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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author of The Everything Store Brad Stone takes us deep inside the new Silicon Valley.

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 are household names: redefining neighbourhoods, 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, a new generation of entrepreneurs is sparking yet another cultural upheaval through technology. They are among the Upstarts, idiosyncratic founders with limitless drive and an abundance of self-confidence. Young, hungry and brilliant, they are rewriting the traditional rules of business, changing our day-to-day lives and often sidestepping serious ethical and legal obstacles in the process.

The Upstarts is the definitive account of a dawning age of tenacity, creativity, conflict and wealth. In Brad Stone's highly anticipated and riveting account of the most radical companies of the new Silicon Valley, we find out how it all started and how the world is wildly different than it was 10 years ago.

©2017 Brad Stone (P)2017 Penguin Random House UK

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  • MattB944
  • 02-12-17

Definite must read for all entrepreneurs

Definite must read for all entrepreneurs with big dreams. Great insight into big mistakes not to make or how you should or shouldn't run a business.

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  • Chewy
  • 04-07-17

Not for me

So this book was interesting in a way that it goes into depth of their journey of uber etc but probably not what I was expecting so rushed it and it felt long. I didn't know what I was expecting but I didn't connect; it's not a bad book but just not for me. It's good if you wanna imagine the reality of an upstart & its trials & tribulations. Respect to the author but I am prob not your correct audience.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-30-18

Excellent book...well written and read.

loved it. a must for anyone interested in the rise of the new global start-ups

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  • Coffee4Life
  • 11-17-17

Started strong

Started strong - and it as clearly very very well researched - but i have to admit it did get a little tedious in the second half. Still a good book if you are interested in the formation of huge companies.

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  • Ahmed K
  • 08-15-17

Interesting account of Uber and Airbnb's history

Good for the history (recounting everything with information from insiders), but could've been more insightful.

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  • Colly23
  • 06-06-17

Real insight into the world of the Upstart

If you are fascinated by the recent uprising of the sharing economy heavyweights - Uber & Airbnb - then this book will really appeal.

The 2 stories run alongside each other, which helps illustrate the speed of growth and briefly references the competition they faced throughout this period.

Personally, I was more interested by the insight into the characters of Travis Kalanick and Brian Chesky - what drove them to success and how they challenged city law-makers & resistance from competition... who knows what will happen next!?

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  • Ryan Law
  • 04-29-17

Great

airbnb stuff is kind of boring but it's worth it for the pieces on uber... kind of wish Brad stone waited until that incident where a driverless car crashed to write it but it's good.
after the everything store I'm a solid Brad stone fan

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-17-17

Interesting but can be a little dull in parts

A little too focussed on two companies and gets a little boring towards the second half of the book. The history of these two companies is still relatively short.

It still makes for very interesting reading however.

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  • Oli
  • 04-07-17

Good story, and understanding of these entrepreneurs

Good story, and understanding of these entrepreneurs - although could be more take away lessons, still the emotions you feel about the companies and how ruthless you need to be as an entrepreneur in some industries is quite a great lesson.

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  • shutterclick
  • 03-31-17

Very interesting listen

A great listen into the insight of how these two extremely successful companies grew and continue to do so. Also gives insight how they both had to overcome/bend/influence local laws to get wanted they wanted.

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  • rafay
  • 10-14-17

A must for entrepreneurs who want to create something big

It's a fantastic book that lets you see the massive tech giants as what they really are, as a couple of like minded people who got together and had a vision of the world that wasn't created yet. It lets you see the process of building an empire and the hoops each start up had to jump through just to make it into 2017. Definitely recommend this book.

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  • Hayley
  • 10-05-17

Fascinating

Easy to listen to and well written. A clear insight into the world of the rapidly growing tech companies. A fascinating journey for anyone entering the startup world.

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  • William
  • 09-11-17

So good!

Great stories and insights on Uber & Airbnb, learnt a lot about business and tactics listening to this book.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-11-17

Great book, a bit heavy on regulations

Great book. A little too heavy on regulations for my liking, but there are golden nuggets of insight here.