Saturday 04 June 2016
Sean Kim, Rype

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Recommended by: Steve Jobs and Mark Cuban Topic: Politics & Business

One-sentence summary: “Solve the world’s problem through entrepreneurial solutions.”

When Steve Wozniak was interviewed about what influenced Steve Jobs in the early days of building Apple, he mentioned that Atlas Shrugged was one of the books that Jobs used as his guide to life & business.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 12 May 2016
Monday 04 January 2016
Debra Kelly, The List Universe

The Randian Hero

Love them or hate them, the works of Ayn Rand make a definite statement about success, industry, and the human condition. Many of the heroes (or antiheroes) of her works conform to a standard that is aptly named the Randian hero.

These heroes lack the characteristics of the American ideal: the selflessness, the sacrifice, the inherent goodness. Instead, they are the ideal tycoon, the magnates of might and industry who sit at the top of their organizations and on mountains of money. They are only out for themselves.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 04 Jan 2016
Thursday 26 November 2015
Colby Cosh, National Post

No one ever knew they wanted an iPad until they got their hands on one. It is everything that devices made in socialist countries were, for 80 years, egregiously not: whimsical, thoughtfully designed and reasonably durable despite bearing no resemblance to a tank. The man behind it, Steve Jobs, was a single-minded ego-prophet straight from the pages of Ayn Rand.

Posted almost 4 years ago Publication date: 27 Nov 2015
Friday 24 July 2015
Billy Johnson, Newsweek

Gibney’s message is drilled in hard, falling just short of heavy-handedness: Be careful of companies and people that purposely convey an image that may run contrary to their real values. Apple has long defined itself as a company of the counterculture, an image bolstered by Jobs’s hippie-ish persona in his early days, as well as his trips to India and his experimentation with psychoactive drugs. “Steve Jobs purported to be acting the values of the counterculture, but I think really what he was doing was using the style of the counterculture while advancing the values of Ayn Rand,” said Gibney.

Posted about 4 years ago Publication date: 23 Jul 2015
Friday 19 June 2015
  1. Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand What it’s about: A single individual brings the world to a halt by persuading the world’s innovators to withdraw from it. Fun factoid: One of the last movies that Steve Jobs saw was the critically panned Atlas Shrugged: Part 1. Best quote: “Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists … it is real … it is possible … it’s yours.”
Posted over 4 years ago Publication date: 20 Jun 2015