Valley of the Gods

Author: Alexandra Wolfe
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781476778969
Release Date: 2017-01-10
Genre: Business & Economics

Reporter Alexandra Wolfe’s biting but admiring story of Silicon Valley, and the men and women whose hubris and ambition are changing the world. Each year, young people from around the world go to Silicon Valley to hatch an idea, start a company, strike it rich, and become powerful and famous. In “a jauntily paced anthropological look at Northern California’s techtopia” (Bloomberg Businessweek), reporter and columnist for The Wall Street Journal Alexandra Wolfe follows three of these upstarts who have “stopped out” of college and real life in the hopes of becoming the next Mark Zuckerberg or Elon Musk. Meet the billionaires who go to training clubs for thirty-minute “body slams” designed to fit in with the start-up schedule; attend parties where people devour peanut butter-and-jelly sushi rolls; and date and seduce in a romantic culture in which thick glasses, baggy jeans, and a t-shirt is the costume of any sex symbol (and where a jacket and tie symbolize mediocrity). Through Wolfe’s eyes, we discover how they date and marry, how they dress and live, how they plot and dream, and how they have created a business world and an economic order that has made us all devotees of them. In her blistering and hysterical examination of this new ruling class, Wolfe “offers a revealing peek inside the privilege, power, and profligacy of Silicon Valley” (Town & Country). Valley of the Gods “captures the absurdity of this brave new world, pierces the hype, but also conveys the dreams and the passions that can shape a world’s economy” (USA TODAY).

Valley of the Gods

Author: Alexandra Wolfe
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781476778945
Release Date: 2017-01-10
Genre: Business & Economics

"A Wall Street Journal columnist for "Weekend Confidential" explores the hubris and ambition of Silicon Valley innovators who are changing the world, tracing the stories of three upstarts who left promising college educations in favor of developing billion-dollar ideas"--NoveList.

Finding God in Silicon Valley Spiritual Journeys in a High Tech World

Author: Vincent G. Vaccarello
ISBN: 0996371990
Release Date: 2015-09-02
Genre: Business & Economics

Finding God in Silicon Valley tells how God is working in the lives of people in Silicon Valley--venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, leaders of major companies, innovators in non-profit start-ups, scientists, and technologists. You will be inspired and challenged as you read the very personal stories of their journeys.The book provides lessons for anyone who has struggled with faith issues. You will read how these leaders got beyond the trappings of financial and business success to find God. How they overcame personal struggle and even tragedy to come to know Christ. How they reconciled faith and reason and the compatibility of faith and science. And how they discovered meaning, purpose, and a calling for their lives.

The Kingdom of Happiness

Author: Aimee Groth
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781501129902
Release Date: 2017-02-21
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

"An inside look at the CEO of Zappos, Tony Hsieh, one of the most enigmatic and successful entrepreneurs of our time, and his quest to create his own version of utopia in the center of Las Vegas"--

Valley of Genius

Author: Adam Fisher
Publisher: Twelve
ISBN: 9781455559015
Release Date: 2018-07-10
Genre: Business & Economics

"This is the most important book on Silicon Valley I've read in two decades. It will take us all back to our roots in the counterculture, and will remind us of the true nature of the innovation process, before we tried to tame it with slogans and buzzwords." -- Po Bronson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Nudist on the Late Shift and Nurtureshock A candid, colorful, and comprehensive oral history that reveals the secrets of Silicon Valley -- from the origins of Apple and Atari to the present day clashes of Google and Facebook, and all the start-ups and disruptions that happened along the way. Rarely has one economy asserted itself as swiftly--and as aggressively--as the entity we now know as Silicon Valley. Built with a seemingly permanent culture of reinvention, Silicon Valley does not fight change; it embraces it, and now powers the American economy and global innovation. So how did this omnipotent and ever-morphing place come to be? It was not by planning. It was, like many an empire before it, part luck, part timing, and part ambition. And part pure, unbridled genius... Drawing on over two hundred in-depth interviews, VALLEY OF GENIUS takes readers from the dawn of the personal computer and the internet, through the heyday of the web, up to the very moment when our current technological reality was invented. It interweaves accounts of invention and betrayal, overnight success and underground exploits, to tell the story of Silicon Valley like it has never been told before. Read it to discover the stories that Valley insiders tell each other: the tall tales that are all, improbably, true.


