These are the upstarts, idiosyncratic founders with limitless drive and an abundance of self-confidence. Led by such visionaries as travis kalanick of Uber and Brian Chesky of Airbnb, they are rewriting the rules of business and often sidestepping serious ethical and legal obstacles in the process. The upstarts is the definitive story of two new titans of business and a dawning age of tenacity, conflict and wealth.
The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World #ad - In brad stone's riveting account of the most radical companies of the new Silicon Valley, we discover how it all happened and what it took to change the world. One of amazon's best books of 2017 a look deep inside the new silicon valley, from the new york times bestselling author of The Everything Store Ten years ago, the idea of getting into a stranger's car, or a walking into a stranger's home, would have seemed bizarre and dangerous, but today it's as common as ordering a book online.
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of AmazonLittle, Brown and Company #ad - The everything store is the book that the business world can't stop talking about, the revealing, definitive biography of the company that placed one of the first and largest bets on the Internet and forever changed the way we shop and read. He wanted amazon to become the everything store, offering limitless selection and seductive convenience at disruptively low prices.
To do so, he developed a corporate culture of relentless ambition and secrecy that's never been cracked. The definitive story of Jeff Bezos and Amazon. Com -- "it's hard to imagine a better retelling of the Amazon origin story" New Republic. Until now. Brad stone enjoyed unprecedented access to current and former Amazon employees and Bezos family members, and his book is the first in-depth, fly-on-the-wall account of life at Amazon.
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon #ad - Amazon. Com's visionary founder, Jeff Bezos, wasn't content with being a bookseller. Named a best book of the year by the Washington Post, New Republic, Forbes, The Economist, Bloomberg, and Gizmodo.
The Airbnb Story: How Three Ordinary Guys Disrupted an Industry, Made Billions . . . and Created Plenty of ControversyMariner Books #ad - Fortune editor leigh gallagher presents the first nuanced, in-depth look at the Airbnb phenomenon — the successes and controversies alike — and takes us behind the scenes as the company’s young CEO steers into increasingly uncharted waters. A fast-paced, fun dive into one of the seminal firms of our time; through the tale of Airbnb, Leigh Gallagher shows us how the sharing economy can be a force for emotional connection — as well as for social and business disruption.
Rana foroohar, financial Times columnist and CNN global economic analyst . An engrossing story of audacious entrepreneurism and big-industry disruption, this is a tale for our times. Charles duhigg, notorious start-up this is the remarkable behind-the-scenes story of the creation and growth of Airbnb, disruptive, author of Smarter Faster BetterAn investigative look into a beloved, the online lodging platform that is now the largest provider of accommodations in the world.
The Airbnb Story: How Three Ordinary Guys Disrupted an Industry, Made Billions . . . and Created Plenty of Controversy #ad - At first just the wacky idea of cofounders Brian Chesky, and Nathan Blecharczyk, Joe Gebbia, Airbnb has become indispensable to millions of hosts and travelers around the world.
Wild Ride: Inside Uber's Quest for World DominationPortfolio #ad - Like other silicon valley icons such as Steve Jobs and Elon Musk, he’s always focused on the next disruptive innovation and the next world to conquer. Both uber and kalanick have acquired a reputation for being combative, relentless, and iron-fisted against competitors. Veteran journalist adam lashinsky, the bestselling author of Inside Apple, traces the origins of Kalanick’s massive ambitions in his humble roots, and he explores Uber’s murky beginnings and the wild ride of its rapid growth and expansion into different industries.
Lashinsky draws on exclusive, in-depth interviews with Kalanick and many other sources who share new details about Uber’s internal and external power struggles. Lashinsky even got behind the wheel as an Uber driver himself to learn what it’s really like. Uber has made headlines thanks to its eye-popping valuations and swift expansion around the world.
Wild Ride: Inside Uber's Quest for World Domination #ad - And even after taking uber from the germ of an idea to a $69 billion global transportation behemoth, he still describes his company as a start-up. They’ve even reshaped the deeply ingrained consumer behavior of not accepting a ride from a stranger—against the childhood warnings from everyone’s parents.
But this book is the first account of how Uber really became the giant it is today, and how it plans to conquer the future. Wild ride is the first truly inside look at Uber’s global empire. He also examines its doomed venture into China and the furtive fight between Kalanick and his competitors at Google, Tesla, Lyft, and GM over self-driving cars.
