No one can argue either the phenomenal success of Google, or the fact that it's a little weird. This book gets you behind the scenes to explain how Google became so important to our lives, and to expose a little dirty laundry. Great read!
Like mainly mystery and suspense with a bit of chick lit and non-fiction thrown in. Severe addiction going on 10 years to Audiobooks.
This was a great insider's look into Google. Everyone pretty much knows about Google and its founders, but this really steps you through the company's evolution. There were times I laughed out loud, and times I shook my head in disbelief at some of the stories. It went at a great pace and I didn't want it to end.
I was extremely enamored with this book. It was amazing how google came to be and the path they took to grow as successful as they did. The wins, losses, and overall decisions that shaped google make this a great read and and quite frankly, a book I never expected to really enjoy.
This audible book was a very interesting perspective and brief history of time that I found fascinating. It was enlightening to hear about the start and growth of a company that helped build how many of us operate on a daily basis. I've encouraged friends, colleagues and family to listen to this. The one aspect that was unexpected is the Marissa Mayer interview at the end without a prologue on the potential impact of her departure to a company that could emerge, potentially, as a competitor.
At 19 hours, there is so much content. I did start listening to it again as soon as I finished and found different sections leapt out at me.
Explains Google's aversion to customer service. If it can't be automated and scaled, forget it.
Precisely what I wanted to read (in fact listen) about the history of Google. It's excellently researched and the narration was perfect.
Glad I read this book, but it took discipline to complete. I came away impressed and suspicious of google. Not the page turner like the Steve Jobs biography which had a real human character. With this google book, the characters are search, censorship, email, advertising, acquisitions, and googlyness. Reflects on how Google struggles with being a suddenly big company that strives to retain start-up mentality.
student, and thats that
This was a fantastic read; recommended for all. One time around is all i need.
I had no idea. Yes I thought I understood google since I've been in software design for 20 years. Then I listened to this. Now I get it. Googly is IMPORTANT. People are IMPORTANT. It's all about the engineering.
Total behind the scenes breakdown of Google and how they became the behemoth they are.
First section is about algorithms. If you are a coder its fascinating. Others may find it tedious but get past it. It's needed to 'get' Google. The rest of the book more than makes up for it.
Technologist, proponent of Automation, believer in the human spirit and power of collaboration
Long detailed insightful
How Google was affected by the China problem
Made me stay awake and listen more.
Love this book. lots to listen too and insightful. I learnt a lot - thats what I expect from a book. The narration was excellent.