Author: Emily Chang
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780735213548
Release Date: 2018-02-06
Genre: Business & Economics

Instant National Bestseller "Excellent." --San Francisco Chronicle "Brotopia is more than a business book. Silicon Valley holds extraordinary power over our present lives as well as whatever utopia (or nightmare) might come next." --New York Times Silicon Valley is a modern utopia where anyone can change the world. Unless you're a woman. For women in tech, Silicon Valley is not a fantasyland of unicorns, virtual reality rainbows, and 3D-printed lollipops, where millions of dollars grow on trees. It's a "Brotopia," where men hold all the cards and make all the rules. Vastly outnumbered, women face toxic workplaces rife with discrimination and sexual harassment, where investors take meetings in hot tubs and network at sex parties. In this powerful exposé, Bloomberg TV journalist Emily Chang reveals how Silicon Valley got so sexist despite its utopian ideals, why bro culture endures despite decades of companies claiming the moral high ground (Don't Be Evil! Connect the World!)--and how women are finally starting to speak out and fight back. Drawing on her deep network of Silicon Valley insiders, Chang opens the boardroom doors of male-dominated venture capital firms like Kleiner Perkins, the subject of Ellen Pao's high-profile gender discrimination lawsuit, and Sequoia, where a partner once famously said they "won't lower their standards" just to hire women. Interviews with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, and former Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer--who got their start at Google, where just one in five engineers is a woman--reveal just how hard it is to crack the Silicon Ceiling. And Chang shows how women such as former Uber engineer Susan Fowler, entrepreneur Niniane Wang, and game developer Brianna Wu, have risked their careers and sometimes their lives to pave a way for other women. Silicon Valley's aggressive, misogynistic, work-at-all costs culture has shut women out of the greatest wealth creation in the history of the world. It's time to break up the boys' club. Emily Chang shows us how to fix this toxic culture--to bring down Brotopia, once and for all.

The New New Thing A Silicon Valley Story

Author: Michael Lewis
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393066215
Release Date: 1999-10-17
Genre: Business & Economics

New York Times Bestseller. “A superb book. . . . [Lewis] makes Silicon Valley as thrilling and intelligible as he made Wall Street in his best-selling Liar’s Poker.”—Time In the weird glow of the dying millennium, Michael Lewis set out on a safari through Silicon Valley to find the world’s most important technology entrepreneur. He found this in Jim Clark, a man whose achievements include the founding of three separate billion-dollar companies. Lewis also found much more, and the result—the best-selling book The New New Thing—is an ingeniously conceived history of the Internet revolution.

Secrets of Silicon Valley

Author: Deborah Perry Piscione
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 9781137324214
Release Date: 2013-04-02
Genre: Business & Economics

While the global economy languishes, one place just keeps growing despite failing banks, uncertain markets, and high unemployment: Silicon Valley. In the last two years, more than 100 incubators have popped up there, and the number of angel investors has skyrocketed. Today, 40 percent of all venture capital investments in the United States come from Silicon Valley firms, compared to 10 percent from New York. In Secrets of Silicon Valley, entrepreneur and media commentator Deborah Perry Piscione takes us inside this vibrant ecosystem where meritocracy rules the day. She explores Silicon Valley's exceptionally risk-tolerant culture, and why it thrives despite the many laws that make California one of the worst states in the union for business. Drawing on interviews with investors, entrepreneurs, and community leaders, as well as a host of case studies from Google to Paypal, Piscione argues that Silicon Valley's unique culture is the best hope for the future of American prosperity and the global business community and offers lessons from the Valley to inspire reform in other communities and industries, from Washington, DC to Wall Street.

Accidental Empires

Author: Robert X. Cringely
Publisher: Harper Collins
ISBN: 9780887308550
Release Date: 1996-09-13
Genre: Business & Economics

Computer manufacturing is--after cars, energy production and illegal drugs--the largest industry in the world, and it's one of the last great success stories in American business. Accidental Empires is the trenchant, vastly readable history of that industry, focusing as much on the astoundingly odd personalities at its core--Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mitch Kapor, etc. and the hacker culture they spawned as it does on the remarkable technology they created. Cringely reveals the manias and foibles of these men (they are always men) with deadpan hilarity and cogently demonstrates how their neuroses have shaped the computer business. But Cringely gives us much more than high-tech voyeurism and insider gossip. From the birth of the transistor to the mid-life crisis of the computer industry, he spins a sweeping, uniquely American saga of creativity and ego that is at once uproarious, shocking and inspiring.

