I'm Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59
Comparing Google to an ordinary business is like comparing a rocket to an Edsel. In its infancy, Google embraced extremes — endless days fueled by unlimited free food, nonstop data-based debates, and bloodletting hockey games. The company’s fresh-from-grad-school leaders sought more than old... show more
Comparing Google to an ordinary business is like comparing a rocket to an Edsel. In its infancy, Google embraced extremes — endless days fueled by unlimited free food, nonstop data-based debates, and bloodletting hockey games. The company’s fresh-from-grad-school leaders sought more than old notions of success; they wanted to make all the information in the world available to everyone — instantly. Google, like the Big Bang, was a singularity — an explosive release of raw intelligence and unequaled creative energy — and while others have described what Google accomplished, no one has explained how it felt to be a part of it. Until now. Douglas Edwards, employee number 59, offers the first inside view of what it was like to be a Googler. Experience the unnerving mix of camaraderie and competition as Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the company’s idiosyncratic young partners, create a famously nonhierarchical structure, fight against conventional wisdom, and race to implement a myriad of new features while coolly burying broken ideas and wounded products. I’m Feeling Lucky captures for the first time the self-invented culture of the world’s most transformative corporation and offers unique access to the emotions, particularly the tensions, experienced by those who built overnight one of the world’s best-known brands.
Publish date: 2011-07-12
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages no: 432
Edition language: English
Title: I’m Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59 Author: Douglas Edwards Pages: 390 (hardcover) Summary: Google had a crazy path from start-up to technology giant and I’m a sucker for tech start-ups, so this book was very appealing to my inner nerd. It is told, however, from a ...
Occasionally, there was too much detail, but overall, I found it intriguing. Interesting perspective on a slightly older (early 40s) non-techie family man, working in the midst of lots of young, driven, hard-core engineer types. Intriguing study of a "new" workplace. Interesting both to learn more a...
Audible audiobook, not listed in editions.Fine so far as it goes. Edwards chronicles (often thematically rather than chronologically) his adventures as an early employee in Google's start-up phase. I found it interesting to read about Google, and interesting for a while to read about Edwards's inter...
Wow. A fast-paced, funny, insightful account of a newspaper marketing manager taking a career risk to join a start-up tech company "with no revenue and no discernible business plan". From the interview process to his ultimate departure, Edwards weaves a fascinating everyman's tale of the meteoric ev...