Will.i.am in Search for the Next Steve Jobs?

There may be a unique twist coming to the popular show X Factor with the help of Black Eyed Peas front man Will.i.am.

The Sun reports that X Factor judge Simon Cowell and Will.i.am are working on a project called X Factor for Tech. Something Will.i.am tells the The Sun is going to be “out of this world.” Sure sounds like it.

What a great concept, that surprisingly no one else has thought of. With the popularity in technology entrepreneurship why not turn it into a show, right?

Will.i.am has been very involved with the technology and STEM communities over the past couples years so it isn’t a surprise he is involved with this project. But it will be interesting to hear what prospective Simon Cowell has on tech and innovation.

The collaboration was announced when Will.i.am  spoke at a technology conference in London.

“It’s about getting in touch with youth and giving them a platform to express themselves — whether that’s in science or mathematics,” said Will.i.am.

Would you watch an X-Factor show that focused on tech entrepreneurs instead of singers?  

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Walter Isaacson’s “enthralling” (The New Yorker) worldwide bestselling biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs—the inspiration for the movie Steve Jobs starring Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, and Jeff Daniels, directed by Danny Boyle with a screenplay by Aaron Sorkin.Based on more than forty interviews with Steve Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than 100 family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing. Isaacson’s portrait touched millions of readers. At a time when America is seeking ways to sustain its innovative edge, Jobs stands as the ultimate icon of inventiveness and applied imagination. He knew that the best way...

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Amazon Best Books of the Month, November 2011: It is difficult to read the opening pages of Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs without feeling melancholic. Jobs retired at the end of August and died about six weeks later. Now, just weeks after his death, you can open the book that bears his name and read about his youth, his promise, and his relentless press to succeed. But the initial sadness in starting the book is soon replaced by something else, which is the intensity of the read--mirroring the intensity of Jobs’s focus and vision for his products. Few in history have transformed their time like Steve Jobs, and one could argue that he stands with the Fords, Edisons, and Gutenbergs of the world. This is a timely and complete portrait that pulls no punches and gives insight into a man whose contradictions were in many ways his greatest strength. --Chris Schluep Amazon Exclusive: A Q&A with Walter Isaacson Q: It's becoming well known that Jobs was able to create his Reality...

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Describes how Steve Jobs started Apple Computer in his garage in the late 1970s and how, after his colleagues ousted him, he founded NeXT, in a work that discusses Bill Gates, Ross Perot, George Lucas, and other figures.

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Now in paperback, the #1 New York Times bestselling biography of how Steve Jobs became the most visionary CEO in history.  With a new foreword by Marc Andreessen  and new afterword by the authors, Becoming Steve Jobs is a narrative on Jobs' evolution as a manager and leader, as an astute CEO, as a father, and as a visionary with an unparalled sense of what consumers wanted—before they knew what they wanted themselves. But he didn't start out with those skills. When he first left Apple in 1985 and struck out to form his own company, NeXT, he knew little about running a company, holding to a budget, or developing successful products. It was during his years in the wilderness, unsuccessfully launching NeXT and helping to revitalize Pixar, that he learned the skills that would make him so successful upon his return to Apple in 1996.

Finding the Next Steve Jobs: How to Find, Keep, and Nurture Talent

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From the legendary founder of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese’s and Steve Jobs’s first boss, the secrets to finding, hiring, keeping, and nurturing creative talent.The business world is changing faster than ever, and every day your company faces new complications and difficulties. The only way to resolve these issues is to have a staff of wildly creative people who live as much in the future as the present, who thrive on being different, and whose ideas will guarantee that your company will prosper when other companies fail. A celebrated visionary and iconoclast, Nolan Bushnell founded the groundbreaking gaming company Atari before he went on to found Chuck E. Cheese’s and two dozen other companies. He also happened to launch the career of the late Steve Jobs, along with those of many other bril­liant creatives over the course of his five decades in business. With refreshing candor, keen psychological insight, and robust humor, Bushnell explains in Finding the Next Steve Jobs how to...



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