Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley

Chaos Monkeys Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley Liar s Poker meets The Social Network in an irreverent expos of life inside the tech bubble from industry provocateur Antonio Garc a Mart nez a former Twitter advisor Facebook product manager and s

  • Title: Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley
  • Author: Antonio Garcia Martinez
  • ISBN: 9780062458193
  • Page: 450
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Liar s Poker meets The Social Network in an irreverent expos of life inside the tech bubble, from industry provocateur Antonio Garc a Mart nez, a former Twitter advisor, Facebook product manager and startup founder CEO.The reality is, Silicon Valley capitalism is very simple Investors are people with money than time.Employees are people with time than money.EntrLiar s Poker meets The Social Network in an irreverent expos of life inside the tech bubble, from industry provocateur Antonio Garc a Mart nez, a former Twitter advisor, Facebook product manager and startup founder CEO.The reality is, Silicon Valley capitalism is very simple Investors are people with money than time.Employees are people with 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 Garc a Mart nez.After stints on Wall Street and as CEO of his own startup, Garc a Mart nez 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, Garc a Mart nez 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, Garc a Mart nez 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

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    1. 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, not really a story with a reason to be told other than to garner more media to inflate an enormous ego. So the cycle goes. If you are really interested in a great book on the building of a company, rea [...]

    2. …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 Valley is the zoo where the chaos monkeys are kept, and their numbers only grow in time. With the explosion of venture capital, there is no shortage of bananas to feed them. The question for society is [...]

    3. 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 introduction of electronic technology has transformed industries I’ve known and worked in and how it has introduced new businesses I couldn’t have dreamt of when I began my working life. I know (or kn [...]

    4. 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 around in tech. Middling for a rock star or international war correspondent, but vastly more interesting than most of the people in tech.3) Insights into how Facebook made critical product decisions in what [...]

    5. 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 Valley is full of of ups and downs and decisions that are, at best, morally ambiguous.The writing is good. It’s funny, irreverent, and shows more than a passing knowledge of history and literature. Th [...]

    6. 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 insufferable persona for the narrative, the book would have been better as he does give some interesting information on the tech world and the people and companies involved in it.

    7. 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 some deep insecurities. I wont repeat them here.When Bay Area natives complain about "techies" Mr. Martinez is what they are talking about.Do not waste your time with this book.

    8. 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 insider account, and an illustrative presentation on how the animal spirit being exposed and exploited in the Silicon Valley startup world was an anatomy of technology venture capital machine, and a detailed g [...]

    9. 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.

    10. 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 afasta da situação e conta como a transição do Facebook de 2010 para 2014 refletiu na plataforma e em como se faz publicidade na internet.Um bom livro para entender a mentalidade das plataforma [...]

    11. Do you want an inside look at 1) What it's like to run a mildly successful Y Combinator startup, and 2) What it was like to work at Facebook during Battle of Google Plus, through the IPO? Then read this book.But grit your teeth and prepare to find the narrator incredibly annoying. Martinez writes like a guy who's charming until you realize he's cynical about everything and impressed with nobody. In the first 380 pages, the only things he unabashedly likes are Belgian beer, sex, and Michel Houell [...]

    12. This book was a tough slog for me. I thought the author was skilled at reading people, and did a great job of exposing the inner workings of a large tech company in Silicon Valley. However, like many of the other reviewers, I found the author and his writing style obnoxious. At times, he came across as a pretentious know-it-all, and his vindictiveness knew very little bounds. In addition, it seemed like when he had the option to use a $10 word instead of a more common one, he took it without fai [...]

    13. An otherwise interesting insider account of the intrigue and machinations of Silicon Valley it's unfortunate that the author comes across as possibly the most insufferable personality I've yet to come across in Silicone Valley lit--which is saying something. At nearly every unfortunate instance he turned the book away from SV and towards his own loathsome self, I rolled my eyes to heaven and reminded myself why, fundamentally speaking, I have never pursued a similar career: no amount of millions [...]

    14. Were it not for the possibility of legal complications, Chaos Monkeys could have been titled “Fear and Loathing in Silicon Valley.” It is a unique blend of high stakes gambling, sex, alcohol and hubris. For those willing to wade through technical detail, it shows how Internet applications like Facebook and Google convert pixels into dollars. For the rest of us, the story of the excruciatingly hard work and intense drama that go into both a startup company and the internal machinations of an [...]

    15. Not able to finish. After reading about half the book, I decided it was not worth my time. The author's jargon and general writing style were annoying, but it was how he wrote about women, as non-existent except as sex objects in this technological business world that made me just close the book. (less)

    16. No bullshit from a bullshitter. Funny, savage and truth-too-close-to-home depressing.I listened to the audiobook. I expect I'll revisit to dig into some of the heavier material while skimming the cynicism and personal attacks.

