Author, Author! Microsoft alumni have been prolific with the prose. The new Microsoft Alumni Network Book Shelf was created as a central location to showcase books written by Microsoft Alumni Network Members and turn the spotlight on some of the authors themselves as they complete and publish new works.

The initial list of books curated below comes from Alumni Network members who have either sent us copies of their books as part of their press kits or told us specifically about the books they have written. We will continue to expand our collection and share new author offerings, signings and speaking engagements with the Network here. 

Let us know if you’ve published a book by completing this form. If you have an upcoming author event, add it to our Event Calendar here.

Author Spotlight: Julian Parish

Julian Parish lives about 30 miles west of Paris, France, and, in his post-Microsoft life, he has married two of his passions: writing and automobiles.

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Paul Allen


Paul Allen is an American business magnate, investor and philanthropist. He is known for co-founding Microsoft alongside Bill Gates. Allen is the founder and Chairman of Vulcan Inc., which manages his various business and philanthropic efforts. Allen also has a multibillion-dollar investment portfolio including technology and media companies, real estate holdings, and stakes in other companies. He owns two professional sports teams: the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League and the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association. He is also part-owner of the Seattle Sounders FC. He is also founder of Allen Institute for Brain Science, Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Institute for Cell Science, and Vulcan Aerospace.


Publications:

  • Idea Man: A Memoir by the Cofounder of Microsoft (2012)

Website: paulallen.com


Robbie Bach


Robbie Bach joined Microsoft in 1988 and over the next 22 years worked in various marketing, general management and business leadership roles. Beginning in 1999, as Chief Xbox Officer, he led the creation and development of the highly successful Xbox video game business. Now in his new role as a “Civic Engineer,” Robbie believes we all have a responsibility to engage on civic issues and dedicates his time and energy to providing strategies, creative ideas, and consulting to organizations who are driving positive change in our communities. He speaks to corporate, academic and civic groups across the country and in 2015 completed his first book, Xbox Revisited: A Game Plan for Corporate and Civic Renewal.

Publications:

  • Xbox Revisited: A Game Plan for Corporate and Civic Renewal (2015)

Website: robbiebach.com


Akhtar Badshah


Akhtar was Senior Director of Citizenship and Public Affairs for Microsoft, where he led its global philanthropic efforts, global community investment and employee programs. Akhtar also managed Microsoft YouthSpark and the Unlimited Potential Community Technology Skills Program (CTSP).

Prior to joining Microsoft, Akhtar was the CEO and President of Digital Partners Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to leverage the digital economy to benefit the poor. An active advocate for the global community, Akhtar now serves as a board member of Telecentre.org, Council on Foundations, Youth Employment Summit Inc., and the US Chamber of Commerce’s Business Civic Leadership Center.


Publications:

  • Our Urban Future: New Paradigms for Equity and Sustainability (1996)
  • Technology at the Margins: How IT Meets the Needs of Emerging Markets (2010) by Sailesh Chutani, Jessica Rothenberg Aalamin, Akhtar Badshah

Scott Berkun


Scott Berkun is the best selling author of six books, including Making Things Happen, The Myths of Innovation, Confessions of a Public Speaker and The Year Without Pants. His work has appeared in the The Washington Post, The New York Times, Wired Magazine, Fast Company, The Economist, Forbes Magazine, and other media. He has taught creative thinking at the University of Washington and has been a regular commentator on CNBC, MSNBC and National Public Radio. 


Publications:

  • The Dance of the Possible (2017)
  • The Ghost of My Father (2014)
  • The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com & The Future of Work (2013)
  • Mindfire: Big Ideas for Curious Minds (2011)
  • Confessions of a Public Speaker (2009)
  • Making Things Happen: Mastering Project Management (Theory in Practice) (2008)
  • The Myths of Innovation (2007)
  • The Art of Project Management (2005)

Website: scottberkun.com


Mel Carson


For well over fifteen years, Mel has been inspiring businesses around the world to understand and make the most of the explosion in use of digital media and technology.

After 7 years at Microsoft as their Digital Evangelist, Mel left in the summer of 2012 to start Seattle-based consultancy – Delightful Communications – which helps businesses and individuals successfully apply marketing strategies that focus on Social Media, Digital PR and Personal Branding.


