TO PIXAR AND BEYOND. My unlikely journey with Steve Jobs to make entertainment history

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I don't really read business books but I loved this Levy's story is a really well told personal narrative about bridging the gap between art and commerce and anyone who's seen a Pixar movie in the last twenty years will find something of value here Now if you'll excuse me I have some borderline miraculous movies to go re watch I don’t typically read business books but Lawrence Levy’s book “To Pixar and Beyond” isn’t a typical business book There’s a warm lovable fuzziness to it that is in my mind antithetical to the typical business ethos It's a jarring cognitive dissonance for me at leastIt may help to explain my hatred of the business world I believe that the MBAification of the world started about fifty years ago when colleges and universities across the country started downplaying humanities and started emphasizing pro capitalist pro big business agendas and curriculum The Arts were uickly being replaced with the Art of the DealSubseuently a business model began being applied to fields to which such models had previously never been applied nor should have been applied education health care church administration Arguably this has destroyed the very foundation of these fields and has created many problems than it has solvedIt has created an education system that is floundering miserably in this country as a strong anti public education campaign led by conservative politicians has led to entire school systems failing kids in droves while diverting federal funds from public schools to private and charter schools which have repeatedly been proven by study after study to be completely ineffectual andor detrimental to student learningIt has created a health care system run not by doctors and health care workers but by insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies; a system that only the wealthy or those willing and able to pay enormous premiums can afford to use while those with no insurance or limited insurance are literally dying because of their lack of accessIt has created megachurches who feed off the weak minded allowing some pastors to bring in incomes rivalling CEOs of small companies while cutting ministries and programs that have historically helped the community by offering food aid clothing and shelter to the homeless and the poor Business has created a country ruled by politicians ruled by money who worship at the feet of Mammon who care nothing for the people beneath themBusiness has created a society guided by greed where compassion and empathy are signs of weakness where helping the environment and saving people’s lives are not cost effective and where bullying is a legitimate tactic to get ahead in the workplace in classrooms in relationships in politicsBusiness enabled Trump to become our president elect So yeah I basically hate the business world and I pretty much have no respect for people with MBAs I truly believe that they are ruining the worldThen I read “To Pixar and Beyond” about a company owned by one of the most famous business assholes in the world Steve Jobs who calls in a gasp corporate lawyer to save this company which by all rights should have folded years ago and take it publicAnd I enjoyed it A business book A book chock full of ridiculous business terms like “stock options” and “IPOs” and “profit motive” A book in which the narrator is a stinkin’ corporate lawyerDamn you Levy for making me like you And making me kind of like Steve Jobs And for educating me on how start up companies work And for saving PixarNo seriously thanks a hella ton for that last point I love Pixar My wife and I own every single DisneyPixar movie ever made on VHS DVD and blu ray My three year old daughter has grown up loving the “Toy Story” movies and the “Cars” movies and “Finding Nemo” and “Finding Dory” and “Brave” and well all of themPixar is one of the only Hollywood studios doing anything even remotely original and uniue While Hollywood churns out seuel after seuel or remake after remake or some obscure comic book adaptation of a superhero nobody has ever heard of or a big budget epic film based on a video game Pixar actually makes movies in which story and character development actually matterWhich is why Levy’s story is so fascinating and well almost suspenseful because the little computer animation company that could was almost the little computer animation company that never wasLevy starts the book with the phone call in 1994 that changed his life literally Jobs had acuired Pixar in the late ‘80s from George Lucas’s Lucasfilm He had hoped to turn it into a revolutionary imaging computer and software company but it had gone nowhere When Levy was asked by Jobs to join the Pixar team as the chief financial officer he found a company on the brink of going under Any other CEO would have pulled the plug years before but Jobs saw something special in Pixar Over a short amount of time Levy did as wellPixar had everything riding on the success of their first full length computer animated motion picture “Toy Story” which was a few storyboards and about 20 minutes of a very early stages scene when Levy joinedJobs and Levy had extraordinary confidence and faith in the brilliance and creativity of the Pixar team led by John LasseterUnfortunately the company needed funding and the best way to do that was to go publicThere was also the issue of a convoluted contractual agreement worked out between Pixar and Disney’s then CEO Michael Eisner who was notorious for his lackluster and some would say disastrous mismanagement of Disney“To Pixar and Beyond” should not be a book that I found fascinating or endearing in any way but I did and I’m glad I read itIt gave me faith and hope that not all businesses are bad that not all business people are assholes and not all companies are evil soul sucking monstrosities bent on world domination andor destructionI still think the majority of them are though Just sayin’ In my eyes Pixar brought joy to the world through their ability to connect with the audience Moves such as “Toy Story” and “A Bug’s Life” were pillars of