Shoe Dog

by Phil Knight

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Book Reviews

  • @caitie i liked sapiens and shoe dog (read them before i switched off most white male authored books) and i loved educated, was just eyeing end of everything at the bookstore, maybe i’ll go get it now :)Link to Tweet
  • New post sharing some of my favorite books in the "business narrative" category -- business stories that read like fiction! - Shoe Dog - Made in America - Fish that Ate the Whale - Red Notice - Without Their Permission to Tweet
  • I am working on a list of the 100 most impactful books read by curious people. Ten of my most impactful: — “We Were Soldiers…” — “Shoe Dog” — “The Great Gatsby” — “12 Rules” — “Atomic Habits” — “Zero To One” — “Range” — “American Rule” — “Take Ivy” — “Barracoon” 📚👇🏽Link to Tweet
  • @TSOH_Investing Shoe Dog is a book about important parts of running a real business. It's not an investing or finance book. Phil Knight worked with a ghost writer who told a story. Shoe Dog reminds me of this book about Les Schwab, which Buffett and Munger both recommend: to Tweet
  • @TSOH_Investing Shoe Dog is a great business book and a fun story. The ghost writer was JR Moehringer, an American novelist and journalist. In 2000 he won the Pulitzer Prize for newspaper feature writing. to Tweet
  • Highly recommend this book - Shoe Dog - What a wild ride! I have read about so many "near death" situations at other startups but nothing that comes this close and more than once to Tweet
  • What are the best books and other resources that might help people manage cash better in their business right now? There must be many people thinking and worried about cash management this weekend. The best *story* about cash management might be Phil Knight's memoir Shoe Dog.Link to Tweet
  • But it's also surprisingly common that good ideas incubate when there isn't overwhelming focus. Reading Phil Knight's "Shoe Dog," I was surprised by how many years Nike ran as a shoestring outfit that was essentially a side hustleLink to Tweet
  • @Visage_1 @nachkari So far... The Firm (McKinsey), Shoe Dog (Nike), The Fish Who Ate the Whale (United Fruit), Bitter Brew (Anheuser Busch)Link to Tweet
  • Nike wanted a shoe called Aztec, but Adidas already had the name. Phil Knight and his vp: “Who was the guy who kicked the shit out of the Aztecs?” he asked. “Cortez,” I said. He grunted. “Okay. Let’s call it the Cortez.” One of the best biz books ever: to Tweet
  • The Man, The Myth, The Legend! Reading "Shoe Dog" by the great Phil Knight. #NikeLifer #StriveForGreatness to Tweet

About Book

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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