Book nerd for life!
I give this book a 3.5, rounded up to 4. It was longer than I expected (16+ hours) but a really good personal account about living the Google life. Employee #59, Doug, if that is his real name, came on pretty early in Google's history. Seems like the company culture was constantly the Marketers vs. the Engineers. When will they ever see eye to eye? Hearing about previous competitors and Google's humble beginnings while comparing where they are now (Gmail and tablets and Chromebooks oh my) was fun. Granted, Doug's perspective ends in 2005, and there were many times where I felt like he definitely was at the wrong company, it was a nice insider's view of the conglomerate we all love (or love to hate).
The book provides interesting insights into a company that is otherwise very secretive about it's inner ongoings. I would be interested in knowing the other side of some of the stories in the book, though. Especially of some of the quarrels between the author and Marissa Mayer.
I have already recommended this book to every entrepreneur that I know. Incredible 3rd person insight into the operation and startup of the most influential company on the 21st Century.
Inspired by his dedication to his family, his job, and how he was able to help the creators of Google fulfill their vision.
If you are an entrepreneur or starting up a company then this is a must read for you.
Yes. Not a fan of google before listening. I will say the book speaks volumes for the brand. It is a great story that is easy to identify with - for anyone who is highly rational. Also highly entertaining. Great humor. Even moments of laughter - out loud.
LAUGHTER AND INTRIGUE ALL IN ONE
Want more by same author. Love the unique style
Well written and comes across very genuine. No pretence. Great storytelling.
Band guy who always wants to be better at something.
This story of one of the original googlers moves along, and has several interesting turns.
This was my first audiobook and, unfortunately for subsequent books, sets a pretty high standard. The story is engaging, there's an inevitability to the outcome (no I don't mean Google getting big) but the story unwinds at a good pace. You don't really need to know anything about Google to enjoy this book - it possibly helps if you know very little.
Doug is obviously the main character but Marissa Mayer comes across in a very interesting light - no spoilers here but you do get a great insight into her personality
No, this is one to enjoy over a period of time.
Several times, Doug's writing cause a laugh to spurt from my mouth. You get a sense of the talents he brought to Google as he employs them in describing his experience as their first brand manager.
Halfway through the book I had to check who the narrator was - he was doing such a good job of inhabiting the text. And lo, it was Douglas himself! May you have more adventures to tell us about.
If you're looking for a thorough review of what went into the technical accomplishments, look into Plex.
This book is a great (audio)book after you've finished the biography of Steve Jobs. It gives the same kind of inside view of one of the most succesful tech companies.
I never thought Google was such a mess at times. After listening about how employees had to work such long days to install new servers in all the time and reading their mail at 2:00 AM, you'd almost get tired of listening about all those 4-hour nights of sleep.
This book certainly shows a different side of being in a booming startup like Google in the early 2000's.