Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has spent much of his professional life with the company, rising through the ranks to hold the top position at Redmond. It was a journey that took Nadella from India to the hot seat at Microsoft in the United States, and now he is putting it down on paper in his first book. Title “Hit Refresh,” the publication will be launched in 2017 through Harper Business.
Satya Nadella says the book is neither a memoir nor a business “how-to” but will instead discuss his life before and with Microsoft. The focus will be on transformation and how he moved from being a publically educated Indian child to become the CEO of one of the world's largest businesses. Hit Refresh will also discuss Nadella's strategy for transforming Microsoft into the cloud first company it is today.
The CEO has said all proceeds from the book will go to Microsoft Philanthropies, a charitable division of the company that drives for technological growth for people who may not have access. Harper Business points out that the money will be used for “working on public cloud for public good projects” and all output will go to nonprofits.
Here's the full description from Harper:
“Hit Refresh follows three storylines: Nadella's personal journey of transformation, the change that is taking place today inside his storied technology company, and one that is coming in all of our lives as intelligent machines become more ambient and more ubiquitous throughout society. Nadella explores how people, organizations, and societies can and must transform — hit refresh — in their persistent quest for new energy, new ideas, relevance and renewal. Nadella writes that uniquely human qualities like empathy will become more valuable in a world where the torrent of technology will disrupt like never before.”
Interestingly, while Nadella says the book is not a self-help guide for businesses, he is aiming it at a very specific target readership. He says Hit Refresh is being written for “Microsoft team members, customers, and partners.”
Nadella has been getting some practice putting pen to paper in recent days, writing an op-ed piece for Slate. In that release the CEO discussed his Six Principles for a good human-A.I. partnership, and says we are moving to a scenario where humans and AI work together in a more profound way.