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The Upstarts Audiobook

The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World

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Publisher's Summary

A look deep inside the new Silicon Valley from the New York Times best-selling author of The Everything Store.

Ten years ago the idea of getting into a stranger's car or walking into a stranger's home would have seemed bizarre and dangerous, but today it's as common as ordering a book online. Uber and Airbnb have ushered in a new era: redefining neighborhoods, challenging the way governments regulate business, and changing the way we travel. In the spirit of iconic Silicon Valley renegades like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, another generation of entrepreneurs is using technology to upend convention and disrupt entire industries. These are the upstarts, idiosyncratic founders with limitless drive and an abundance of self-confidence. Led by such visionaries as Travis Kalanick of Uber and Brian Chesky of Airbnb, they are rewriting the rules of business and often sidestepping serious ethical and legal obstacles in the process.

The Upstarts is the definitive story of two new titans of business and a dawning age of tenacity, conflict, and wealth. In Brad Stone's riveting account of the most radical companies of the new Silicon Valley, we discover how it all happened and what it took to change the world.

©2016 Brad Stone (P)2016 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Brad Stone's The Upstarts reads like a detective story: A page turning who-did-it on the creation of billion dollar fortunes and the ruthless murder of traditional businesses. No single book will tell you more about what life feels like inside companies like Airbnb and Uber as they grow from mere ideas into merciless machines for innovation, riches and unease. The sweat. The stress. The power highs of new instant fortunes. It's all here. You won't be able to put The Upstarts down. And when you finally do, you'll look at your own company and career in a totally fresh way." (Joshua Cooper Ramo, author of The Seventh Sense)

"In The Upstarts, Brad Stone has vividly captured the cultural and economic upheaval brought about by the latest generation of Internet superpowers. His book is a magnificent expose of how companies like Uber and Airbnb came to be, the people that profited and lost out along the way and the ramifications that this technology will have on the world for decades to come. Stone remains the preeminent chronicler of the Internet Age and a master story teller." (Ashlee Vance, author of Elon Musk)

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    "A Must-Read/Listen for all Start-ups"

    As an entrepreneur, this book was extremely insightful and inspiring on many levels. I have already shared with others and look forward to listening again. Well done Brad Stone and Dean Temple.

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    "super surface level. no new info in this book."

    not a book you'll learn from. seemed more like entertainment. overall not great. wouldn't recommend.

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    Nelson Reyneri 03-25-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Another great and important book by Brad Stone"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Upstarts to be better than the print version?

    Yes, narrator s excellent


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The founders of AirBnB and Uber


    Any additional comments?

    Brad Stone is one of America's top writer- recommend his book on Amazon as well as following his writings on Business Week. Anyone interested in starting a business or understanding the dynamics of what is driving disruption on today's global economy should read this book.

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    Michael Atlanta 03-07-17
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    good stuff for Anyone doing a startup. I will listen to it a few times. It is in my top 20 for startup books

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    John 02-28-17
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    "Great lessons from two a stories"

    truly appreciated the passion behind each company and why they were started. Reminds us to focus on solving a real problem first rather than chase an idea because you think it will make a lot of money.

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    "For Enthusiasts about the New Innovation Era!"

    The author made what could have been a blah plot line into something exciting for those who get apt up on entrepreneurial juice. It got me thinking about how products and services need to movie are consumers differently and move forward despite regulatory pressures.

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