Follow the stories of three Harvard Business School graduates from 1998 class as they launch their startup ventures. The story takes you from their entry into HBS through eventual success, and drives home 10 key lessons critical to all entrepreneurial success.
It is a little bit of an HBS puff piece at times (I mean really, how many times can you use the phrase "elite business school" in a sentence with Harvard) - but is really quite well written with valuable content.
I would recommend to other readers.
The first thing you should know about this book: the author loves Facebook. The second thing you should know about this book: I think the author holds a secret crush on Zuck.
I'm a big reader of tech non-fiction, so hoped to get a back story look at the history of Facebook. Unfortunately this reads more like a Wikipedia entry than a work of a tech historian. The best example is the handling of the Winklevoss twins, which is one of the best known public controversies involving Facebook. While the author mentions the lawsuit, he glosses over it like a political spinmeister bent on protecting a candidate.
There is surprisingly little information in this book that you won't already know if you are in the technology industry, or can find out via a quick Google search if you are not. In fact, for a more expanded treatment of this book, just watch the movie The Social Network. ;)
This one reads like it came out of Facebook corporate PR.
Use a professional narrator. Author-read books are usually poorly done, and this one is no exception.
I think I did ;)
Lack of structure in the book. It switches between history and personal prognostication of the author.
Narration was fine
It is actually two books: 1) a history of computing centered around Princeton personalities, and 2) author's dabbling in computer futures
Did I just listen to that audio book, or did the audio book listen to me? Say that phrase a few hundred times and you will know what it feels like listening to 2nd half of the book.
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