This book is the best I have read on any company's history. Everything from the presentation to the content and the final interview seemed great to me.
Very interesting. Maybe somewhat biased look at the evolution of Google , it's people and products
Great history of Google. I particularly loved reading about their advertising strategy. Always the revolutionaries, cofounders Brin and Page consistently refused to follow a standard model when it came to their company. This approach changed the face of advertising (and other things) in ways of which I was not fully aware. Loved it.
What a great read. From learning about privacy concerns to understanding what it went into Google Maps, to gaining an understanding of what it was like for Google in China, this book really took the reader inside Google.
As much as I loved this book, I still love Hatching Twitter more. If you liked this book, you will love that book.
There are a lot of references to Digital Equipment Corporation. Everyone I know in the midwest and Houston area pronounced the company DEC (like Deck to side on, not D E C). Interesting to see the role Sheryl Sandburg (now of Facebook) had in Google maturing.
A nice study in the growth of one of the largest companies in the world that affects us all, even if you don't use a computer or a GPS.
Enough enthusiasm to keep it interesting, but not feeling phony. But, there are a lot of references to Digital Equipment Corporation. Everyone I know in the midwest and Houston area pronounced the company DEC (like Deck on a ship, rhymes with Tech, not D E C). It was really annoying. It may be a style standard, but common usage should prevail here.
We grew up and are taking over the world.
There are a lot of references to Digital Equipment Corporation. Everyone I know in the midwest and Houston area pronounced the company DEC (like Deck to side on, not D E C).
The book was very well narrated and written. Maybe a bit boring sometimes, but the author has successfully gathered all the details necessary to tell the story of Google. This is a must read for anyone who wants to truly understand Google. Their struggle and why they do what they do is so interesting.
The story of Google is well laid out if not a little disjointed due to the number of events all happening in such a short period of time. If you enjoy stories where black and white can change to shades of gray then you will enjoy the insights into Google's story of rise and turmoil as they attempt to live out their ideals in the high stakes industry of high tech.
If you are interested in learning more about Google - read this book!
Yes, because lots have happened since 2010 and I am very interested in all that has happened since and where Google is now!
The book kept me interested enough to keep going. I learned stuff I never knew which was good. Good to know more about Google.
I thought the author did a great job of covering most if not all of Google's projects. It was interesting hearing some of the more intimate details about the inner workings of Google.
I'd say any of the audio books about the big players in Silicon Valley are similar to this book.
I havent listened to any of his other performances. His voice didn't annoy me though, and it paired well with the content of the audio book.
Google: We're not a cult.
I think the author went a bit too easy on Google and always took them at face value when they said they operated in the interest of their users instead of on corporate profits. A good example of this is the whole China debacle. In my experience you don't become a global powerhouse by playing nice with everyone. I'm sure Google has some skeletons in their closet just like everyone else.
Overall this book captured what Google had been up to until 2010 (which at the rate of growing technology means is somewhat outdated). It was told in an interesting way as both an insider and outsider. No doubt Google had some influence on what the finished product looked like, but that does not mean that everyone comes out looking like angels. If you are looking for both a historical and somewhat modern understanding of Google, this is a solid read.