God S Glorious Story

Author: Colin Eakin
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 9781524534813
Release Date: 2016-12-30
Genre: Religion

God has written a story. Ponder that thought for a moment. That is a startling statement. The God of the universe, the only one true God, has written a story, a comprehensive narrative of what has been, what is, and what will be. And not only has God written a story, but he wrote it to be read and understood by the highest form of his creation, his magnum opus--humans. He wrote his story so that every person he has made, every person on whom he has stamped His image, might comprehend and embrace it. That means he wrote his story with you in mind. If you ever wished for a single work whose design is to bring you up to speed in your understanding of Scripture...this is the book. John MacArthur, Pastor, Grace Community Church and Grace to You "...a rich resource providing the Christian with a thorough knowledge of the narrative of Scripture...I highly commend this book. Stephen J. Lawson, President, OnePassion Ministries this book...begins with a study of the Bible, then takes us through its key events: Creation, Fall, Israel, Christ, Church and Glory...with good depth that will assist anyone, from a young believer to the oldest pastor. I heartily recommend it to everyone. Dr. Tom Halstead, Dean, School of Biblical Studies, The Masters University

Gods of the Valley

Author: Matt Ward
ISBN: 1980526419
Release Date: 2018-03-17

I Bet Bezos Doesn't Want You to Read This... In this eye-opening book, accomplished entrepreneur, angel investor and thought leader Matt Ward tears the tech companies a new one, dissecting the super corporations of Silicon Valley to reveal the winners and losers and where the industry is headed.Today's tech monopolies are unlike anything the world has ever seen. With hundreds of billions in revenue, user bases in the billions and aggressive CEOs willing to make big bets to remain in power (and kill startups), we are entering a new era of innovation.Yet while Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple control and ever increasing pieces of the economic pie, the world is not standing still. Each of these empires is facing existential threats in the coming years.Who wins? Who loses? Where is the world headed?Gods of the Valley down the businesses and big problems with GAFA, examining upcoming market trends and potential disruptions which impact today's tech giants and rating the businesses accordingly. Up Close and Personal with GAFA - Who should Apple acquire? - Does voice computing kill Google's search business? - Is Facebook the future of finance? - Will Amazon kill the economy...?These are the kinds of questions investors, economists and entrepreneurs ponder. Here is the best researched book to date on the future, what it holds, where opportunities lie and which companies will win it all.From cryptocurrency to ecommerce, ridesharing, venture capital and voice computing to social media and streaming video, let's look at how the Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple build infinitely more defensible business models even Trump can't touch.Spoiler alert: The bigger they are, the harder they fall - and one of these four is headed for a crash, you will never guess who.This book is either: an early post-mortem or the perfect product roadmap for Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple (and any startups looking to attack them), only time will tell.LIMITED TIME OFFER: For a limited time, this book comes with 12 BONUS pieces as supplemental reading on related topics referenced in the book. These include: - Uber is Going to 0, and Benchmark Knows It! - Google vs Uber -- The Battle for the Autonomous OS - The Broken Business of Ecommerce and Why Your Startup Won't Be The Next Casper - Game Over, Groceries: Inside Amazon's Acquisition of Whole Foods - Don't Mine for Gold When You Can Sell Shovels - Consumer Hardware's a Horrible Business Model, So Apple Slows Down Your iPhone - Facebook's Mantra: "Join us or we will copy you" - How to Start a Series A Fundable SaaS Business Part 1. Acquiring customers Part 2. Retaining Customers - The Amazon Apocalypse is Killing Ecommerce - Network Effects, Unstoppable Monopolies and The End of Innovation - The 5 Types of Networks Effects and How to Hack Them - The Cult-Like Religion of ICOsPlus 3 FREE Expert Roundtables: The Future of Consumer Tech and Humanity Roundtable with Tim O'Reilly, James Allworth, Ben Gilbert and Jeff Morris Jr. AI, Autonomous Vehicles and Future of Cities with Dennis Mortensen, Prateek Joshi, Zach Coelius and Clara Brenner The Future of Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Technology Roundtable with Gil Penchina, Joey Krug, Andy Bromberg and Lou Kerner Satifaction Guaranteed or your money back, no questions asked - just a prompt and courteous refund!