Publications:

  • Introduction to Personal Branding: ten Steps Toward a New Professional You (2016)
  • Pioneers of Digital: Success Stories from Leaders in Advertising, Marketing, Search and Social Media (2012) by Paul Springer and Mel Carson

Website: melcarson.com


Rick Chouinard


A graduate of the University of Texas, McCombs School of Business with twenty years in sales positions with companies ranging from technology start-ups to Fortune 100. Rick’s interest in poker led him to observe, research, and document how winning poker and sales professionals use many of the same skills on the path to success.


Publications:

  • ACE Selling: Increase Sales Performance Using Advanced Poker Strategies (2014)

Jae Ellard


Jae Ellard is the founder of Simple Intentions and author of the Mindful Life book series.


Publications:

  • Stop & Listen: Practicing Presence (2014)
  • The Five Truths about Work-life Balance (2014)
  • Beyond Tips & Tricks: Mindful Management (2014)
  • Stop & See: Developing Intentional Habits (2013)
  • Success with Stress (2011)
  • The Pocket Coach: Perspective When You Need Some (2011)
  • Spun Up: Success with Stress (2010)
  • Stop & Think: 25 Tips for Better Work Life Balance (2010)
  • Stop & Think: Creating New Awareness (The Mindful Life Collection) (2008)

Website: simpleintentions.com


Bill Gates


Bill Gates is a technologist, business leader, and philanthropist. He grew up in Seattle, Washington, with an amazing and supportive family who encouraged his interest in computers at an early age. He dropped out of college to start Microsoft with his childhood friend Paul Allen. He married Melinda French in 1994 and they have three children. Today, Bill and Melinda Gates co-chair the charitable foundation bearing their names and are working together to give their wealth back to society.

Publications:

  • Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy (1999) by Bill Gates and Collins Hemingway
  • The Road Ahead (1995)

Website: gatesnotes.com


Pawan Gupta


Pawan Gupta transitioned into a business career where he served in executive and senior roles at Microsoft, Toshiba, bSquare and five startups. He has done business in twenty-four countries. The secret to his success lies in his ability to connect with his audience, whether it is one on one, in a group meeting or presenting in front of hundreds. In Talk to Convince, you'll find his systematic approach to crafting your message, keeping your audience engaged and speaking with impact. Also included is a special bonus section on succeeding in small-group meetings and investor presentations.


Publications:

  • Talk to Convince, The Art and Science of Getting Your Message Across (2016)

Website: talktoconvince.com


Collins Hemingway


Whether his subject is literature, history, or science, Collins Hemingway has a passion for the art of creative investigation. Hemingway's fiction is shaped by the language of the heart and an abiding regard for courage in the face of adversity.


Publications:

  • The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen: Volume II (2016)
  • The Marriage of Miss Jane Austen: A Novel by a Gentleman Volume I (2015)
  • Maximum Brainpower: Challenging the Brain for Health and Wisdom (2012)
  • The Fifth Wave: A Strategic Vision for Mobile Internet Innovation, Investment and Return (2012)
  • What Happy Companies Know: How the New Science of Happiness Can Change Your Company for the Better (2006) by Dan Baker, Cathy Greenberg, Collins Hemingway
  • Built for Growth: Expanding Your Business Around the Corner or Across the Globe (2005) by Arthur Rubinfeld and Collins Hemingway
  • Business @ the Speed of Thought: Succeeding in the Digital Economy (1999) by Bill Gates and Collins Hemingway

Website: austenmarriage.com


Lisa Hufford


Lisa Hufford is the founder and CEO of Simplicity Consulting, which has been named to the Inc. 5000 list for five years running as one of the fastest-growing private companies in America. Inc. also named Lisa one of the top 10 female entrepreneurs, and she has been chosen as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning Woman.


Publications:

  • Navigating the Talent Shift: How to Build On-Demand Teams that Drive Innovation, Control Costs, and Get Results (2016)
  • Be You: Five Steps to Living Your Personal Brand (2011)

Website: lisahufford.com


Mitch Lacey


Mitch Lacey is an agile practitioner and trainer and author of the popular book, "The Scrum Field Guide, Practical Advice for Your First Year." With over 10 years of Agile experience, and 18+ years managing projects, Mitch's well rounded approach is suitable to any business.


