Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

Phil Knight


during this candid and riveting memoir, for the 1st time ever, Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight stocks the interior tale of the company’s early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of many world’s such a lot iconic, game-changing, and ecocnomic brands.

Young, looking out, clean into chapter 11 college, Phil Knight borrowed fifty funds from his father and introduced a firm with one easy undertaking: import high quality, inexpensive trainers from Japan. promoting the sneakers from the trunk of his Plymouth Valiant, Knight grossed 8 thousand money that first 12 months, 1963. this present day, Nike’s annual revenues most sensible $30 billion. during this age of start-ups, Knight’s Nike is the most efficient, and its swoosh is greater than an emblem. an emblem of grace and greatness, it’s one of many few icons immediately famous in each nook of the world.

But Knight, the guy in the back of the swoosh, has constantly been a secret. Now, in a memoir that’s miraculous, humble, unfiltered, humorous, and fantastically crafted, he tells his tale finally. all of it starts with a vintage crossroads second. Twenty-four years outdated, backpacking via Asia and Europe and Africa, wrestling with life’s nice Questions, Knight comes to a decision the radical direction is the single one for him. instead of paintings for a tremendous company, he'll create whatever all his personal, whatever new, dynamic, varied. Knight info the numerous terrifying dangers he encountered alongside the best way, the crushing setbacks, the ruthless rivals, the numerous doubters and haters and opposed bankers—as good as his many exciting triumphs and slim escapes. in particular, he remembers the foundational relationships that shaped the center and soul of Nike, along with his former tune trainer, the irascible and charismatic invoice Bowerman, and together with his first staff, a ragtag crew of misfits and savants who quick turned a band of swoosh-crazed brothers.

Together, harnessing the electrifying energy of a daring imaginative and prescient and a shared trust within the redemptive, transformative energy of activities, they created a model, and a tradition, that modified every thing.

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