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The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World
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The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World

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Ten years ago, the idea of getting into a stranger’s car, or walking into a stranger’s home, would have seemed bizarre and dangerous, but today it’s as common as ordering a book online. Uber and Airbnb are household names: redefining neighbourhoods, challenging the way governments regulate business and changing the way we travel.

In the spirit of iconic Silicon Valley renegades like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, a new generation of entrepreneurs is sparking yet another cultural upheaval through technology. They are among the Upstarts, idiosyncratic founders with limitless drive and an abundance of self-confidence. Young, hungry and brilliant, they are rewriting the traditional rules of business, changing our day-to-day lives and often sidestepping serious ethical and legal obstacles in the process.

The Upstarts is the definitive account of a dawning age of tenacity, creativity, conflict and wealth. In Brad Stone’s highly anticipated and riveting account of the most radical companies of the new Silicon Valley, we find out how it all started, and how the world is wildly different than it was ten years ago.

Title:The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World
ISBN:0593076354
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:384 pages
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    The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World Reviews

  • Rob Woodbridge
    Feb 09, 2017

    I love this type of book typically but the way Stone wove this story was amazing. One of, if not the, best "how did these companies emerge seemingly over night to become household names and change the...

  • Aditya Hadi
    Feb 25, 2017

    Tahukah kamu kalau mungkin saat ini tidak akan ada aplikasi Uber bila sang founder tidak menonton film James Bond Casino Royale? Dan mungkin saat ini tidak ada lagi yang mengenal Airbnb jika para foun...

  • Ethan Chan
    Feb 10, 2017

    An account by Brad Stone on the sharing economy giants Uber and Airbnb. It does paint a more balanced picture of the actions of Uber in contrast to the over sensationalized negative media coverage on ...

  • Vartika
    Mar 15, 2017

    Good piece of journalism that includes reporting some lesser known facts about the Upstarts which are less companies more a phenomenon in their own might.However, a great book for me is one that lends...

  • Hallgrimur Oddsson
    Feb 23, 2017

    Fín bók. Frásögnin er nokkuð hlutlaus (þó ég sé alveg tilbúinn að láta sannfæra mig um annað) og þetta er mjög ítarleg og lifandi yfirferð yfir sögu Uber og Airbnb og deilurnar sem ...

  • Roy Goonewardene
    Feb 28, 2017

    2.5 stars. A little one sided but I guess you get this from one of these types of novels. Was more interested in the chapters on Uber....

  • Andrew
    Feb 14, 2017

    *3.5 stars*I was a little worried about parallel narrative tracks about two different companies, but it works. Two fast-paced startup stories told from their founders' perspectives. I think the Uber s...

  • Conrad
    Mar 25, 2017

    The upstarts contains a solid telling of the history of AirBNB and Uber. I was pretty intimately involved with the Uber part of the story and I can say that the history there is very much accurate. I ...

  • Athan Tolis
    Feb 16, 2017

    I read this at warp speed. Like, I read it in the tube, I read it in a taxi (bad idea,) I read it while code was compiling. I had to know what happens next.Did it address any of the big issues about t...

  • Juan Grana
    Mar 26, 2017

    Pretty interesting, managed to successfully weave together the story of Uber and Airbnb. Towards the end it ended up getting less interesting, perhaps not Stone's fault but rather a reflection that gr...