Publications:

  • The Scrum Field Guide: Practical Advice for Your First Year (2012)

Website: mitchlacey.com


Gordon Letwin


James Gordon Letwin is an American software developer.

While at Microsoft, Letwin worked on a number of projects. His first project at Microsoft was writing a BASIC compiler. He is most noted for being the lead architect of the OS/2 operating system on the Microsoft side. Letwin contributed much of the design and code for several core components, including the HPFS file system.

Since leaving Microsoft, Letwin has donated substantial amounts of money to environmental causes via the Wilburforce Foundation, a charitable foundation created by him and his wife, Rose.

Publications:

  • Inside OS/2 (2008)

Website: wilburforce.org


Richard S. Levine


Richard S. Levine has been a math teacher, a software engineer, and a video games designer. Now he's busy writing speculative fiction.

He has had stories published in Emerald Tales, OG's Speculative Fiction, Raygun Revival, The Fifth Di, The Lorelei Signal, and other online and print magazines. "A Comic on Phobos" received a nomination for Samsdotpublishing's James award.


Publications:

  • Science Fiction: Time Travel and Robots 2 (2015)
  • Science Fiction: Genetics (2015)
  • Movie Magic Squares: Volume 1 (2013)
  • Science Fiction: Time Travel (2011)
  • Science Fictions: Tragedies (2011)
  • Science Fiction: Robots & Cyborgs (2011)
  • Science Fiction: Future Youth (2011)
  • Science Fiction: The Arts (2011)
  • Face Facts (2011)
  • A Comic on Phobos (2011)

Website: rickslevine.com


Andrea Lewis


Andrea Lewis was Microsoft's first technical writer. She is now a freelance writer and she helped build a literary center, Richard Hugo House.


Publications:

  • What My Last Man Did (2017)

Website: andrealewis.org


Dana Manciagli



Dana Manciagli, called "a combination of Jillian Michaels and Suze Orman for careers," has been a corporate executive for more than 30 years and has leveraged her employee hiring and management experience into that of author, blogger, keynote speaker, career coach, and global career expert. 


Publications:

  • Cut the Crap, Get a Job! a New Job Search Process for a New Era (2013)

Website: danamanciagli.com


John Marvin


John WS Marvin started gaming at a young age. His gateway games were hex based wargames, he started roleplaying with the original white box edition of Dungeons and Dragons™. He designed and wrote early computer games for Twentieth Century Fox and Epyx.

These days, John works on writing and game design. When he’s not skiing or hiking. OK, he thinks about writing and game design while he’s skiing and hiking.

Publications:

  • Gods and Icons (2016)
  • Tower in the Mist (2016)

Website: dreadunicorngames.com


Marc McDonald


Marc McDonald’s career spans the 30-year PC industry—from the MITS Altair to today—and he holds six software patents. As the first salaried employee at Microsoft, Marc designed the FAT file system for MS-DOS.

Publications:

  • The Practical Guide to Defect Prevention (2008) by Marc McDonald, Robert A. Musson, and Ross Smith

Mark Mueller-Eberstein


Mark Mueller-Eberstein is one of the world’s leading experts on how businesses can leverage key technology trends, transform organizations and to drive a competitive advantage. He is an internationally renowned business leader, entrepreneur, investor, consultant, best-selling author, and teaches at Rutgers University’s Business School. He leads “The Innovation Economy Research Institute”, works with the Shenzhen (China) based Qianhai Institute for Innovation Research (QIIR), APEC and delivers guest lectures at e.g. Seattle University. Mark is the founder and is leading the Adgetec Corporation’s consulting business since 2010.


Publications:

  • No Fear: Business Leadership in the Age of Digital Cowboys (2011) by Pekka Vilijakainen and Mark Mueller-Eberstein
  • Agility: Competing and Winning in a Tech-Savvy Marketplace (2010)

Website: mueller-eberstein.com


Nathan Myhrvold


Nathan Myhrvold, founder of The Cooking Lab, coauthor of Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking and Modernist Cuisine at Home, and author of The Photography of Modernist Cuisine, has had a passion for science, cooking, and photography since he was a boy. By the age of 13, Nathan had already cooked the family Thanksgiving feast and transformed the household bathroom into a darkroom.

