I think Google is an interesting company. This was a good look into the company by an early employee.
I enjoyed this book and loved all the inside tidbits about engineer behavior (seeing the world in black and white, having to fix something to make it better even if it's not broken, etc.)
I liked Douglas' emphasis on certain words and sentences, and hearing it straight from him made it even better.
I have always loved Google and enjoy using its services even more now that I feel like I've been behind the scenes at such a crazy, fun company.
A quarter of the way into the book, I lost interest. I usually like to learn about company growth, success stories, employee experiences, etc., but this one dragged on with too much detail.
Douglas Edwards neither puffs himself up, or puts himself down through this book, and he neither sucks up to Larry and Sergey or demeans them, he just puts it out there humourously and seemingly truthfully about what happened. The beginning when he first started at Google seemed to take forever and it was all about him and his experience but later on it gets into the nitty gritty elements about how Google made certain decisions which is very interesting. I like and admire Larry and Sergey more now and can empathise with them, they would certainly be square pegs in round holes if they had to work for anyone, whereas Douglas quite happily admits that he could not be the entrepreneurs that they are. Douglas is witty, clever, a great narrator and is a very good writer. It's quite a long audio book and I listen to about an hour a day as I walk the dog so it feels like I've been absorbed by Google for weeks now, but it has been worth it. Bring on more like this one! It deserves to do very well.
Edwards writes from his experience in the early days at Google. He catches the spirit of the startup very nicely. Those who enjoyed Tracy Kidder's "Soul of a New Machine" or Michael Lewis's "Liars Poker" will enjoy this book.
Great book. Really enjoyable story, terrific insight, well read. I will judge future ratings against this benchmark.
I first listened to 'In the Plex' by Steven Levy which provides keen insight into how Google thinks and the brilliance behind the company. In this book, Douglas Edwards brings the company and the people to life with a story of his own journey in a way that is witty, engaging, and real. If you have any interest in knowing the Google story from an insiders view, this is the book to read. It felt like I had worked alongside Douglas as he contributed is talents to making the company what it is from a branding and marketing perspective. This is one of my favorite books.
An amazing insight about Google from its early stages. But somehow after reading "The Steve Jobs Way", I didn't find this as entertaining. Maybe its not the book, it is about the founders. Comparing Steve to Larry and Sergey just doesn't feel right. One extremely charismatic guy with two not so magical people.