Author: Brad Stone

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Silicon Valley in Book Reviews – Part II

February 11, 2019 Uncategorized 3

Alright, as promised, here are reviews of the rest of the many books I’ve been reading on Silicon Valley!

Silicon Valley in Book Reviews – Part IITitle: The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World
Author: Brad Stone
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: three-stars

This is the story of the beginning of several companies, but especially Uber and AirBnB. The coverage of their story felt reasonably balanced. The author doesn’t shy away from describing the negative impacts of these new companies or from showing conflicts where they look like the bad guys. However, we do get most of the story from the perspective of the founders of Uber and AirBnB. The author gives us their biographies starting in childhood. A lot of the story is told in their words. This made them feel like our protagonists and I think it makes readers more likely to be sympathetic to them. Regardless, it was a fun to get the history of these companies with some insider perspective. I particularly enjoyed hearing about their first encounters with the legal system. The way the companies and the laws have both evolved was fascinating. I just would have liked a little more depth.
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