Myhrvold holds a doctorate in theoretical and mathematical physics as well as a master's degree in economics from Princeton University. He holds additional master's degrees in geophysics and space physics and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles. At Cambridge University, Myhrvold did postdoctoral work with Stephen Hawking in cosmology, quantum field theory in curved space-time, and quantum theories of gravitation, all before starting a software company that would be acquired by Microsoft.

As his career developed, he still found time to explore the culinary world and photography. While working directly for Bill Gates as the chief technology officer at Microsoft, Nathan was part of the team that won the Memphis World Championship Barbecue contest; he worked as a stagier at Chef Thierry Rautureau's restaurant Rover's, in Seattle; he then took a leave of absence to earn his culinary diploma from École de Cuisine La Varenne, in France.

Nathan retired from Microsoft in 1999 to found Intellectual Ventures and pursue several lifelong interests in photography, cooking, and food science. 

Publications:

  • Modernist Bread: The Art and Science (2017) by Nathan Myhrvold and Francisco Migoya
  • The Photography of Modernist Cuisine (2013)
  • Strategic Terrorism: A Call to Action (2013) 
  • Modernist Cuisine at Home (2012) By Nathan Myhrvold and Maxime Bilet
  • Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking (2011) by Nathan Myhrvold and Chris Young

Website: nathanmyhrvold.com


Gisli Olafsson


Gisli Olafsson is one of the leading experts in the world on the use of technology in disaster response. Gisli is a sought after speaker, trainer and advisor on the role technology can play in enhancing the response to large scale natural and man-made disasters. Gisli Olafsson joined NetHope in November 2010 as the Emergency Response Director. He is responsible for coordinating information and communication technology (ICT) related emergency preparedness and emergency response activities of NetHope’s 41 member organizations. They include organizations such as International Federation of the Red Cross/Red Crescent, Save the Children, WorldVision, Oxfam, Relief International, CARE, Catholic Relief Services, International Rescue Committee and 33 other world leading non-profit organizations.


Publications:

  • The Crisis Leader: The Art of Leadership in Times of Crisis (2014)

Website: thecrisisleader.com


Julian Parish


A lifelong motoring enthusiast, Julian has lived in both the UK and France and has driven more than half a million miles throughout Europe and North America. After a career in book and software publishing, he now spends much of his time writing and translating motoring books and articles, many of them devoted to the pleasures of driving on the Continent. He has also written on makes including Mazda, Mercedes, MG and Volvo. Julian is a member of both the Guild of Motoring Writers and the Institute of Advanced Motorists in the UK.


Publications:

  • France: The Essential Guide for Car Enthusiasts - New Edition: 200 things for the car enthusiast to see and do (2017)
  • Mercedes-Benz W123: The Essential Buyer's Guide (2017)
  • Mercedes-Benz 190: The Essential Buyer's Guide (2017)
  • The Essential Guide to Driving in Europe: Drive safely and stay legal in 50 countries! (2016)
  • Mercedes-Benz SL R129: The Essential Buyer's Guide (2016)
  • Mazda RX-8: The Essential Buyer's Guide (2016)

Website: driveguide.guru


Steven Ramirez


Steven Ramirez is the author of the horror thriller series TELL ME WHEN I’M DEAD. He has also published short stories as well as a children’s book, and he wrote the screenplay for the horror thriller film ‘Killers.’


Publications:

  • Even the Dead Will Bleed (2015)
  • Dead Is All You Get (2014)
  • Tell Me When I'm Dead (2013)

Website: stevenramirez.com


Steven Sinofsky


Steven Sinofsky is a former President of the Windows Division. He was responsible for the development and marketing of Windows, Internet Explorer as well as online services such as Outlook.com and SkyDrive.


Publications:

  • One Strategy: Organization, Planning and Decision Making (2009) by Steven Sinofsky and Marco Iansiti

Website: medium.learningbyshipping.com


Paul Shoemaker


Paul is the Founding President of Social Venture Partners International (SVPI) and was the Executive Connector of SVP Seattle for 17 years.  With insights from this unique vantage point, he is the Northwest’s leading expert on activating social change agents and a global thought leader on how individuals can be the most effective philanthropists.

In previous careers, Paul was group manager for worldwide operations at Microsoft Corporation and developed a group of 22 direct marketing professionals and implemented a direct marketing infrastructure. Prior to his work at Microsoft, Paul was a Product Manager at Nestle USA in Glendale, CA.

