Three years later, it hasn't.
Alan Rimm-Kaufman founded the Rimm-Kaufman Group in 2003. In 2008, RKG was named to Inc. Magazine’s list of the Top 500 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America. Alan held a doctorate degree in operations research from MIT’s Sloan School of Management, and a BS degree with honors in applied mathematics from Yale University. Alan held appointments as Visiting Professor in the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia and was a Fellow at the Center for the Management of Information Technology (CMIT) at the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce. In 2002, he founded the web advertising roundtable. Alan died from leukemia in July of 2009. He was a 14 year survivor of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Between bone marrow transplants, he built a strong, profitable, Inc 500 company that continues to thrive.