my childhood pulling me into a new world where anything is possible Lawrence Levy takes the same magic of Pixar and shows you the behind the scenes of its success His thrilling story captures Pixar’s lifecycle as it goes from a company on the brink of failure to arguably the best animation company in the world He writes of his experiences with Steve Jobs but not from the traditional lens that we have seen in the last few years Levy’s role at Pixar without giving anything away puts him in a position where he needs to find a balance between Steve’s desires and what he believes is best for the company and its employeesHe captures the transition of the company with the elegance of Pixar movies themselves It struck the perfect balance of business background and a captivating story One thing I highly respect about the book is its relatability for everyone I come from a business background and bonded with the twists of the IPO For those who don’t have a business knowledge base Levy crafted the story with breakdowns of some of the larger business topics Pixar has an amazing story the world needs to hear and Levy does just that Steve Jobs brings a uniue lens to the book but it really is the whole experience of his journey that makes the it great from the battle of the IPO to his transition into the world buddhist meditation at Juniper and “The Middle Way”Pixar captures the essence of storytelling for everyone to understand bond and connect with In the same Pixar fashion Levy has created something that will leave you with moments of pure joy frustration sorrow and excitement If you are on the edge of buying “To Pixar and Beyond” take the leap Buy it read it fall in love with the company and be prepared to watch “Toy Story” when you finish trust me you’ll thank me later I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book I am not typically interested in business or finance at all but the writing was high uality and the mix of story levels was just enough Not too much business stuff to bog down but enough that I could understand and follow along It was also a really nice mix of personal and big picture so that I felt like I was getting to know the people involved without being invasive or snooping My only complaint and it is a minor one is the last few chapters Part IV I completely understand why they were included and I don't have a complaint about the theoretical reason for doing so but mostly because of the drastic change in tone and seeming need to get through that section uickly for me the story ended with the sale of Pixar and I didn't really gain anything from following the author's journey after that point It may have been the why of writing the book but it was both not deep enough to be truly meaningful and too deep to appeal to the same audience as the rest of the book Part IV gets a poor rating as a result it just wasn't as developed as the rest of the book and felt disconnected Part I through III were on the other hand addictive and very much worth reading 4 stars for the first three parts; 2 stars for the last part I read a lot of business books and I often walk away from the book feeling like the business leader was kind of stupid You won't feel like that with this book He is the smartest person in the room but has a gift for explaining complex issues with clarity and understanding that many issues are complicated and not easily wrapped in tidy bows He is a good writer it's a great story and the only reason it doesn't get five stars is the end of the book where it gets too new age for me Don't let that stop you; its a great read This books reads like a detective story as Lawrence Levy races against time to discover what ails Pixar and how to make a viable company out of it Now I admit I am totally biased because I worked with Lawrence on the book but biased or not I'm not lying this is a thoughtful informative rewarding book But don't take my word for it; read what the New York Times had to say ``Mr Levy’s ability to remain calm and clear eyed in the face of singular personalities and business challenges translates into a crisp even elegant narrative When tackling complex or controversial topics he manages to illuminate the core concepts without oversimplification In Mr Levy’s hands the enigmatic and sometimes ruthless Mr Jobs emerges as a surprisingly sympathetic character even as the deep tensions with Pixar’s staff are explored'' Read the book thank me later Levy has a very uniue experience with Pixar so of course I wanted to read this But this is an extremely individualized account and mainly speaks of the finances and the business aspects of Pixar I am interested in the creativemovie creation aspect so this bored me a littleIf you want to read an all encompassing book about EVERYTHING Pixar I recommend The Pixar Touchthe making of a company I appreciate this man's experience but the book bored me 35 starsIf Ed Catmull's Creativity Inc was the heart story of Pixar this is the head story A fast paced nuts and bolts business story about how CFO Lawrence Levy signed on to a company struggling to find its way to infinity and beyondOh and there's some rather reasonable Steve Jobs in here I loved it Lawrence Levy was hired by Steve Jobs as CFO of Pixar when it was a bustling house with plenty of creative talent and not much of an idea how to make a viable business out of it The story is how that collection of creative geniuses was allowed to thrive and deliver some of the most iconic animation movies all the while Pixar evolved from a company in a deadlock to an unlikely IPO to being acuired by Disney for 7bnI loved the storytelling It's a business case study thriller drama Levy isn't stingy on personal details those are well placed and they do complement the story His recollections of brainstorms arguments with Steve Jobs were a dessert for me Levy managed to draw a likeable personality out of Jobs which was rather odd yet in a strange way satisfying for meFor a better perspective how Disney side approached the Pixar acuisition deal their problematics and aspirations you might also want to check out the book by Robert Iger CEO of Disney Ride of a lifetime Iger's perspective truly enriches this story