Cutting the Cord by Martin Cooper audiobook

Cutting the Cord: The Cell Phone Has Transformed Humanity

By Martin Cooper
Read by Traber Burns

Blackstone Publishing 9781948122740
8.80 Hours 1
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The cell phone as we know it today almost didn’t happen—and the story of its creation has never been told. Martin Cooper, credited as the “father of the cell phone,” tells the story of how the first cell phone was created. He also outlines the continued positive impact of the cell phone in education, healthcare, and poverty reduction. The cell phone changed the world. It revolutionized how people communicate, freed them to get in touch with one another at any time, in any place without the constraints of the wired network. The cell phone led to the creation and growth of new industries. Yet the true story of its creation has not been told. This book tells that story. It centers on a battle for control of how people communicate, involving government regulators, lobbyists, police, technology breakthroughs, failures, quartz, and a horse. At the center of that story was Martin Cooper, an engineer, entrepreneur, and futurist. The chapters in his life influenced the creation of the cell phone. Industry skirmishes became a political war in Washington, a struggle to prevent a monopolistic company from dominating telecommunications. The drama culminated in the first-ever public call made on a handheld, portable telephone—a cell phone. Despite that, the cell phone we know today almost didn’t happen. Without the vision of a small group at Motorola, the last forty years would be different. Their story is inspiring and instructive. After a twenty-nine-year career at Motorola, Cooper became an entrepreneur, helping launch companies dedicated to accelerating cell phone adoption. The story of the cell phone has much to teach about innovation, strategy, and management. This book also relates Cooper’s vision of the future of personal communications. That story is far from finished. We have only achieved a small fraction of the cell phone’s potential impact.

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Summary

Summary

The cell phone as we know it today almost didn’t happen—and the story of its creation has never been told. Martin Cooper, credited as the “father of the cell phone,” tells the story of how the first cell phone was created. He also outlines the continued positive impact of the cell phone in education, healthcare, and poverty reduction.

The cell phone changed the world. It revolutionized how people communicate, freed them to get in touch with one another at any time, in any place without the constraints of the wired network. The cell phone led to the creation and growth of new industries. Yet the true story of its creation has not been told.

This book tells that story. It centers on a battle for control of how people communicate, involving government regulators, lobbyists, police, technology breakthroughs, failures, quartz, and a horse. At the center of that story was Martin Cooper, an engineer, entrepreneur, and futurist. The chapters in his life influenced the creation of the cell phone.

Industry skirmishes became a political war in Washington, a struggle to prevent a monopolistic company from dominating telecommunications. The drama culminated in the first-ever public call made on a handheld, portable telephone—a cell phone. Despite that, the cell phone we know today almost didn’t happen.

Without the vision of a small group at Motorola, the last forty years would be different. Their story is inspiring and instructive. After a twenty-nine-year career at Motorola, Cooper became an entrepreneur, helping launch companies dedicated to accelerating cell phone adoption.

The story of the cell phone has much to teach about innovation, strategy, and management. This book also relates Cooper’s vision of the future of personal communications. That story is far from finished. We have only achieved a small fraction of the cell phone’s potential impact.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Marty knows how wireless innovations have developed—and where they’re going.” George M. C. Fisher, former CEO of Motorola and Eastman Kodak
“Marty Cooper is the father of the cell phone, and our lives have been changed and saved because of this unshackling from our cords. How Marty got us there is an important and compelling story.” Gary Shapiro, chairman, Consumer Technology Association & CES
“Lessons on how to be innovative, managing innovation, failing at innovation, and inspiring others to be innovative; this book has it all because Marty Cooper has done it all!.” Marshall Goldsmith, New York Times bestselling author
“Marty Cooper is the father of the cell phone and our lives have been changed and saved because of this unshackling from our cords. How Marty got us there is an important and compelling story.” Vint Cerf, VP and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google
"Cutting the Cord recognizes that innovation has always been about both standing on others’ shoulders and collaboration. Throughout tech, we all stand on Marty’s shoulders just as he stood on Marconi’s.” Satya Nadella, CEO Microsoft

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Author

Author Bio: Martin Cooper

Author Bio: Martin Cooper

Martin Cooper is an engineer, inventor, and entrepreneur. He is known as the “father of the cell phone,” after creating the world’s first cell phone at Motorola—and making the first public call on it. Over nearly three decades at Motorola, Cooper contributed to the development of pagers, two-way radio dispatch systems, quartz crystal manufacture, and more. A serial entrepreneur, he and his wife, Arlene Harris, have cofounded numerous wireless technology companies.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Technology & Engineering
Runtime: 8.80
Audience: Adult
Language: English