To Pixar and Beyond by Lawrence Levi
Pixar is a fascinating company that has been covered previously in excellent books on its history and management, but this is the first book to focus on the business side of the equation. Levi was its CFO, handpicked by Steve Jobs to find a path to profitability and IPO after the 10-year-old company had consumed over $50m of Jobs’ personal money. They were wildly succeeded on all fronts, creative and business, but as Levi recounts it was a close call at the time.
To Pixar and Beyond is recommended book for anyone interested in Steve Jobs, the business side of entertainment companies, and the IPO process for Silicon Valley startups.