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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

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 12/02/2017
    MattB944 12/02/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "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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    Chewy 07/04/2017
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    "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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    Oli 07/04/2017
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    "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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    "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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    "great story about the battles of the startups"

    both uber and airbnb are well known and this book paints the history very well. their technical barriers seemed like the easy parts. the battles with people and government seemed to be the biggest battle. really interesting to see how they copied so well with it.

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