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review 2017-11-21 16:46
Annoyed this is my 337th Review
Startup - Doree Shafrir

Really did not enjoy this at all. Overly descriptive to the point of distracting, not much of a plot, the characters were underdeveloped, and the ending just hangs there. I guess it's to let us readers imagine what would happen next. I imagine that the three women characters went off somewhere to talk to Lena Dunham about things, since I think they have as much understanding about what feminism does as she has. 

 

Let's begin. "Startup" I think was supposed to be a tongue and cheek look at the startup and tech industry in New York. Told in the third person we follow 3 characters.

 

Mack McAllister (rising star in the startup industry) Sabrina (back in the workforce working for one of Mack's managers) Katya (a reporter) who works for Sabrina's husband, Dan. There is also the character of Isabel who I guess you could say is the catalyst for a lot of things that happen in this book, but I don't consider her or Dan main characters really. They are just there for the majority of the book. 

 

I didn't like any of the characters. The men were awful, but I think I was supposed to root for the three women (Sabrina, Katya, and Isabel) at the end of the book and I didn't. The three of them were just as terrible as the men in this book and I hated that we had Katya being a particular hypocrite about what the character of Mack got up to considering what was going on with her too. 

 

Honestly most of the things that were discussed went over my head a fair bit. I am 37 so I am on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. I loathe Snapchat and will never get an account. Why does anyone think I need to see a picture of you with a dog nose? Ahem. 

 

I didn't like the writing in this at all. It took til about the 40 percent mark to even get the story up to interesting status for me. The first couple of chapters were painfully over written and it was hard to even read some of the sentences. 

There was one person at MorningRave who did not post any selfies to Instagram. She was there to dance, and only to dance. Nor did she say hello to Mack. She knew who he was, but he was not yet aware of her existence. Katya Pasternack was at the party with her boyfriend, Victor, who himself was a founder of a small company called StrollUp.

 

Katya weighed ninety-nine pounds and had never gone to the gym a day in her life, but she danced at this party as though it were her job.

 

Mack McAllister exited his East Village apartment building wearing a royal-blue gingham-checked button-down shirt tucked into jeans and a navy blazer. He carried a soft brown briefcase with two buckles, given to Mack by his father when he graduated from the University of Texas and on which his initials--WSM, William Sumner McAllister--were embossed in gold capital letters.  

 

The ending fell flat for me. I guess I should have been all girl power. Instead I rolled my eyes. 

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text 2017-11-20 23:45
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Startup - Doree Shafrir

A very meh book.

 

Not written that well and all the characters are terrible in different ways. 

 

I think the author overly explained a lot of the tech and startup aspects and should have spent time developing her characters. Told in the the third person, we follow a cast off characters working in the startup and tech world. I found the reasoning behind one man "getting his" to be crap considering that he loses everything and everyone else is just mildly upset if that. I just felt the author pushed the wrong message there. My takeaway was one white dude is jealous of other white dude and plots his downfall. 

 

The flow wasnt great and the first 30 percent just drowns you out cause it's overly descriptive to the point you start skipping words to just get to the next page. 

 

The ending was off. I kept thinking the book couldn't be over, but it was. It would have been nice all characters to have their moment of finding out they sucked too, but it's not too be.

 

Also this book wasn't funny. Why it's tagged as humor on Goodreads baffles me.

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text 2017-11-20 14:57
Reading progress update: I've read 34%.
Startup - Doree Shafrir

Ehh. I don't know. For right now nothing about this book is singing to me. I can't even remember now why I was so fired up to read this at one point. I would caution the author in being overly descriptive with everything though. I think I just started to yawn after one paragraph goes from a character smoking, to him being chubby, but still attractive, and described his clothing from head to foot. I just don't care that much. Describe things, but not to the point that it causes your readers to shut off what you are saying cause it's too much. 

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text 2017-10-23 11:56
Do You Know the Advantages of the Fintech Startups?

With more business being carried out online, people are seeking better financial transactions. This spearheaded the innovation of the crypto currency. Financial technology is gaining momentum as more people are embracing the idea. The value of the currency is steadily increasing as people acquire it. This has made it a good investment for many folks.

Value of the currency

Using other currencies in carrying out global transactions is challenging. This is because the currencies in different countries always have different values. During the transaction, one party is likely to benefit more than the other. The Malaysia fintech startup offers crypto currency which has the same value in every country. This makes global trading easy.

Acceptance

Many individuals are seeing the benefits of using the crypto currency in their transactions. Hence, they easily accept any payment for digitalized currency. This shows that both consumers and traders are free to use the crypto currency any time. In fact, the demand for crypto currency is very high. Numerous merchants prefer making digitalized payments.

Safe transactions

The fintech startups in Malaysia are keen on maintaining the security of their services. They never ignore the presence of fraudsters who are interested in duping people. The companies encrypt every transaction. They upgrade their security systems to avert any threats. This tactics are vital in ensuring that the transactions of their clients are safe. 


This prevents loss of financial investments. You should avoid any company with a weak encryption system.

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47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor D.E
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review 2017-07-18 00:00
Startup: A Novel
Startup: A Novel - Doree Shafrir So, I started this book thinking it was one thing...and I'm not sure I even remember what/why...but it was not that. HOWEVER - I was very pleasantly surprised about the pace, story, and characters.

I am a regular listener of Doree and Matt's podcast (Matt and Doree's Eggcellent Adventure) and I should have known, just from listening to Doree that I would enjoy her writing voice. I enjoy her intelligent humor on the podcast, the book was just as enjoyable. The characters were well developed and personable, so I cared about what happened to them. The story was interesting and engaging, so not only did I enjoy it, but I am eager for more. Doree is a talented writer and I look forward to reading more of her work.
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