Publications:

  • Can't Not Do: The Compelling Social Drive that Changes our World (2015)

Website: paulshoemaker.org


Jack Turk


For decades, I focused on growing my career as a writer (my very first stint was writing comedy for a college radio show with my friend Tim Allen). After graduation, I bounced around at different jobs across the country - Michigan, Texas, Boston - having a good run writing for high-tech companies. 

But on my 50th birthday, I marched into my boss's office at Microsoft and told him "I'm quitting to become a magician."

It was quite the ride - with plenty of ups and downs along the way. I'm an excellent kidshow performer, but the magic of a successful business only became real after I discovered the power of direct response copywriting in the mold of Dan Kennedy, John Caples, and other copy greats. I extended my business to help other magicians successfully sell their services... through webinars, live events, and products.

Eventually, my success as a marketer and copywriter led me to join Dan Kennedy's company - GKIC - where for over three years I led the copy team as Head Copywriter. Now I provide marketing / writing services and counsel to a variety of clients in many different industries (www.YouDontNeedACopywriter.com). 

Publications:

  • 101 Fast, Good, Cheap Hacks for Writing a KILLER Sales Letter (2017)

Website: jackturk.com


Kate Vitasek


Lauded by World Trade Magazine as one of the "Fabulous 50+1" most influential people impacting global commerce, author, educator and business consultant Kate Vitasek is an international authority for her award-winning research and Vested® business model for highly-collaborative relationships.


Publications:

  • Strategic Sourcing in the New Economy: Harnessing the Potential of Sourcing Business Models for Modern Procurement (2015) by Bonnie Keith and Kate Vitasek
  • Getting to We: Negotiating Agreements for Highly Collaborative Relationships (2013) by J. Nyden and Kate Vitasek
  • Vested: How P&G, McDonald's, and Microsoft are Redefining Winning in Business Relationships (2012) by Kate Vitasek and Karl Manrodt
  • The Vested Outsourcing Manual: A Guide for Creating Successful Business and Outsourcing Agreements (2011) by Kate Vitasek and Jacqui Crawford
  • Vested Outsourcing: Five Rules That Will Transform Outsourcing (2010) by Kate Vitasek and Mike Ledyard

Website: vestedway.com


Andy Walker


Andy Walker is a digital strategist and author of five books. He has appeared as a tech expert on zillions of TV and radio broadcasts in Canada and the U.S.


Publications:

  • Super You: How Technology is Revolutionizing What it Means to Be Human (2016) by Andy Walker and Kay Svela Walker
  • Windows Lockdown!: Your XP and Vista Guide Against Hacks, Attacks, and Other Internet Mayhem (2008)
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Help Desk (2007)
  • Absolute Beginner's Guide to Security, Spam, Spyware & Viruses (2005)

Website: andywalker.com


Steve Wells


Steven Wells grew up in Colorado and attended the University of Colorado in Boulder. With an Engineering Degee, Steve set out for Seattle and the Boeing Company. After a long career in the high-tech industry, including Microsoft, Steve studied writing at the University of Washington and winemaking at South Seattle Community College, where he received a degree in wine production. He also holds an MBA from Seattle Univesity.

Steve has worked at a number of local Seattle wineries including DeLille Cellars. Though reds might be his favorite, he'd never turn down a glass of white Bordeaux.

While not writing, drinking wine, or walking his dogs, Steve is involved with a number of nonprofit organizations in the Seattle area, serving as board chair, volunteer, or consultant. He also likes to hike, bike, and swim.


Publications:

  • Harvest Homicide: A China Connection (2014)
  • Killer Cuvee: Winemaker Series (2012)
  • Ginger's Story (2012)

John Wood


At age 35, John left his position as Director of Business Development for Microsoft’s Greater China region to found Room to Read. The business acumen honed there, combined with his passion and an unparalleled track record at changing the world, makes John a unique and inspiring leader and social entrepreneur.

Publications:

  • Creating Room to Read: A Story of Hope in the Battle for Global Literacy (2014)
  • Zak the Yak with Books on His Back (2010) by John Wood and Abin Shrestha
  • Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur's Odyssey to Educate the World's Children (2007)

Website: roomtoread.org