To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment History
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To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment History

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The never-before-told story of Pixar's improbable success?

“Hi, Lawrence?” the caller asked. “This is Steve Jobs. I saw your picture in a magazine a few years ago and thought we’d work together someday.”

After Steve Jobs was unceremoniously dismissed from Apple, he bought a little-known graphics company called Pixar. One day, out of the blue, Jobs called Lawrence Levy, a Harvard-trained lawyer and executive to whom he had never spoken before, to persuade Levy to help him get Pixar off the ground.

What Levy found was a company on the verge of failure. To Pixar and Beyond is the story of what happened next: how, working closely with Jobs, Levy produced and implemented a highly improbable plan that transformed Pixar into one of Hollywood’s greatest success stories.

Set in the worlds of Silicon Valley and Hollywood, the book takes readers inside Pixar, Disney, law firms, and investment banks. It provides an up-close, firsthand account of Pixar’s ascent, how it made creative choices, Levy’s enduring collaboration and friendship with Jobs, and how Levy came to see in Pixar deeper lessons that can apply to many aspects of our lives.

Title:To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment History
Edition Language:English
ISBN:0544734149
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages

    To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment History Reviews

  • Brandon Forsyth
    Aug 18, 2016

    I don't really read business books, but I loved this. Levy's story is a really well-told personal narrative about bridging the gap between art and commerce, and anyone who's seen a Pixar movie in the ...

  • Scott Rhee
    Nov 30, 2016

    I don’t typically read business books, but Lawrence Levy’s book, “To Pixar and Beyond” isn’t a typical business book. There’s a warm, lovable fuzziness to it that is, in my mind, antitheti...

  • Andrew
    Jul 29, 2016

    *3.5 stars*If Ed Catmull's Creativity Inc was the heart story of Pixar, this is the head story. A fast-paced, nuts-and-bolts business story about how CFO Lawrence Levy signed on to a company strugglin...

  • Aaron
    Oct 31, 2016

    In my eyes, Pixar brought joy to the world through their ability to connect with the audience. Moves such as “Toy Story” and “A Bug’s Life” were pillars of my childhood, pulling me into a ne...

  • Benjamin Bookman
    Nov 06, 2016

    I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book. I am not typically interested in business or finance at all, but the writing was high quality and the mix of story levels was just enough. Not too much bu...

  • Henryk715
    Nov 26, 2016

    It has been awhile since I powered through a book in less than one week, but this one was hard to put down. Being a big fan of Pixar movies I was really interested in reading how the business side of ...

  • Steve Peifer
    Nov 27, 2016

    I read a lot of business books and I often walk away from the book feeling like the business leader was kind of stupid. You won't feel like that with this book. He is the smartest person in the room, ...

  • Ali
    Nov 14, 2016

    4 stars for the first three parts; 2 stars for the last part. ...

  • Linda
    Mar 30, 2017

    I loved reading all about how Pixar became so successful. I found the story fascinating!...

  • Terry
    Mar 31, 2017

    Great book on the history of Pixar. Levy wrote from the CFO point of view, great story of a major turnaround. A couple of things I find really helpful. 1. Hollywood profits allocation between studio a...