Business At The Speed of Thought

Version: Abridged
Author: Bill Gates
Narrator: Roger Steffens
Genres: Business & Economics, Management & Leadership
Publisher: Time Warner Audio Books
Published In: March 1999
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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As the cofounder, chairman, and cheif executive officer of Microsoft, the world`s leading provider of software for personal computers, Bill Gates played a prominent role in launching the Information Age. Now this modern visionary reveals how expanding technology is propelling the business world into an exciting new economic era ... how every manager can -- and must -- stay ahead of the curve ... and how integrated information systems can help every organization achieve BUSINESS AT THE SPEED OF THOUGHT.

Reviews (16)

Too slow!

Written by Cheryl G on January 8th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Hard to stay awake listening to this book, although there are some good ideas to take away - they aren't easy to find due to sleeping through most of it!!!

Business @ the speed of thought

Written by Mac from Orlando, FL on November 13th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 2/5

The book was interesting, in that it is written from the unique perspective of the cofounder of Microsoft. It was an inside look at the workings of the largest software provider in the world. Unfortunately the book is dated and the technology and processes outlined are passé...I'm not sure is there is an updated version if so I would recommend checking it out.

Gates Has Better Reads

Written by Adam from Washington, DC on July 16th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 1/5

This book is simply too outdated to be relevant. The points are valid, and the approach is logical, but it’s just old news. No one likes the sound of Bill Gates’s voice enough to listen to this entire audio book.


Written by Anonymous from Brockton, MA on February 16th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I think this book is quite outdated. I am sure it would be interesting if you wanted to hear what business leaders were predicting years ago to see how many of their predictions have come true. But I will save you the suspense: they have. No doubt Gates is a visionary, and he has the genius to execute his visions. I just found this audiobook too boring to finish.

Admirable attempt

Written by Anonymous from Mt. Vernon, WA on September 16th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I admire business savvy, but simply could not get into this book....I couldn't even make it through the first disk...


Written by Michael Mantion on August 6th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Maybe interesting to some.. but to the tech savvy it is just plain boring

Business at the speed of thought

Written by Anonymous on July 25th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Not very topical...Need Business at the speed of Longhorn


Written by Highler on June 27th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

The nice thing about listening to the book this long after it was written, is that we can gauge how precise his predictions were (for the most part, he was very accurate). Good insight into business and how technology can be leveraged to create a competitive advantage. I was pleasantly surprised to hear as many business cases as I did (non-Microsoft cases at that). If business or technology is your passion, I would recommend you have a listen! If not, you may want to take a pass, as I don’t believe it would be entertaining otherwise.


Written by Shawna Vacca on June 26th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Tedious listening. Business Process Reengineering books covered this material a couple decades ago.

According to Bill

Written by Lou Anne on June 23rd, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

A little bit of pontification, but some great tidbits and lessons learned in here -- not bad at all!

Author Details

Author Details

Gates, Bill

Gates is the chairman and chief executive officer of Microsoft Corporation. His vision and commitment regarding personal computing have been central to the success of Microsoft and in the advancement of software technology.