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


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
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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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, ...

  • Jay Goldman
    Jan 20, 2017

    It's hard to get an original look behind the scenes of Pixar, one of the most famous companies to emerge from Silicon Valley (or, at least, from near the Valley). The story of Toy Story is well known,...

  • Megan Laird
    Feb 10, 2017

    I hardly ever read biographies but I loved this book. It was so fun to read about how Pixar was made and all the work that was put in to one of my favorite movies! (Toy Story) ...

  • Matt Cannon
    Dec 03, 2016

    I believe I have read most of the Pixar books that have been written, so I was delighted when I stumbled across this book at my local library. The story is touching, full of behind the scenes business...

  • Daniel
    Nov 15, 2016

    Pixar required much more than a good story to survive A great book telling you so sometimes need boring people as they help you get the lifeline of a funding or translate your pixie dust to a molecula...