The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and GooglePortfolio #ad - And he reveals how you can apply the lessons of their ascent to your own business or career. How did the four infiltrate our lives so completely that they’re almost impossible to avoid or boycott? Why does the stock market forgive them for sins that would destroy other firms? And as they race to become the world’s first trillion-dollar company, can anyone challenge them? In the same irreverent style that has made him one of the world’s most celebrated business professors, Galloway deconstructs the strategies of the Four that lurk beneath their shiny veneers.
He shows how they manipulate the fundamental emotional needs that have driven us since our ancestors lived in caves, at a speed and scope others can’t match. New york times bestseller usa today bestselleramazon, apple, facebook, and Google are the four most influential companies on the planet. Just about everyone thinks they know how they got there.
The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google #ad - Whether you want to compete with them, do business with them, or simply live in the world they dominate, you need to understand the Four. Instead of buying the myths these companies broadcast, Galloway asks fundamental questions. Just about everyone is wrong. For all that’s been written about the Four over the last two decades, no one has captured their power and staggering success as insightfully as Scott Galloway.
Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma BuiltEcco #ad - He illuminates an unlikely corporate titan as never before, and examines the key role his company has played in transforming China while increasing its power and presence worldwide. He also explores the political and social context for these momentous changes. Duncan explores vital questions about the company’s past, and future: how, from such unremarkable origins, did jack ma build alibaba? what explains his relentless drive and his ability to outsmart his competitors? with over 80% of China’s e-commerce market, are there limits to Alibaba’s ambitions, or will the Chinese government act to curtail them? And as it set up shop from LA and San Francisco to Seattle, how long can the company hope to maintain its dominance? As the company sets its sights on the country’s financial and media markets, present, how will Alibaba grow its presence and investments in the US and other international markets?Clark tells Alibaba’s tale within the wider story of China’s economic explosion—the rise of the private sector and the expansion of Internet usage—that haver powered the country’s rise to become the world’s second largest economy and largest Internet population, twice the size of the United States.
Alibaba today runs the e-commerce services that hundreds of millions of Chinese consumers depend on every day, providing employment and income for tens of millions more. The company’s $25 billion ipo in 2014 was the world’s largest, valuing the company more than Facebook or Coca Cola. An expert insider with unrivaled connections, Clark has a deep understanding of Chinese business mindset.
Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built #ad - In just a decade and half jack ma, a man who rose from humble beginnings and started his career as an English teacher, founded and built Alibaba into the second largest Internet company in the world. A rockefeller of his age, jack has become an icon for the country’s booming private sector, and as the face of the new, consumerist China is courted by heads of state and CEOs from around the world.
How to Turn Down a Billion Dollars: The Snapchat StorySt. Martin's Press #ad - A fellow stanford undergrad and fraternity brother of the company’s founding trio, Gallagher has covered Snapchat from the start. After an epic feud between best friends, brown lost his stake in the company, linked to celebrities like Taylor Swift and his wife, while Spiegel has gone on to make a name for himself as a visionary—if ruthless—CEO worth billions, Miranda Kerr.
. In the grand tradition of Ben Mezrich's The Accidental Billionaires 2009. An engaging look into a fascinating subculture of millions. Booklist"Breezy. How to turn down a billion dollars ably if uncritically chronicles the short history of a young company catering to young users, intentionally or not, with a young chief executive, and reveals, the limitations that come with that combination.
How to Turn Down a Billion Dollars: The Snapchat Story #ad - Wall street journalthe improbable and exhilarating story of the rise of Snapchat from a frat boy fantasy to a multi-billion dollar internet unicorn that has dramatically changed the way we communicate. In 2013 evan spiegel, and his co-founder bobby murphy stunned the press when they walked away from a three-billion-dollar offer from Facebook: how could an app teenagers use to text dirty photos dream of a higher valuation? Was this hubris, or genius? In How to Turn Down a Billion Dollars, the brash CEO of the social network Snapchat, tech journalist Billy Gallagher takes us inside the rise of one of Silicon Valley's hottest start-ups.
Snapchat developed from a simple wish for disappearing pictures as Stanford junior Reggie Brown nursed regrets about photos he had sent. He brings unique access to a company Bloomberg Business called “a cipher in the Silicon Valley technology community.
Super Pumped: The Battle for UberW. W. Norton & Company #ad - New york times and wall street journal bestsellera new York Times technology correspondent presents the dramatic story of Uber, the Silicon Valley startup at the center of one of the great venture capital power struggles of our time. In june 2017, travis kalanick, the hard-charging CEO of Uber, was ousted in a boardroom coup that capped a brutal year for the transportation giant.
