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Valley of the Gods: A Silicon Valley Story
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Valley of the Gods: A Silicon Valley Story


In a riveting, hilarious account, reporter Alexandra Wolfe exposes a world that is not flat but bubbling—the men and women of Silicon Valley, whose hubris and ambition are changing the world.

Each year, young people from around the world go to Silicon Valley to hatch an idea, start a company, strike it rich, and become powerful and famous. In Valley of the Gods, Wolfe follows three of these upstarts who have “stopped out” of college and real life to live and work in Silicon Valley in the hopes of becoming the next Mark Zuckerberg or Elon Musk. No one has yet documented the battle for the brightest kids, kids whose goals are no less than making billions of dollars—and the fight they wage in turn to make it there. They embody an American cultural transformation: A move away from the East Coast hierarchy of Ivy Leagues and country clubs toward the startup life and a new social order.

Meet the billionaires who go to training clubs for thirty-minute “body slams” designed to fit in with the start-up schedule; attend parties where people devour peanut butter-and-jelly sushi rolls; and date and seduce in a romantic culture in which thick glasses, baggy jeans, and a t-shirt is the costume of any sex symbol (and where a jacket and tie symbolize mediocrity). Through Wolfe’s eyes, we discover how they date and marry, how they dress and live, how they plot and dream, and how they have created a business world and an economic order that has made us all devotees of them.

A blistering, brilliant, and hysterical examination of this new ruling class, Valley of the Gods presents tomorrow’s strange new normal where the only outward signs of tech success are laptops and ideas.

Title:Valley of the Gods: A Silicon Valley Story
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Number of Pages:272 pages
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    Valley of the Gods: A Silicon Valley Story Reviews

  • Tom Armstrong
    Feb 22, 2017

    This is a very disjointed book. It purports to follow the story of a few of the first class of Thiel Fellows and their decision to forgo college, move to Silicon Valley, and start companies. But it di...

  • Andrew
    Nov 09, 2016

    *3.5 stars*I don't really care about Silicon Valley. And I'm even less enamoured with the crazies who inhabit it. But this one held my attention as it follows the ups-and-downs of Peter Thiel's dropou...

  • Alex Moskalyuk
    Mar 19, 2017

    Overly repetitive and delves into needless details, such as names of people, projects and companies that go nowhere and are mentioned in the book once. Entire chapters are dedicated to digressions (e....

  • Serena
    Jun 08, 2017

    I found this book disjointed and hard to follow. I was interested in reading more about the distinct culture of Silicon Valley but there was no engaging narrative to follow, and the author's feelings ...

  • Hannah
    Mar 05, 2017

    Three chapters in I knew everything I ever (didn't) want to know about Silicon Valley start-ups. Then it became a long list of techie names and descriptions of fridge contents and living arrangements ...

  • Jim
    Jan 13, 2017

  • Megan Nigh
    May 04, 2017

    Was really intrigued by the topic, but after many major grammatical errors, I'm done with this book. I'm giving it one extra star for the clever title. However, apart from the clever title, the actual...

  • Lynn
    May 07, 2017

    The clothes are different and they brag about being the smartest guy in the room but they're still just a modern form of robber baron.Also reminded me of 1 of my favorite quotes:"...STEM [Science, Tec...

  • Rachel
    Mar 12, 2017

    "The cruisers were nouveau-nerdy, a cross between the Williamsburg hipster, the navel-gazing Tim Ferriss–following autosexual, and of course its predecessor, the metrosexual. During lectures, aisles...

  • Cristian
    May 04, 2017

    I came to know about this book while listening to the New York Times Book review podcast. I decided to give the book and within a week I was done. The podcast host discussed on who was the audience fo...