Okay so avoiding my ongoing reading of the 10 Books about the Great Depression is getting out of hand, now I am reading more books to avoid it than the ten I am supposed to read.
I just finished The Accidental Billionares. Actually I started and finished on a six hour plane flight out to the east coast last week and I took a two hour nap during the flight. It is not a challenging read, it is pretty empty so there is just not much to force you to actually read.
The book is about the starting of Facebook and provides no real inside into why it won, the times they have passed on exits, or even how the company works. It is supposed to be about the people but comes up short really explaining how they ticked before or think now. It simplifies Zuck down to a girl chaser which is not the case.
It does share some of the inside baseball stories that most people in the valley know and even discusses a few events that I was around for like Zuck’s first trip out to the west coast to raise money and when Sean Parker got involved. These both stick in my mind because they both cost me a fortune for not doing the write thing. I did not take up the offer for “giving us $50K for servers” and when Sean asked if they could sublet part of the Spoke space for stock, I handed it off to someone else and it never got done. Now the guy I handed it off to did become the Chief Privacy Officer of Facebook, so that worked out well for him.
Facebook is an incredible company and it is run very different than any other. Much like Google changed the way people think about running Silicon Valley companies, Zuck’s approach will also have a major impact. If nothing else given the executive churn, it is producing alot of people who are going back out to the start up world with some great learnings.
Top Posts & Pages
- RT @Jason: If you want to know how pathetic tech leadership is, you won't hear 1 VC, angel or CEO condemn @gchahal beating women. Just like… 6 hours ago
- RT @jrichlive: Love these guys "@TechCrunch: Value-Focused Mobile Shopping App Wish Raises $19M From GGV & Formation 8 http://t.co/60qRlZC8… 18 hours ago
- RT @treehcapital: Excellent "Lessons Learned: 3 Yrs as Startup Founder"~@thederek. Also reminds me of why I am so happily an ex-ceo http://… 1 day ago
- RT @mdudas: "Tech CEO Dodges Felony Charge Despite Horrifying Abuse Video" --> this will make you ill: valleywag.gawker.com/tech-ceo-dodge… 1 day ago
- RT @businessinsider: I Never Met Pat Tillman, But He Made Me A Better Man read.bi/1pprD4P by @HirepurposeJobs 2 days ago
Stuff I post aboutA.T.Kearney advertising alabama amazon Associated Press Behavior Ben T Smith IV blog borland Brick and mortar business business metrics Carnegie Mellon CEO CodeGear Consumer davin deal and no deal deals Discovery shopping Disney east coast ecommerce facebook find&save Find n Save Fishing funding game show network google GSD hot startups internet startups investment iphone Lee Enterprises local maples Mass media McClatchy Company MediaNews Group merchantcircle Mergers mobile Mobile Devices Newspaper newspaper ads newspapers oliver muoto Online advertising Online Shopping plaxo relationships Retail Retailers Risk rustic canyon shopping silicon valley Smartphone social-media Spoke Software Startups tablet Tablets technology User Experience venture capitalists venture firm video Wanderful Media Washington Post web entreprenuer Yahoo zibibbo