    17. Entertaining, in that he talks a lot of shit about FB execs, Twitter execs, and anyone he's worked with. But the bulk of the book is about his time as an ads product manager at FB, championing some ads thing, and it turns out I really really don't care

    18. The "X for Y" pitch for this book is that it's "Liar's Poker for Silicon Valley." However, Mr. Martinez is no Michael Lewis. Still enough flashes of brilliance peek out here and there, and you have to admire his determination to send his career into the heart of the sun like that ship at the end of BSG.I would recommend reading this instead of Disrupted because instead of Dan Lyon's detached take on the tech industry, Mr. Martinez demonstrates the unhealthy amount of passion and dedication that [...]

    19. If Antonio Martinez never writes another book, he will still go down as the author who best captured the Zeitgeist in the hottest (dare I say central?) industry of our times. Much like Michael Lewis’ debut a short 26 years ago, this is the story of a young graduate who lands a seat at the high table without having formally been invited, makes the most of it, keeps his sanity and lives to tell.So you follow him from the Vampire Squid to Adchemy, you cheer for him when he persuades two engineers [...]

    20. I found it pretty boring. This isn't how Silicon Valley is. This is a glimpse inside the life of a tech bro. The author wasn't very likable, and my opinion was confirmed late in the book when he admitted that he had a lifted truck AND a Mustang GT. I'd give this a pass.

    21. Liar’s Poker—remember that book? I wonder how it was received in 1989. It’s now considered a classic and is gleefully passed around summer training classes. It’s the North Star in a constellation of Wall Street memoirs spanning from Reminiscences of a Stock Operator (1923) to Straight to Hell (2015). I’ve spent many a night gazing into this galaxy, exploring some celestial objects that are little more than dimly lit orbs of gaseous matter.In Liar’s Poker, which is one of about four W [...]

    22. Hope King ran her review of Chaos Monkeys on CNN Money under the title “New book compares Facebook’s culture to fascism but fails to prove it.” The subtitle is equally revealing, concluding that the book “reads like four year’s worth of Medium posts from a scorned man.”Clearly, Antonio Garcia Martinez has rubbed a whole lot of people the wrong way, and not just one reviewer for CNN Money. His takedown of Silicon Valley’s culture in general and Facebook’s in particular is witherin [...]

    23. I was disappointed in this book. My perception was it would be a deeper look into Silicon Valley culture, but really it was essentially an autobiography of the author. This was problematic because the author seems narcissistic. The book describes despicable behavior in both the handling of his startup, its buyout, and his time at Facebook. His treatment of his girlfriend and their children is deplorable. If this was a sincere confessional, that would be one thing. But he excuses his behavior by [...]

    24. Personal story of a guy who initiated a startup in Silicon Valley, ran through all the stages up to an acquire-hire where he ended at Facebook as a product management for ads management. I found the first phases very interesting as it is a personal description of raising startups with characterizations of a good part of the SV grandes. The later phase gave lots of insights into the goings of Facebook during the years 2012/13 just around the IPO. The big question was how to get monetization, and [...]

    25. Completed reading 90% of the book.DNF : last 3-4 chapters For a guy who had quit reading science after the tenth grade, reading a book which is entirely based on computer science(precisely ad technology)-except for Goldman stuffs-was bit demanding .I could complete reading 90% of the book-despite not knowing anything about CS- because of the author's many analogies which he made in most of the chapters which helped understanding the stuffs in a great way Note: I liked the author's writing style [...]

    26. Cracking, rip-roaring whirl through modern Silicon Valley.Highly recommended for techies.Unflinching description of people, politics, work and places in tech land. The non YC investors are hilariously described. I suspect author does not have the ability to self criticize; nevertheless worth your time.

    27. I found myself highlighting many passages in this book. Half the time, because they were interesting/funny. The other half of the time, because they were shockingly offensive. I'm torn on the rating because the author is both a pretty entertaining writer, and also somewhat delusional about himself and his talents. I certainly wouldn't enjoy getting a drink with the man, but might actually buy this book as a gift for a friend. The prime example to me of his lack of self-awareness is the narrative [...]

    28. In case your eyes are still sparkling about Silicon Valley riches, incredible startup life and how you're going to make it big in tech, this cynical perspective on SF drama might just be for you.Antonio destroys his family, loses touch with his two kids, burns through his early youth years and at the end has very little to show for other than a hindsight look at how tech companies work and how less magical but still full of politics they are. There's not much new here if you've been working in t [...]

    29. I guess we now have a new literary genre or sub-genre, the Silicon Valley memoir, which often read like their older cousin the Wall St memoir. Martinez's "Chaos Monkeys" manages to straddle both segments and manages to deploy all the usual tropes of both. You got your jock type alpha boss who is over bearing but clueless, your prodigies (quants in trading, programmers in the Valley), casual bragging about wealth and fun it brings and of course cheeseburger eating contests. Martinez brings his ow [...]

    30. Antonio is an expert writer; he spent his childhood growing up in a library, as he explains in the book. After reading the first chapter, I knew I was going to thoroughly enjoy the language and writing style. He talks very openly about his career, and has undoubtedly lived a very interesting life. I found myself agreeing with all his perspectives on life in the Bay Area, startup life, and life at Facebook. He hasn’t made the least bit of effort to tone anything down, and he judges his own achi [...]

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