Such a great book on one of the greatest companies ever dreamed of. Levy does a great job of developing the founders and their many quirks.
I could be biased because I am truly fascinated by Google and it's early employees, now all household names. This book is well researched and well written and well read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The narrator's voice blends with the authors, perfectly. The POV is vaguely favorable, but that meshed with my own perception of this company and its founders. For the most part I found it unbiased and well-founded.
Such a wonderful glimpse into the early beginnings of tech stars of the silicon valley. They are all my favorite characters.
Not that sort of book.
A fan of science, technology, history, nonfiction, fantasy, and science fiction.
Pull up a ball. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this googly story about the quirky history of Google and the people behind its making. It's a fun story.
This book ranks among the top ranks.
The Innovators. Because they are both about computers, programming, and the key people who played a role in advancing the science.
No. It was real easy to follow and understand his reading.
For the most part. It was interesting, well written, and kept me listening for hours. I finished it in two days.
The innovation and moral compass of this company make it a favoured company to do business with.
There is some solid info about Googles history but much it book reads like a brochure extolling the virtues of Google for investors or new hires. They are the shinning example of all that is virtuous, brilliant and altruistic. Google is the Camelot of Silicon Valley and they all create rainbows and shit gold wherever the creators go. I really don't want to seem too cynical but this over the top non stop praise just reeks. The Jobs biography cut both ways and let us in on his virtues and flaws. My opinion of Levy has changed after hearing this book. I can't help but wonder how much bias goes into it.
Google is providing so much of our information infrastructure and I for one didn't know the detail of how it operates. This book tells the story clearly and identifies the ethical issues around disruptive innovation in search, advertising, regulation and more. Entertaining as well!
I loved the insider information and background obviously gained from the subjects themselves. I enjoyed the no holds barred attitude of crazy entrepreneurs. Naive and exciting at the same time.
more about how Google actually worked instead of so much about its advertising
For context, I am someone who started using the internet on a daily basis at work for research on a wide variety of topics since in became mainstream/popular in the mid-90s. Author does good job at chronicling several of the big search names from those early days, and that part was interesting. 'Otherwise, not sure what I was expecting to take away about Google, but the business politics, personalities involved, and business plan of making money from ads wasn't that interesting to me.
Jean the Bookie
This book contains lots of insight into the minds of the people inside Google. The reader doesn't need to know much computer jargon to enjoy this book.