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.
A well written book is a gem.
Have your slacker kid read this one.The title would lead you to believe employee #59 along with a bunch of other "lucky" people just happened to be standing in the right place when the astounding success of Google just struck like lightning. In actuality these were very talented people hired by even more talented people to invest themselves completely in an uncertain future. The original Google employees were not hapless rejects who came together by chance. The vetting process to work at a company like Google is this: "Hire the most talented people you can find." Do your homework.
The only downside to this one; a bit too many arcane administrative details behind the scenes. But otherwise a good instructive read.
Insightful, long, interesting
More character development/descriptives
The author's persistence to forge forward when faced with moving targets and negative feedback.
An epilogue that listed "where they are now" for employees #3-60 would have been interesting.
This book is really well written and performed. Despite the fact that a lot of the technical info is over my head I really enjoyed this book. Edwards is funny and fair in his descriptions of the challenges he experienced at Google.
This book provides insider details on how key decisions were made in the early Google days. There is a high volume of source material that outsiders will have trouble finding. The marketing perspective on this engineer-run company is especially interesting. At the beginning, the sarcastic voice inflections are overdone, but about 20% of the way through, that settles down. The writing is excellent and overall, the reading is well done. If you're interested in technology breakthroughs or Google, this book is highly recommended.
Did he have a mint in his mouth the whole time? He kept getting a little slurpy. It kinda turned my stomach a few times.
It's a great story about how some extremely smart people built a great company.
What made it great was that the writer narrated the book, so it sounded so real.
Getting the inside scoop on Google.
Himself and his reaction to the experience.
His jumping from the stability of his prior job to join this odd start-up. Turns out he picked the right one.
Well done. Bought the Kindle as well.
What a fascinating, charming story. It is so well told, it inspired me to take a Python programming class.
A fascinating look into Google, done in an honest and fair way. I don't "talk tech" so there were things that I didn't exactly understand but that never took away from the story. It's easy to see why Google is so popular!