Invention: A Life Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Dyson has become a byword for high-performing products, technology, design and invention. Now, James Dyson, the inventor and entrepreneur who made it all happen, tells his remarkable and inspirational story in Invention: A Life.
Famously, over a four-year period, James Dyson made 5,127 prototypes of the cyclonic vacuum cleaner that would transform the way houses are cleaned around the world. In devoting all his resources to iteratively developing the technology, he risked it all, but out of many failures and setbacks came hard-fought success. His products - including vacuum cleaners, hair dryers and hair stylers, and fans and purifiers - are not only revolutionary technologies, but design classics. This was a legacy of his time studying at the Royal College of Art in the 1960s, when he was inspired by some of the most famous artists, designers and inventors of the era, as well as his engineering heroes such as Frank Whittle and Alec Issigonis.
In Invention: A Life, Dyson reveals how he came to set up his own company and led it to become one of the most inventive technology companies in the world. It is a compelling and dramatic tale, with many obstacles overcome. Dyson has always looked to the future, even setting up his own university to help provide the next generation of engineers and designers. For, as he says, 'everything changes all the time, so experience is of little use'.
Whether you are someone who has an idea for a better product, an aspiring entrepreneur, whether you appreciate great design or a compelling story, Invention: A Life offers you inspiration, hope and much more.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 32 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||02 September 2021|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Audio UK|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 2,422 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
15 in Biographies of Business Leaders
23 in Biographies of Business Professionals
739 in Humour & Entertainment (Books)
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However in the later chapters we get down to the business of tracing the history of the company and the innovations that led to the many other products. It is a fascinating story of determination and the ability to overcome plagiarism and the vultures of industry.
Without giving too much away, his pivotal products all founded on a breakthrough technology, for example the cyclone effect, to achieve the bagless Dyson Vacuum Cleaner, then the digital motor to achieve the battery powered upright Dyson most of us now use. In this regard perhaps this explains why the venture into the electric motor car failed as it wasn't based on any particular breakthrough innovation but based on trying to catch up with the leaders.
Overall the history of the Dyson remains fascinating and the book traces, in some detail, all the false starts and the difficulties of licensing products, especially with the Americans. You don't get a great deal of technical detail, indeed I am still not sure we got a full explanation of how he achieved his dust particle breakthrough. If you are a technologist and interested in turning ideas into products I am sure that you will find the book engrossing despite its flaws.
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Unfortunately (for me) the 2nd half of the book a little less gripping, but there are some interesting insights , with much wisdom in there too.
We need more great entrepreneurs of his ilk and it is great that he took the time to share his remarkable story and thoughts.
It diverges from being an autobiography and delves into his views and opinions on a variety of topics including education and farming.
If only Britain had more people like James Dyson.