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

Published: November 1st, 2016
ISBN: 0544734149
Reviewed: 2019

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This book can be blow-hardy at times, but if you strip away the personal narrative a bit, then you can extract some great info about early Pixar, the challenges they faced racing to get Toy Story and achieving their IPO. Great lessons about business and relationships.

These kinds of books always fascinate me. A story of the world working against you and you are out to prove them wrong. It makes people think they need to sacrifice everything to be the next Pixar, or Google, or SpaceX. In reality, many companies risk everything and still come up empty handed.

I loved the behind the scenes feel of parts of this book. The office descriptions and the way the teams were set up. The passion for the work, and the feeling of dread and burnout from overworking. Overall I'd say this is a pretty decent read, even if you are only slightly interested in Pixar.