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An adrenaline-fuelled exposé of life inside the tech bubble, Chaos Monkeys lays bare the secrets, power plays and lifestyle excesses of the visionaries, grunts, sociopaths, opportunists and money cowboys who are revolutionising our world. Written by startup CEO and industry provocateur Antonio García Martínez, this is Liar's Poker meets The Social Network.

Computer engineers use 'chaos monkey' software to wreak havoc and test system robustness. Similarly, tech entrepreneurs like Antonio García Martínez are society's chaos monkeys - their innovations disrupt every aspect of our lives, from transportation (Uber) and holidays (Airbnb) to television (Netflix) and dating (Tinder) - all in search of the perfect business miracle.

Describing himself as 'high strung, fast talking, and wired on a combination of caffeine, fear, and greed at all times', García Martínez left Wall Street to make his fortune in Silicon Valley, becoming CEO of his own start-up before bailing and being poached by Facebook's nascent advertising team. Here he turned users' data into profit for COO Sheryl Sandberg and chairman and CEO Mark 'Zuck' Zuckerberg.

Forced out of Facebook in the wake of a bitter internal product war, García Martínez took his unique brand of entrepreneurial hyperactivity to rivals Twitter. Along the way he got into a lot of trouble with a lot of people, brewed illegal beer on the Facebook campus (accidentally flooding Zuckerberg's desk), lived on a yacht, raced sport cars on the highway, and enthusiastically pursued the lifestyle of an overpaid Silicon Valley mercenary.

In Chaos Monkeys he tells you how - and how not - to make a fortune through start-ups and digital marketing. Highly entertaining and always offering genuine insight, García Martínez unravels the chaotic evolution of social media and online marketing. From start-ups and credit derivatives to Big Brother and data tracking, social media monetisation and digital 'privacy', he shares both his scathing observations and outrageous antics, taking us on a subversive and very funny tour of the fascinatingly insular and unbelievably wealthy tech industry.

©2016 Antonio Garcia Martinez (P)2016 Random House AudioBooks

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amazing book

Great insight into how companies like facebook work, how companies get VC funding and how people build startups

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Bludgeons your SV illusions with a stick.

This book really was a brutally honest look into silicon valleys workings and the mind of one man: Antonio Garcia Martinez.

Chronicling his life from Wall St analyst with Goldman Sachs to Facebook product manager and office antagonist; Chaos Monkeys hooks you immediately like Mike Tyson in round one at Madison Square Garden (really f'ing hard!).

Not for the faint of heart or special snowflake this book not only takes a sharp look at life in Silicon Valley at tech giants like Google, Twitter & Facebook but also, the sordid nepotism & sexual deviancy that occurs behind these companies closed doors.

Ultimately, it appears an honest and cutting portrayal of that life and Antonio pulls no punches even when talking of himself. I'd recommend this to anyone who's ever wanted to work on SV or any budding entrepreneur looking to get a sense of the harsh realities that await you post starting a tech company.

All this is weaved withing a narrative that finds Antonio destroying Mark Zuckerbergs desk with home brewed beer, hooking up in closets with hot coworkers and having screaming matches with Chris Sacca via phone.

It will make you laugh out loud as well as cringe and cheer for Antonio who can only at times be described as the lovable asshole and protagonist of what is a well written and well read story of playing it fast and loose in the valley.

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A must read

Great read. Very entertaining as well as very insightful. Heard about it on the TWIST show and immediately bought it. The author has a great writing style.

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  • Golriz
  • 10-05-16

Lacks depth

If you really liked liars' poker you'll also like this otherwise it'll come across as quite shallow...

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  • phil chadwick
  • 08-11-16

Honest and self-critical view of silicon valley

Loved this frank, sceptical review. Real change from the usual evangelical writing about Silicon Valley

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  • Laura
  • 05-24-18

Self indulgent and too long

Intermittently both interesting and amusing, this book is unfortunately around 4-5 hours too long and very self-indulgent.

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  • Mael Dujardin
  • 03-18-18

unsympathetic character

at the beginning it was interesting, but then it becomes like listening to a self-absorbed and slightly drugged executive in a pub, droning about their accomplishments and always portraying themselves as the hero who saves the day.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-07-17

My new tech-guide bible

This book set a wild fire inside me.

Antonio's narrative with his unadulterated truth resonates with anyone working on the high end tech of the startup environment.

I finished the book and am going to go through it again. Don't want to miss a thing.

This is not only an incredible current account of the tech scene in Silicon Valley. It's full with snippets of marketing wisdom for success in the golden age of social networking, where product and brand perception is paramount.

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  • Joe
  • 07-18-18

Absolutely brilliant!

Hilarious and excellently written. Great voice acting and delivery. Very highly recommend to anyone inside or outside the tech scene.

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  • Jezza
  • 05-01-18

worth it

Long with great narration. insightful, educational and illuminating. definitely worth the time if you are in or interested in the tech industry

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  • Chris I
  • 04-24-18

Fascinating insights delivered with eloquence and wit

Loved this book. The tear down with brutal honesty style made it a fun listen.

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  • leomavin
  • 02-14-18

Super boring and useless. Avoid wasting your time.

boring, useless details, and totally unworthy story to be written about. so many better books out there to spend your time on

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  • Powerbaby01
  • 02-01-18

brilliant book and a fantastic narrator

really enjoyed this book - very insightful book into the ins and outs of silicon valley

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  • lara
  • 03-02-18

Verbose but compelling

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If the author was not so verbose the story would only have been 1/3 as long. You could sometimes get lost in his descriptions of things but under all that it was really insightful and particularly useful if you have an interest in ad exchanges.

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  • Brett
  • 03-26-17

thoroughly enjoyed

Having spent most of my working life in tech, and time in San Francisco, this book was right on point and thoroughly entertaining.

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  • Mark
  • 01-24-17

Insightful and entertaining

A very insightful and most of all entertaining read that is a must for all startup entrepreneurs and pretty much anyone in the tech or VC business. A supremely entertaining writing style and brilliantly read. Kudos A.G.M

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  • Andrew Lang
  • 10-11-16

Excellent read

Great pace and use of language. Really enjoyed the perspective of Silicon Valley and the various characters.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-02-17

A must read for anyone who buys digital advertising

As a social media manager this book was entertaining and informative and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to read a business book that true as it is sounds like a fiction novel.

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  • Richard Mitchell
  • 09-12-17

Silicon valley story.

We need to hear more stories from this era. Great read for startup entrepreneurs. Cheers

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  • alexkusuma
  • 07-17-17

just a story about his chaotic life

very well narrated, which makes me able to finish the whole book; but the content is very thin. mainly just about his chaotic life, with an emphasis on his time in Facebook. does give a bit of insight into how he work in Facebook, but nothing else. if you got nothing else to read, then go on read this one. otherwise, better read/listen to the other books first.

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  • Hayley
  • 06-25-17

Entertaining and enlightening.

A great first person glimpse into Silicon Valley and the semi-organized chaos that takes place there.