Valley of Silence

Author: Nora Roberts
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780425280225
Release Date: 2016
Genre: Fiction

#1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts presents the electrifying conclusion to her powerful Circle Trilogy. Worlds have collided and centuries have elapsed as six people have brought their unique powers, their courage, and their hearts to a battle that could drown humanity in darkness... Her face, so pale when she'd removed her cloak, had bloomed when her hand had taken the sword. Her eyes, so heavy, so somber, had gone as brilliant as the blade. And had simply sliced through him, keen as a sword, when they'd met his... In the kingdom of Geall, the scholarly Moira has taken up the sword of her people. Now, as queen, she must prepare her subjects for the greatest battle they will ever fight--against an enemy more vicious than any they have seen. For Lilith, the most powerful vampire in the world, has followed the circle of six through time to Geall. Moira also has a personal score to settle. Vampires killed her mother--and now, she is ready to exact her revenge. But there is one vampire to whom she would trust her soul... Cian was changed by Lilith centuries ago. But now, he stands with the circle. Without hesitation, he will kill others of his kind--and has earned the respect of sorcerer, witch, warrior, and shape-shifter. But he wants more than respect from Moira--even though his desire for her makes him vulnerable. For how can a man with an eternity to live love a woman whose life is sure to end--if not by Lilith's hand, then by the curse of time? Don't miss the other books in the Circle Trilogy Morrigan's Cross Dance of the Gods


Author: Leslie Berlin
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781451651522
Release Date: 2017-11-07
Genre: History

The richly told narrative of the Silicon Valley generation that launched five major high-tech industries in seven years, laying the foundation for today’s technology-driven world. At a time when the five most valuable companies on the planet are high-tech firms and nearly half of Americans say they cannot live without their cell phones, Troublemakers reveals the untold story of how we got here. This is the gripping tale of seven exceptional men and women, pioneers of Silicon Valley in the 1970s and early 1980s. Together, they worked across generations, industries, and companies to bring technology from Pentagon offices and university laboratories to the rest of us. In doing so, they changed the world. In Troublemakers, historian Leslie Berlin introduces the people and stories behind the birth of the Internet and the microprocessor, as well as Apple, Atari, Genentech, Xerox PARC, ROLM, ASK, and the iconic venture capital firms Sequoia Capital and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. In the space of only seven years and thirty-five miles, five major industries—personal computing, video games, biotechnology, modern venture capital, and advanced semiconductor logic—were born. During these same years, the first ARPANET transmission came into a Stanford lab, the university began licensing faculty innovations to businesses, and the Silicon Valley tech community began mobilizing to develop the lobbying clout and influence that have become critical components of modern American politics. In other words, these were the years when one of the most powerful pillars of our modern innovation and political systems was first erected. Featured among well-known Silicon Valley innovators like Steve Jobs, Regis McKenna, Larry Ellison, and Don Valentine are Mike Markkula, the underappreciated chairman of Apple who owned one-third of the company; Bob Taylor, who kick-started the Arpanet and masterminded the personal computer; software entrepreneur Sandra Kurtzig, the first woman to take a technology company public; Bob Swanson, the cofounder of Genentech; Al Alcorn, the Atari engineer behind the first wildly successful video game; Fawn Alvarez, who rose from an assembler on a factory line to the executive suite; and Niels Reimers, the Stanford administrator who changed how university innovations reach the public. Together, these troublemakers rewrote the rules and invented the future.

After on

Author: Rob Reid
ISBN: 1524798053
Release Date:


Author: Erik Malinowski
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781501158193
Release Date: 2017-10-03
Genre: Sports & Recreation

Moneyball meets The City Game in this compelling look at how the NBA champion Golden State Warriors embraced savvy business practices, next-gen science, and the corporate culture of Silicon Valley to not only produce one of the greatest basketball teams in history but also revolutionize the NBA. Discover the definitive, inside account of how the Warriors, under the leadership of venture capitalist Joe Lacob and Hollywood producer Peter Guber, quickly became one of the most remarkable success stories ever, both in sports and business. In just five years, they turned a declining franchise with no immediate hope into one of the greatest teams in basketball, a period that included the rise of All-Star point guard Stephen Curry and two NBA championships in the past three years. By operating in "beta"—always innovating, unafraid to embrace change, encouraging risk—the Warriors have become a model organization for American professional sports, instituting the best workplace principles found inside the world's most successful corporations and instilling a top-down organizational ethos that allows their employees to thrive, from the front office to the free-throw line. With in-depth access and meticulous reporting on and off the court, acclaimed journalist Erik Malinowski recounts a gripping tale of worlds colliding, a team's reinvention, ordinary people being pushed to extraordinary heights, and the Golden State Warriors' unending quest to remain the best.