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Chaos Monkeys Revised Edition: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley

Chaos Monkeys Revised Edition: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley


Chaos Monkeys Revised Edition: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley

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4/5 (31 ratings)
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16 hours
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Released:
Jul 24, 2018
ISBN:
9780062884503
Format:
Audiobook

Description

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

Imagine a chimpanzee rampaging through a datacenter powering everything from Google to Facebook. 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. Tech entrepreneurs are society's chaos monkeys. 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.

Publisher:
Released:
Jul 24, 2018
ISBN:
9780062884503
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Antonio García Martínez has been an advisor to Twitter, a product manager for Facebook, the CEO/founder of AdGrok (a venture-backed startup acquired by Twitter), and a strategist for Goldman Sachs. He is an Ideas Contributor for WIRED and lives on a forty-foot sailboat on the San Francisco Bay.


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  • (3/5)
    A book about some interesting career choices. Martinez started off at Goldman Sachs on the East Coast. He moved West and worked in Silicon Valley. Most of the drama in his book centered around his efforts with two other men to start up a software business. He offered some interesting anecdotes about various venture capitalists and investors including Chris Sacca. it was a long book – – I skipped around sections that did not interest me. Martinez's personal life was a bit interesting – – he had two children with a woman nicknamed BritishTrader. He also offered some interesting insights into his stint at Facebook – – especially as it relates to its culture.

    I've read a couple books on working in Silicon Valley. My personality and energies would never fit in with a Silicon Valley business--- sounds like working within a slave camp. I also would never have had the balls to try to start a business and beg for money. I give Martinez a lot of credit for how he pulled off starting his company.

    I agree with some reviewers who thought the book could have been shorter and more condensed. Like I said, I skipped a lot of the book.
  • (5/5)
    OMG so good and so balanced. Highly recommend if you’re an entrepreneur or at all curious about advertising. If privacy is your thing when you think of social media then please read to the end.
  • (5/5)
    Awesome book and storytelling! A good starter for aspiring startups.
  • (4/5)
    I found the book engaging and entertaining. The author really explores various aspects of the silicon Valley. I don't know how accurate his narrative is but it's definitely entertaining. I also enjoyed the different background histories that are mentioned about big tech companies. The explanations of the various startup company activities like funding, acquisition, compensation among others are very informative.
    I recommend this for anyone that wants to get an overview of mechanics of silicon Valley.
  • (4/5)

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    some books make you think, others make you laugh, this does neither but still gets a pass

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  • (5/5)

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    A well-written book by a player, not just an observer. It is a real-world equivalent of the TV comedic mockumentary, "Silicon Valley" . There are a few tinges of self-aggrandisement, but this does not detract from a compelling and timely story well told.

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