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The Google Story: Inside the Hottest Business, Media, and Technology Success of Our Time | [David A. Vise, Mark Malseed]

The Google Story: Inside the Hottest Business, Media, and Technology Success of Our Time

The Google Story is the definitive account of the populist media company powered by the world's most advanced technology that in a few short years has revolutionized access to information about everything for everybody everywhere.
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Here is the story behind one of the most remarkable Internet successes of our time. Based on scrupulous research and extraordinary access to Google, the book takes you inside the creation and growth of a company whose name is a favorite brand and a standard verb recognized around the world. Its stock is worth more than General Motors' and Ford's combined, its staff eats for free in a dining room run by the Grateful Dead's former chef, and its employees traverse the firm's colorful Silicon Valley campus on scooters and inline skates.

The Google Story is the definitive account of the populist media company powered by the world's most advanced technology that in a few short years has revolutionized access to information about everything for everybody everywhere.

In 1998, Moscow-born Sergey Brin and Midwest-born Larry Page dropped out of graduate school at Stanford University to, in their own words, "change the world" through a search engine that would organize every bit of information on the Web for free.

While the company has done exactly that in more than one hundred languages, Google's quest continues as it seeks to add millions of library books, television broadcasts, and more to its searchable database. Listeners will learn about the amazing business acumen and computer wizardry that started the company on its astonishing course; the secret network of computers delivering lightning-fast search results; and the unorthodox approach that has enabled it to challenge Microsoft's dominance and shake up Wall Street. Even as it rides high, Google wrestles with difficult choices that will enable it to continue expanding while sustaining the guiding vision of its founders' mantra: DO NO EVIL.

©2005 David A. Vise; (P)2005 Books on Tape, Inc.

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    Luis San Juan, PR, Puerto Rico 08-17-07
    Luis San Juan, PR, Puerto Rico 08-17-07
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    "Fascinating history of Google"

    This book tells the fascinating and exciting story of one of the most important companies in our generation. It's unbelievable how a small company that started in the late nineties, survived the .com burst and be, not only the most profitable company in the internet, the symbol of what the internet is all about. David Vise does an excellent job is taking you through that journey. My only complaint is in its last chapters where it talks about certain areas Google worked on but doesn't finishes its point (i.e. The China chapter). But, all in all, a great read (or listen).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Nashua, NH USA 04-01-06
    Amazon Customer Nashua, NH USA 04-01-06 Member Since 2002
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    "So-so"

    The Google story is an interesting subject. The author comes across as biased, constantly reminding how incredible Google and its concepts seem to be. It doesn't help that the author adopts a brown-noser tone throughout the book. The story is interesting, if you can put up with these shortfalls (especially the latter one). I would've given it more stars otherwise. I found The Second Coming of Steve Jobs much more interesting and balanced.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brendan Patterson Boston, MA United States 01-22-06
    Brendan Patterson Boston, MA United States 01-22-06 Member Since 2002
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    "highly interesting but highly self-aggrandaising"

    The Google Story gives a good high level overview of this amazing company, its history, goals, strategy and successes. It does inspire some amazement and thought. However the self-aggrandaising tone of both the book and especially the reader can get pretty hard to deal with at times. But if you can get past that I think you come away quite more knowledgable about this historic and truly world changing technology and the company behind it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Enoch Chhabra 01-17-06 Listener Since 2005
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    "Interesting for those new to Google"

    I witness Google growth through the years. While I swear by it, I had no inkling of what was going on in the company. It just worked for me and that was enough. However the incredible success of Google had piqued my interest so, that I had to pick this audiobook up.
    For those of you who desire to know how Google got started, how it generates its computing power (they use PCs and not servers! millions and millions of them), how Google managed to come up with such a profitable business strategy, and what actually goes on inside the Googleplex, this is a book for you.
    Yes there is a little fluff, and most of the info is readily available on the net, but the book does package them all well.
    I learned that Google is actually in a war with Microsoft not just on products but for raw talent in recruited the best and brightest next generation knowledge worker. It now makes more sense for me. I'm satisfied that I gave this book a go.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Motley MumbaiIndia 12-23-05
    Motley MumbaiIndia 12-23-05
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    "Interesting - but not enthralling"

    The book is interesting, in that it tells the tale of a different company. To a large extent, it provides an insight into the minds of the creators of Google. Notwithstanding, the flow of the book is not good - skips the chronological order sometimes. In addition, the book focuses more on the creators than on the company. Overall, the book is interesting but not enthralling. It is difficult to go thru the book at one sitting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Crosby LONDON, UK 12-20-05
    J. Crosby LONDON, UK 12-20-05 Member Since 2004

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    "Excellent insider info"

    A wonderful inspiring story about two Jewish boys, born at opposite ends of the earth, educated in Montessori schools and grew up to be the most influential business and technology leaders of the early 21st Century.Really enjoyed hearing about Larry and Sergei's perseverance in achieving their objectives.

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    Eric Johnston 12-07-05
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    "One Sided....."

    Book has plenty of facts but falls short as a biography.... seems the Google guys never took a wrong turn and all of the oddball things they tried out made them superhuman... "Never since Guttenberg..." Please... The Narrator doesn't help either.

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    Mike Issaquah, WA, USA 12-04-05
    Mike Issaquah, WA, USA 12-04-05 Member Since 2003
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    "Google - icious"

    I love technology... and I loved this book. I use Google daily, but didn't know about their other software products till I read the book. I was never really sure how they made money (and why so much). A great listen for the business and technology minded individual.

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    Lane Grande prairie, AB, Canada 12-16-11
    Lane Grande prairie, AB, Canada 12-16-11 Member Since 2011
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    What did you love best about The Google Story?

    Its a good book. The story, history and culture of google are fasinating as they tell the story of how they became. It gets dry in some spots, but gives a good message


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    Dan Cocosa 08-04-10
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    "A Great Story"

    Well written and true to the facts. I was there after the IPO and at Stanford when they started.

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