Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

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In this instant and tenacious New York Times bestseller, Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight “offers a rare and revealing look at the notoriously media-shy man behind the swoosh” (Booklist, starred review), illuminating his company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world’s most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.

Bill Gates named Shoe Dog one of his five favorite books of 2016 and called it “an amazing tale, a refreshingly honest reminder of what the path to business success really looks like. It’s a messy, perilous, and chaotic journey, riddled with mistakes, endless struggles, and sacrifice. Phil Knight opens up in ways few CEOs are willing to do.”

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 car in 1963, Knight grossed eight thousand dollars that first year. Today, Nike’s annual sales top $30 billion. In this age of start-ups, Knight’s Nike is the gold standard, and its swoosh is 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. In Shoe Dog, he tells his story at last. At twenty-four, Knight decides that rather than work for a big corporation, he will create something all his own, new, dynamic, different. He details the many risks he encountered, the crushing setbacks, the ruthless competitors and hostile bankers—as well as his many thrilling triumphs. Above all, he recalls the 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 transformative power of sports, they created a brand—and a culture—that changed everything.
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One of the world’s most influential business executives, Phil Knight is the founder of Nike, Inc. He served as CEO of the company from 1964 to 2004, as board chairman through 2016, and he is currently Chairman Emertius. He lives in Oregon with his wife, Penny.

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Simon and Schuster
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Apr 26, 2016
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9781501135934
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English
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Biography & Autobiography / Business
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Sports & Recreation / Running & Jogging
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Als junger, abenteuerlustiger Business-School-Absolvent auf der Suche nach einer Herausforderung lieh Phil Knight sich von seinem Vater 50 Dollar und gründete eine Firma mit einer klaren Mission: qualitativ hochwertige, aber preiswerte Laufschuhe aus Japan importieren. In jenem ersten Jahr, 1963, verkaufte Knight Laufschuhe aus dem Kofferraum seines Plymouth Valiant heraus und erzielte einen Umsatz von 8000 Dollar. Heute liegen die Jahresumsätze von Nike bei über 30 Milliarden Dollar. In unserem Zeitalter der Start-ups hat sich Knights Firma Nike als Maßstab aller Dinge etabliert und sein "Swoosh" ist längst mehr als nur ein Logo. Es ist ein Symbol von Geschmeidigkeit und Größe, eines der wenigen Icons, die in jedem Winkel unseres Erdballs sofort wiedererkannt werden. Aber Knight selbst, der Mann hinter dem Swoosh, ist immer ein Geheimnis geblieben. Jetzt erzählt er endlich seine Geschichte. Seine Memoiren sind überraschend, bescheiden, ungeschönt, humorvoll und handwerklich meisterhaft. Den Anfang markiert eine klassische Situation am Scheideweg. Der 24-jährige Knight bereist als Rucksacktourist Asien, Europa und Afrika, ihn bewegen die ganz großen philosophischen Fragen des Lebens. Und er entscheidet sich für einen unkonventionellen Lebensweg. Anstatt für ein großes etabliertes Unternehmen zu arbeiten, beschließt er, etwas ganz Eigenes zu schaffen – etwas, das neu, dynamisch und anders ist. En détail beschreibt Knight die vielen unberechenbaren Risiken, mit denen er sich auf seinem Weg konfrontiert sah, die niederschmetternden Rückschläge, die skrupellosen Konkurrenten, die zahllosen Zweifler und Widersacher, die abweisenden Banker, die etlichen Male, wo er knapp einer Katastrophe entging, ebenso wie seine vielen triumphalen Erfolge.
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It was only when Nike founder Phil Knight got cut from the baseball team as a high school freshman that his mother suggested he try out for track instead. Knight made the track team and he found he could run fast and even more he liked it.

Ten years later, young and searching, Knight borrowed fifty dollars from his father and launched a company with one simple mission: import high quality running shoes from Japan. Selling the shoes from the trunk of his car to start, he and his gang of friends and runners built one of the most successful brands ever.

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A friss diplomás, útkereső Phil Knight az apjától kölcsönzött 50 dollárból indította el cégét. Jó minőségű, olcsó futócipőket importált Japánból, amelyeket az autója csomagtartójából árusított. Az első évben, 1963-ban 8000 dolláros forgalmat termelt – napjainkban a Nike éves bevétele több mint 30 milliárd dollár, és az egyik leginnovatívabb és legértékesebb márkává vált, amelynek újításait világszerte próbálják másolni. A startupok korában a cég a minőség szinonimája lett, az ikonikus „pipa” pedig mára a teljesítmény, a dinamizmusés a lehetőség szimbóluma, amelyet bárhol felismernek.
Phil Knight, az „ember a pipa mögött”, mindig is rejtély volt. Meglepő, szerény, őszinte és szellemes önéletrajzában felfedi teljes történetét. Mesél a számos kudarcról, a kegyetlen versenytársakról, a rengeteg kétkedőről és az ellenséges bankárokról, majd a szenzációs győzelmekről és sikerekről is. Sorra veszi azokat a munkatársakat, akik a Nike szívét-lelkét formálták: köztük az alapítótárs futóedző, a lobbanékony és karizmatikus Bill Bowerman, valamint a cég első alkalmazottai, egy rakás különc és tudós, akik a Nike elhivatott csapatává kovácsolódtak.
Knight és társai merész jövőképükkel és szilárd meggyőződésükkel, hogy a sport ereje jobbá teszi az embert, egy olyan márkát és kultúrát hoztak létre, amely megváltoztatta mindennapjainkat és a mozgáshoz való viszonyunkat.
Kölyökkorom óta ismerem Phil Knightot, de igazából e néha megdöbbentő, néha megható, őszinte könyvéből ismertem meg csak igazán. És ugyanígy a Nike-ról se tudtam semmit. Büszkeséggel viseltem a termékeit, és fel se fogtam az innováció, az életbenmaradás és a győzelem figyelemre méltó történetét, amely minden egyes pipa mögött áll. Hiteles, vicces - a leginkább várt önéletrajz azoknak az embereknek, akik érdeklődnek a sport és a kivételes teljesítmények iránt.
Andre Agassi, teniszező
Megindító, ugyanakkor végtelenül szórakoztató kalandos utazás, amelynek során tanulhatunk az innovációról és kreativitásról. Phil Knight története nemcsak a legendás pipa történetét meséli el, hanem azt is, hogyan könyörgött kölcsönért a vonakodó bankoknak, miként verbuválta össze furcsa, de zseniális, lázadó kollégáit, és hogyan tudtak együttműködni, hogy egy kivételes és paradigmaváltó vállalatot és márkát építsenek. A könyv inspiráció mindazoknak, akik egy rendhagyó álmot követnek.
Michael Spence, Nobel-díjas közgazdász
A világ egyik legbefolyásosabb üzletembere, Phil Knight, a Nike alapítója. 1964-től 2004-ig a vállalat vezérigazgatója, napjainkban pedig az igazgatótanács elnöke. Oregon államban él a feleségével, Pennyvel.
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