Chaos Monkeys

Chaos Monkeys

Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley

Book - 2016
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The industry provocateur behind such companies as Twitter and a nascent Facebook presents an irreverent exposé of life inside the tech bubble that traces his hedonist lifestyle against a backdrop of early social media and online marketing, sharing critical insights into how they are shaping today's world.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, ©2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062458193
Characteristics: xi, 515 pages ;,24 cm


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Dec 20, 2017

A great read and irreverent, entertaining view into the tech world that more and more impacts (or controls) our lives. I hope this author keeps writing - he is a keen observer and does an admirable job connecting dots and explaining for us lay users the underlying technology behind the familiar user interfaces (and his interleaving of relevant world history adds a fun dimension).

Sep 24, 2016

Found this book to be fraught with glib disingenuousness throughout, wasn't impressed by the Martinez's feeble attempt to contradict Taleb - - in fact he ends up proving his point, most inadvertently, of course!
On p. 492, author states that // In 2013, Goldman finally partnered with InterContinental Exchange {ICE}, a pioneering electronic exchange . . . \\
Curious, since Goldman Sachs is one of the owners of ICE [Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, BP, Total and Deutsche Bank] and have been quite active on ICE in a variety of trade categories, expecially in 2008 in pumping or speculating upwards the price of oil/energy, et cetera!
A wanting book, but some, completely devoid of business knowledge, might be interested . . . .
And speaking of intellectual poseurs, Mr. Martinez . . . .

Sep 08, 2016

interesting and sometimes amusing expose of start-ups and gigantic internet companies, particularly Twitter and Facebook. A personal and technical account of how Silicon Valley operates. Often eye opening as to the enormous amounts of money gained through internet advertising and the thousands of code writing young graduates who vie for a breakthrough "edge".

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