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.
I enjoyed the history and story of google, along with a candid and sometime cheeky way summing up the events of google's history
The Narrator and writer of the book is a saint, a genius, and possible responsible for all of Google's success, even thought set admits being pretty clueless and the company has no use or job for him in the end. Every good idea he was on board for and "pushed" forward and every bad idea that happen he knew it was bad and tried to stop to even though he had no impact on the out come. He wrote the copy on the website. By his account the only decision he really made and felt strongly about was not putting an American flag on Google after 9/11, too tasteless? The history is pretty in-depth due to interviews and accounts of the people he worked with and some of his own. Douglas Edwards seems like a polite nice guy but when he writes from his accounts it reads like a job resume and seems like he trying really hard to sound important and make the reader like him or maybe he was always right everyone else was wrong and he never made a bad decision at Google I'm not sure. Either way a nice read if you want to learn more about Google
Plenty of detail regarding the the day-to-day operations at Google.
It covered the the internal corporate tension that is not typically revealed to the public.
He was there from the start; he was authentically Google-ly, and humble enough all the same -- could pick this up in his narration.
"A talented, non-Engineer at Google claws and scrapes, in an effort to be noticed and respected among a sea of top-tier CS Majors." --- OK, obviously I won't be making a career writing tag lines...
A bit better than "In the Plex".
For anyone who lives in the geographical area of Silicon Valley but hasn't ever worked at a start up this is a must read. Fascinating to read how it all unfolded. Simply fun to hear local places being mentioned.