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A Journey Into the Savage Heart of Silicon Valley

Book - 2018 | First edition
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An "exploration of Silicon Valley tech culture [which the author believes consists of] greed, hubris, and retrograde politics ... that aspires to radically transform society for its own benefit"--Dust jacket flap
Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, 2018
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781627794855
Branch Call Number: 338.47004 PEIN
Characteristics: 309 pages ; 22 cm


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May 22, 2020

"Silicon Valley is the most brutal capitalistic machine there is. The strong get stronger and the weak get crushed. It's very Darwinian."
We all love our technology, but the tech overlords of Silicon Valley, with their ridiculous amounts of money, nutty ideas, and Libertarian vibes, are often profoundly anti-democratic. This is the third book I've read recently on the subject and it's by far the best and bleakest. "Uncanny Valley" was good but not terribly insightful. Corey Pein, who has written for "The Baffler," balances his own experiences with interviews with a wide array of people in the industry. It's as bad as you think. Alternate title: "Fear and Loathing in Silicon Valley."

Dec 25, 2019

“Some inventions, once unleashed, cannot realistically be controlled.”

- from the conclusion (and my new tattoo)

Someone recommended this book on twitter - first time for that - and now it won’t be my last. Living in San Francisco at the time of the writing of this book, I can attest to the frenetic craziness of the VC nightmare of 2015. That’s more or less what this book is about - how young white guys try to sell their souls for start-up money and fame. It’s a terrifically written book about start-up culture at the apex of the Uber copycat world down there in SOMA.

The author is so compelling and looks at startup culture through the lenses of history, influencers, housing, conferences and networking, and writes probably the most delightful chapter on Peter Thiel you’ll ever read. (Peter Thiel is hardly delightful. Reading about him is difficult if you think he’s an evil genius. This author brings all the relevant background, history and current connections together in a way I could actually read all the way through.)

The author is brilliant at looking at the consequences of all this money-making technology everyone seems so excited about investing in. Techies aren’t ethicists and create without consequence. Scary, to put it mildly.

NFreaderNWPL Jul 27, 2018

Behind every five successful entrepreneurs stand ninety-five who didn't make it. Yet the media environment is saturated with biographies of superstar entrepreneurs and others who triumphed over adversity. Against this backdrop, Pein brings readers along for the ride as he attempts to make it in Silicon Valley start-up culture. The result is often hilarious and weird, reading like a natural follow-up to Barbara Ehrenreich's immersion in the white-collar world of networking and self-development in "Bait and Switch."

Jul 08, 2018

a Great book if you are interested in the future as seen from Silicon Valley. An informative tail.

May 17, 2018

Greed never makes for a happy life.

May 16, 2018

Great and perfectly descriptive blurb on the back cover of the book by Thomas Frank [Listen, Liberals and What's the Matter With Kansas?].
This book is really aimed at aspiring 13 - - 20 year-olds, as a warning of the amorality of what constitutes the present tech industry.
I was a bit put off by the author's glibness, but he does make some good points along the way. Would especially recommend the first 5 pages of the book, and also pp. 131 - 136, and of greatest importance were pp. 155 -- 157.
The author sometimes confuses robber barons with nerds, otherwise he's on the right track.
[At the end of this book the author includes some very interesting comments on the demonetization which took place recently in India - - fascinating!]


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