Backed by billions in venture capital dollars and led by a brash and ambitious founder, Uber promised to revolutionize the way we move people and goods through the world. Isaac recounts uber’s pitched battles with taxi unions and drivers, the company’s toxic internal culture, and the bare-knuckle tactics it devised to overcome obstacles in its quest for dominance.
With billions of dollars at stake, Isaac shows how venture capitalists asserted their power and seized control of the startup as it fought its way toward its fateful IPO. Based on hundreds of interviews with current and former uber employees, obscene wealth, along with previously unpublished documents, Super Pumped is a page-turning story of ambition and deception, and bad behavior that explores how blistering technological and financial innovation culminated in one of the most catastrophic twelve-month periods in American corporate history.
Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber #ad - Uber had catapulted to the top of the tech world, yet for many came to symbolize everything wrong with Silicon Valley. Award-winning new york times technology correspondent Mike Isaac’s Super Pumped presents the dramatic rise and fall of Uber, set against an era of rapid upheaval in Silicon Valley. A near instant “unicorn, ” uber seemed poised to take its place next to Amazon, Apple, and Google as a technology giant.
Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and BetrayalPortfolio #ad - In this rousing history that reads like a novel, jack dorsey, following the four hackers—Ev Williams, and Noah Glass, Biz Stone, Hatching Twitter takes readers behind the scenes of Twitter’s early exponential growth, who created the cultural juggernaut practically by accident. It’s a drama of betrayed friendships and high-stakes power struggles over money, influence, and control over a company that was growing faster than they could ever imagine.
But few people know that it nearly fell to pieces early on. Today it’s everything from a tool for fighting political oppression in the Middle East to a marketing must-have to the world’s living room during live TV events to President Trump’s preferred method of communication. The dramatic, unlikely story behind the founding of Twitter, by New York Times bestselling author and Vanity Fair special correspondent The San Francisco-based technology company Twitter has become a powerful force in less than ten years.
Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal #ad - Drawing on hundreds of sources, documents, Bilton offers a rarely-seen glimpse of the inner workings of technology startups, venture capital, and internal e-mails, and Silicon Valley culture. It has hundreds of millions of active users all over the world.
Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon ValleyHarper Paperbacks #ad - One of silicon valley’s most audacious chaos monkeys is Antonio García Martínez. After stints on wall street and as CEO of his own startup, García Martínez joined Facebook’s nascent advertising team. Forced out in the wake of an internal product war over the future of the company’s monetization strategy, García Martínez eventually landed at rival Twitter.
In chaos monkeys, this gleeful contrarian unravels the chaotic evolution of social media and online marketing and reveals how it is invading our lives and shaping our future. . Infrastructure engineers use a software version of this “chaos monkey” to test online services’ robustness—their ability to survive random failure and correct mistakes before they actually occur.
Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley #ad - Tech entrepreneurs are society’s chaos monkeys. Clearly there will be people who hate this book — which is probably one of the things that makes it such a great read. Andrew ross sorkin, new york TimesImagine a chimpanzee rampaging through a datacenter powering everything from Google to Facebook. The instant new york times bestseller, now available in paperback and featuring a new afterword from the author—the insider's guide to the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal, the inner workings of the tech world, and who really runs Silicon Valley “Incisive.
Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic FutureEcco #ad - In elon musk: tesla, and the quest for a fantastic future, SpaceX, veteran technology journalist Ashlee Vance provides the first inside look into the extraordinary life and times of Silicon Valley's most audacious entrepreneur. More than any other entrepreneur today, Musk has dedicated his energies and his own vast fortune to inventing a future that is as rich and far-reaching as the visionaries of the golden age of science-fiction fantasy.
Vance uses musk's story to explore one of the pressing questions of our time: can the nation of inventors and creators which led the modern world for a century still compete in an age of fierce global competition? He argues that Musk--one of the most unusual and striking figures in American business history--is a contemporary amalgam of legendary inventors and industrialists like Thomas Edison, Howard Hughes, Henry Ford, and Steve Jobs.
Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future #ad - Vance spent over 40 hours in conversation with musk and interviewed close to 300 people to tell the tumultuous stories of Musk's world-changing companies: PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX and SolarCity, and to characterize a man who has renewed American industry and sparked new levels of innovation while making plenty of enemies along the way.
Written with exclusive access to musk, his family and friends, the book traces the entrepreneur's journey from a rough upbringing in South Africa to the pinnacle of the global business world.