Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley by Antonio Garcia Martinez

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Read Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley Online Free - Liar’s Poker meets The Social Network in an irreverent exposé of life inside the tech bubble, from industry provocateur Antonio García Martínez, a former Twitter advisor, Facebook product manager and startup founder/CEO.

The reality is, Silicon Valley capitalism is very simple:

Investors are people with more money than time.

Employees are people with more time than money.

Entrepreneurs are the seductive go-between.

Marketing is like sex: only losers pay for it. 

Imagine a chimpanzee rampaging through a datacenter powering everything from Google to Facebook. Infrastructure engineers use a software version of this “chaos monkey” to test online services’ robustness—their ability to survive random failure and correct mistakes before they actually occur. Tech entrepreneurs are society’s chaos monkeys, disruptors testing and transforming every aspect of our lives, from transportation (Uber) and lodging (AirBnB) to television (Netflix) and dating (Tinder). One of Silicon Valley’s most audacious chaos monkeys is Antonio García Martínez.

After stints on Wall Street and as CEO of his own startup, García Martínez joined Facebook’s nascent advertising team, turning its users’ data into profit for COO Sheryl Sandberg and chairman and CEO Mark “Zuck” Zuckerberg. Forced out in the wake of an internal product war over the future of the company’s monetization strategy, García Martínez eventually landed at rival Twitter. He also fathered two children with a woman he barely knew, committed lewd acts and brewed illegal beer on the Facebook campus (accidentally flooding Zuckerberg's desk), lived on a sailboat, raced sport cars on the 101, and enthusiastically pursued the life of an overpaid Silicon Valley wastrel.

Now, this gleeful contrarian unravels the chaotic evolution of social media and online marketing and reveals how it is invading our lives and shaping our future. Weighing in on everything from startups and credit derivatives to Big Brother and data tracking, social media monetization and digital “privacy,” García Martínez shares his scathing observations and outrageous antics, taking us on a humorous, subversive tour of the fascinatingly insular tech industry. Chaos Monkeys lays bare the hijinks, trade secrets, and power plays of the visionaries, grunts, sociopaths, opportunists, accidental tourists, and money cowboys who are revolutionizing our world. The question is, will we survive?

Title : Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley
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ISBN : 0062458191
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 528 pages


Rob rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 08, 2016

The title is a little misleading. It really is one guys story about building his company, selling it to Twitter and then working at Facebook. Full of stories of egomaniacs and hubris - from the author and the characters he works for. Not a great statement of humanity's progress, not inspirational...

Will rated it ★★★★☆

August 28, 2016

…technology entrepreneurs are society’s chaos monkeys, pulling the plug on everything from taxi medallions (Uber) to traditional hotels (AirBnB) to dating (Tinder). One industry after another is simply knocked out via venture-backed entrepreneurial daring and hastily shipped software. Silicon Va...

Andrew rated it ★★★★☆

May 18, 2017

I’m not a techie - I use a minimal amount of my smartphone’s many capabilities and survived the introduction of major technology into my chosen career with a bit of luck and much help from friends and colleagues – but I am interested in the business of technology. That’s to say, how the introduct...

Ryan rated it ★★★★★

July 02, 2016

This book is several things. 1) A great introduction to how Silicon Valley tech really works. I've worked in tech startups for two decades, and this is exactly they kind of stuff which often happens but is rarely publicly discussed. 2) An enthralling memoir of one of the most interesting people aro...

Marcus rated it ★★★★☆

December 10, 2016

At no point do you get the sense that Martínez is censoring himself beyond what he might absolutely have to do for legal reasons. He’s all in. His personal life is a wreck and he shamelessly puts it out there for all the world to see and judge him by. His career in both Wall Street and Silicon Va...

Laura rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 20, 2016

Pretentious, pseudo-intellectual misogynist pontificates about his theories on tech business, society, and capitalism while sneering at every other human with Olympian contempt and making unacceptable sexist comments about women for about 500 pages. Had he not insisted on cultivating such an insuf...

John rated it ★★☆☆☆

July 13, 2016

An interesting inside baseball start-up tale is ruined by the authors ego dysfunction. While there are some interesting bits and even a few accurate observations they are ruined with insults and crudeness. The authors casual insults to women, the Bay Area, his co-founders and investors betrays so...

Wen rated it ★★★★★

January 17, 2018

The book covered two major stages of the author's Silicon Valley career: his co-founding of a startup, and his experience as a project manager at Facebook. Prior to those parts, he also briefly traced his short tenure at Goldman Sachs and later at a sinking Valley startup. it was an unique inside...

Cliff rated it ★★★★★

July 10, 2016

As somebody who overlapped at FB on the Ads team with the author (though we never actually worked together), I found this an extremely accurate portrayal of the company and the larger Silicon Valley culture in general. If you're interested in the inside perspective, I recommend this highly.

Atila rated it ★★★★☆

October 21, 2017

Uma ótima perspectiva do que se passa no Silicon Valley e com o Facebook em especial, vindo de alguém de dentro. O Antonio Martinez é formado em física, saiu da Goldman Sachs para criar uma startup e foi para o Facebook logo depois. E o livro conta a experiência do processo, ao mesmo tempo que se...

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