Shoe Dog

Shoe Dog

A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

Streaming Audiobook - 2016
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"Young, searching, fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed fifty dollars from his father and launched a company with one simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost running shoes from Japan. Selling the shoes from the trunk of his Plymouth Valiant, Knight grossed eight thousand dollars that first year, 1963. Today, Nike's annual sales top $30 billion. In this Age of Startups, Knight's Nike is the gold standard, and its swoosh is more than a logo. A symbol of grace and greatness, it's one of the few icons instantly recognized in every corner of the world. But Knight, the man behind the swoosh, has always been a mystery. Now, for the first time ever, in a memoir that's candid, humble, startling, funny, and beautifully crafted, he tells his story at last. He begins with his crossroads moment: twenty-four years old, backpacking around the world, wrestling with life's Great Questions, he decides the unconventional path is the only one for him. Rather than work for a big corporation, he will create something all his own, something new, dynamic, different. Knight details the many terrifying risks he encountered along the way, the crushing setbacks, the ruthless competitors, the countless doubters and haters and hostile bankers--as well as his many thrilling triumphs and narrow escapes. Above all, he recalls the foundational relationships that formed the heart and soul of Nike, with his former track coach, the irascible and charismatic Bill Bowerman, and with his first employees, a ragtag group of misfits and savants who quickly became a band of swoosh-crazed brothers. Together, harnessing the electrifying power of a bold vision and a shared belief in the redemptive, transformative power of sport, they created a brand, and a culture, that changed everything"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2016.
Characteristics: 1 sound file : digital
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Jul 13, 2018

Best memoir by a CEO I’ve ever read. Truly provides a glimpse into how Phil Kight’s experiences, relationships and life shaped the foundation and engrained the DNA of what Nike is all about. As the book was nearing its conclusion, I was starting to think that I didn’t want it to end. Great book and made even better via the audio book.

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8836375uy
Apr 09, 2018

For what it's worth, this audiobook is far better than most. The artist reading the book renders it with greater drama and appeal than if I were reading it in print. Many times, due simply to his delivery and timing, I found myself with chills. Not to diminish in any way from the written text, I'm merely acknowledging that the audiobook in this rare case enhances the story due to the vocal talents of the reading artist.

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