Although Silicon Valley financiers have inside knowledge on how things should run, their knowledge ideally should be kept open to all. Over ten years old now but the book still paints a picture of the go-go times in the late s when customer acquisition was the driving force and profits were ignored. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The author would bring up an interesting subject - a dot. Sep 22, Kelsey rated it really liked it. Apr 28, Tonydowler Dowler rated it liked it.
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Gates is ensconced in Redmond, Washington. Nov 18, 'stina rated it really liked it. That is, it seemed to be a snapshot of Silicon Valley between , and while that is partially interesting for the stories of Sabeer Bhatia, Jack Smith, and Ben Chiu it doesn't really speak to universals like masterpieces "Soul of a New Machine", "Cuckoo's Egg", and "Fire in the Valley". Whereas entrepreneurs have control of all aspects of their company, once they join the market they lose control to the whims of the market forces that may have nothing to do with the fundamentals that they have. View all copies of this ISBN edition:
Nudist on the Late Shift, by Po Bronson
There goes Tony Perkins, oops, you missed him, now he's behind that pillar. He has two glasses of water before he climbs under the bedspread and attempts to sleep. Bronson tracked down the rumored nudist none other than David Coons, inventor of one of the first film-to-digital scanners, and anointed him the ultimate symbol of how Valley workers inject their personal values into the job. It turned out to be wildly successful, boosting AOL users to the million mark inside one year. They try to live that story, but they keep popping out, keep finding themselves saying, "What the hell am I doing with my life? In , Gates, hitherto preoccupied by the MSN network and the launch of the insanely overhyped Windows 95, finally got it.
In a series of profiles, he probes their minds and hearts. What pound gorilla would even contemplate doing different? Microsoft did it with its programs Excel the spreadsheet , Word, File, and then with Office, the suite of software, including all the above, which now utterly dominates the PC industry. Meet the man with the biggest brain in the world. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger.